Okra, an ornamental and edible growing plant, is a native tropical plant and a member of highly ornamental hibiscus family. It’s beautiful blooms make it as a decorative plant which reaches up to 3 to 5 feet tall. Okra grows well exceptionally in Southern gardens as they prefer warm season and performs best in warmer climates.
There are two varieties of okra, one is ‘Clemson Spineless’ which grows up to 4 – 5 feet tall and it is a heavy yielder. Another one is ‘PerkinsSpineless’ which is a dwarf variety and reaches up to 2 1/2 to 3 feet high.
Purchase good quality okra seeds. Plant them in an ordinary garden soil but it will do best in fertile loam. Okra needs full sun and it enjoys warmer weather so make sure you choose the right place to plant okra seeds. Sow seeds of Okra in rows giving space at least three feet apart.
Sow seed directly into the soil at least 1/2 inch deep in light soil and 1 inch deep in heavy soil; spacing is 3 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart. Water your plants gently after planting the seeds into the soil.
Once the seeds begin to germinate, thin out the seedlings about a foot apart from each other leaving the strongest plants. Feed them using the best hydroponic product available with Emerald Harvest for the higher yields. Add 1ml grow in 1 liter of water and apply to the plant for about two weeks. Ensure Okra plant get the maximum amount of nutrients in the least amount of time. The hydroponics experts will be able to guide you perfectly with the plan of action for the third week.
Edible pods will start appearing 50 to 60 days after planting. Harvest okra when they are 3 to four inches in length. In warmer season, check your okra plants every other day for the new growths and harvest them quickly as this will encourage for more pods. Harvest the pods with a stem so that it won’t lose their gelatinous juice.
Don’t let the pod ripen on the stalk if you want your plant to produce more. Harvest the young pods because they are more nutritious and tender. Once the plant slows down the production, cut off the top to one third, so that it will grow side shoots to produce more crop.
Note: Wear gloves while handling okra plants as it will be very sensitive to your skin.