Heirloom Herb. The light green pods are delicious steamed, stuffed or in soups and stews. Hibiscus-like cream coloured flowers from 5-7.5 cm (2-3″) in diameter make a beautiful garnish and the plants themselves are often used for their ornamental appeal. Okra is among the top heat and drought tolerant vegetables grown in the world. Tender perennial grown as an annual.
How to Grow
Sow seed directly outdoors in a fully sunny site in late May or early June 1.25-2 cm (1/2-3/4″) deep and 2.5 cm (1″) apart in rows spaced 90 cm (36″) apart. Seed typically sprouts in 14-21 days. Seed can be soaked overnight before planting – this can speed up the germination to as little as 7 days. Warm soil is imperative for germination. Thin seedlings to 30-45 cm (12-18″). To get a jump on the season seed can also be started 5 weeks early indoors and then planted out after all danger of frost has passed. The pods mature quickly – they are often ready for harvest in as little as 3 to 4 days after flowering. Use a sharp knife to cut the pods from the plant when the are 5-7.5 cm (2-3″) long. For best quality, harvest pods regularly