Growing Okra

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Abelmoschus esculentus



Planting time: SU
Seeds per ounce: 500
Ounces per square foot: 0.006
Minimum legal germination rate: 50%
Germination type: Long Germination

Okra is most successfully grown in hot climates. Okra prefers full sun and rich soil.

Traditionally grown in southern United States, okra is often used in soups and stews. It can also be steamed, boiled, baked, fried, grilled, or pickled.


In garden spacing (inches): 12
In flat spacing (inches): 1
Planting depth (inches): 1
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 1.6
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder


Days to maturity: 49-56
Harvesting period (days): 91
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: .3


Diseases: Blossom and Fruit Blight, Charcoal Rot, Cotton Root Rot, Fusarium Wilt, Leaf Spot, Root Knot Nematode, Seedling Disease, Southern Blight.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Brown Stink Bug, Corn Earworm, European Corn Borer, Japanese Beetle, Leaffooted Bug, Leafminer, Pea Aphid, Peach Aphid, Say Stink Bug, Southern Green Stink Bug


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