Okra Growing Guide

Okra

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil amended with compost.

Position

Full sun and warm conditions.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not required, but thrifty growth often indicates nutritional stress.

Companions

Melon, Cucumber, Pepper and Eggplant.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1' 7" (50cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 5" (45cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Soak seeds in water overnight before planting them 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart in warm soil. Thin to proper spacing after two weeks.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Requires warm weather to grow well.

Harvesting

Use pruning shears to gather pods less than 5 inches long. Wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to avoid prickles.

Troubleshooting

Ants sometimes damage okra blossoms.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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