Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

Abelmoschus esculentus : Malvaceae / the mallow family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

(Best months for growing Okra in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • P = Sow seed
  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 14 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peppers (Capsicum, Chili), Eggplant (Aubergine)

Your comments and tips

17 Feb 21, Ben (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Taryn, when did you plant your seeds? Are you harvesting the fruits already? I've just planted in couple of seeds (I'm in Brisbane). Am i to late? Ta
13 Dec 20, Peter Widdows (Australia - temperate climate)
I want very much to get enough seeds to put on a property but I'd like to know where I can get them there are a lot of people out here who have diabetes and I've heard that the seeds are even good to eat and helps people who have diabetes so please where can I buy them
13 Dec 20, Pete (Australia - temperate climate)
Im interested in growing the okra plant where can I get the seeds from is it true you can eat the whole plant and is there anyone growing them in Australia as produce
01 Feb 21, Maxine dean (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I have penty of seed...send your address and I will send you some
13 Dec 20, Peter Widdows (Australia - temperate climate)
Where would I be able to get the seeds to grow the okra plant from whats the best way to grow the plant and are they already being grown in Australia as a food source
18 Feb 21, Bert (Australia - temperate climate)
I got my seeds from The Reject Shop. Prevent mildew on okra plants 1 Part Milk 9 Part water 1 tsp bicarb
14 Dec 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
Internet seed selling companies. Maybe sold at capital city f &v markets. Google if commercially grown in aus.
31 Oct 20, Surinder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Please confirm from where to get okra seeds in Hamilton
04 Nov 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On the internet or try local gardening shops
29 Oct 20, John Phuravhathu (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
How many seeds per hole for okra.
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It’s not a good idea because zucchini takes up a lot of space at the bottom, and the roots will compete for space, I’ve grown okra and it needs space and sun to produce. Why not grow zucchini in the middle of any plant that will get burned by the summer heat, if you cut the bottom layers of the zucchini and put sticks to train it up, it’ll provide shade for lettuce, celery, anything that can grow in partial shade, zucchini can be used as an umbrella with plenty of room to plant on the ground around it.

- Sandra G

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