Plant That Okra, Now’s The Time!
The planting article said, “Plant Okra 2 – 3 weeks after the last threat of frost is past.” For Phoenix, AZ., the last threat of frost is in February. Mesa, AZ., A little closer to us is around March 15th… So, Now’s The Time To Get Orka Planted…
Now Is Not The Only Time
While now is probably the best time to plant Okra seeds, it is not the only time that you can plant Okra from seed and still be successful. I usually plant my Okra seeds around June and they still do well. Getting them started early will give you a longer growing season, my Okra plants fruited into December, so I know that they will last longer than a few months…
When choosing seeds keep in mind that when you choose the spineless varieties, that they will still have spines just not just on the pods. So be sure when handling your Okra that you wear garden gloves and long sleeves, to keep from being impaled, lol.
Preparing The Soil
Okra is not that picky about the soil it grows in but, it will produce 10 fold if you give it a good base to grow from… Compost, Manure & Rock Dust would be great additions…
Sow seeds 4 inches apart, at a depth of 1/2 inch, when they have grown to 3 inches, thin the seedlings about 1 foot apart, leaving the largest and healthiest seedlings.
Mulch The Okra
Mulch Okra with a heavy layer of, organic material, woodchips, pineneedles, or dry compost. The mulch will help retain water and prevent weeds from growing.
Okra thrives in the full, hot sun. Regular watering is needed and is particularly critical during flowering and pod development. During extended dry spells, a weekly deep soaking is beneficial.
These, Okra along with my whole garden were watered for about 1 hour every other day by sprinklers, they grew to over 10 feet tall… I think maybe they did not need that much water but I did not know the exact amount that they needed… This was my best year ever growing anything, using that quantity of water.
So, If your Okra does not grow very fast or big that could be a sign that they are not getting enough water.
Harvesting The Okra
Start harvesting a few days after the okra blooms fade. At that point, the seed pods should be soft and two to three inches long. Pick the pods at least every other day, as they quickly turn from tender to tough the bigger they grow. Handle okra gently. The pods bruise easily.
Okra reaches maturity in 50 to 65 days. The plants can produce for ten to 12 weeks, or longer. It grows and bears seed pods until frost, which quickly turns them black and kills them.
How To Preserve Okra
Come back later in the season for information on how I preserved my Okra harvest… I will put a link here…
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