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Growing okra quick reference guide

Growing Okra Guide

The growing okra quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing okra. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.


Quick Reference Guide

Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Okra
Also Known As Lady’s fingers
Botanical Family - Malvaceae, Genus - Abelmoschus, Species - A. esculentus
Plant Type Warm season - annual - podding vegetable
Frost Tolerance Tender
Planting Position Grow in full sun - Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily - drought tolerant
Seed Viability 2 years
Germination 8-12 days at 60-90 F (16-32 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant Direct sow
Planting Method Direct sow or Seedling transplant
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 1-2 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area but not before soil temperature are consistently 60 F (16 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Direct sowing okra seeds - 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) apart in rows 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin seedlings to 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) apart in rows 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart
Soil Conditions Well drained - Moderate to high organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 week before sowing - side-dress after the 1st pods have set - repeat every 6-8 weeks until the 4 weeks before expected 1st fall frost
Days to Harvest 50-80 days - depending on conditions and variety

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