Growing OkraAbelmoschus esculentus
Seed Saving Instructions
Okra is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. Okra will cross-pollinate with other okra varieties, so isolate by a minimum of 0.5 kilometer from other okra varieties.
You can direct seed okra after all risk of frost is gone and the soil is warm. Plant seeds 30 centimeter apart, 1 centimeter deep. You can also start your seeds indoors. Okra seeds can be hard to get started, but if you create cracks in the tough outer coating with nail clippers, place them in the freezer overnight, or soak them in water for a day before planting, they should germinate in 2-12 days and it will take 60-75 days for the pod to mature.
Harvest once pods are fully dry and have started to crack open. Keep pods in a dry, dark and well ventilated room for 2 weeks prior seed processing. Once seeds are completely dry, usually takes around 2 month, box and store the seeds for next year.
Known as ladies fingers, ochro or gumbo. Sources of okra are not completely clear, there are record of Egyptians eating okra with meals in 1216. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.Okra made its way around the Mediterranean, and was distributed around the world in the 17th century.
- Germination time: 2-12 days
- Sowing depth: 1 cm
- Seed spacing: 30-40 cm
- From sowing to harvest: 60-70 days
- Minimum pot size: at least 5 liters