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How do I plant okra?

Plant okra in hot weather when evening temperatures are in the 60s or warmer. Space okra plants 10 inches apart in a very sunny area that has fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter.

How much okra can you get from one plant? If your okra plants have ideal conditions, they can produce 20 – 30+ pods per plant. In a warmer hardiness zone such as zone 9b, you will have a longer growing season, into the fall or longer.

How to Plant Okra
  1. If you are planting okra transplants, be sure to space them 1 to 2 feet apart to give them ample room to grow.
  2. Plant okra seeds about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart in a row.
  3. Okra plants are tall, so space out the rows 3 to 4 feet apart.

How to Keep Okra Plants Short
  1. Slip on a pair of work gloves and a long-sleeved shirt before harvesting okra pods.
  2. Cut away the main stem of the okra plant with pruning shears to its desired height.
  3. Harvest the okra pods at least every other day until the growing season ends.

How To Keep Okra Plants Short

How to Keep Okra Plants Short
  1. Slip on a pair of work gloves and a long-sleeved shirt before harvesting okra pods.
  2. Cut away the main stem of the okra plant with pruning shears to its desired height.
  3. Harvest the okra pods at least every other day until the growing season ends.

How To Keep Okra Plants Short

How to Keep Okra Plants Short
  1. Slip on a pair of work gloves and a long-sleeved shirt before harvesting okra pods.
  2. Cut away the main stem of the okra plant with pruning shears to its desired height.
  3. Harvest the okra pods at least every other day until the growing season ends.

Planting: When planting okra in more temperate climates, this perennial plant becomes an annual and must be replanted each year. To plant okra it is best to soak the seeds overnight to improve germination.

In warm climates, you can plant okra seeds directly into a prepared garden bed. Before you plant, however, seed pretreatment, bed preparation and plant spacing are all important considerations. Spacing okra well at planting time allows the plants fill while preserving air circulation.

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Plant okra, melons, peas, corn, beans, eggplant, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

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Plant well after the last spring frost when the ground and air have warmed. By the end of the season, full-sized okra plants will tower overhead as these do at the edge of a tree and shrub border. In hot weather, okra pods grow fast.

Best Way To Plant Okra
Soak seeds overnight for best germination.Start seeds inside in short growing zones.Plant okra in hot weather when soil temperatures are over 65°F (18.3°C).Plant in full sun.Space okra plants 24 inches apart in fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.0.

The entire okra plant is edible. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like any other greens. Okra pods can even be eaten raw. The less cooked okra is, the better it is for you.

Growing Okra Plants ~ How To Grow Lots Of Okra!

Okra need a minimum of 6 – 8 hours of full sun each day. They need a lot of energy to produce pods. Okra grows well in the south as well as in arid climates. Shade will stunt okra plant growth.

Growing Okra Plants ~ How To Grow Lots Of Okra!

Ripe okra is about 2 to 3 inches long with a vibrant color, advises the University of Illinois Extension. Okra pods are either green or purple depending on the variety. Okra is ripe and ready for harvesting approximately five days after the plant flowers, advises Michigan State University Extension.Oct 12, 2020

ANSWER: Yes, fresh okra seeds can be used to grow new okra plants. Push the seeds down about a half inch into the soil and water them until the soil is moist, but not soggy. Plant two seeds into each pot. There is no need to cover the pots to germinate okra seeds.