Okra Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Rich, well draining, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of compost dug in.
Full sun and warm conditions.
Not required if good soil.
Single Plants: 50cm (1' 7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 45cm (1' 5") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Soak seeds in water overnight before planting them 2cm (1 in) deep and 15cm (6 in) apart in warm soil after last frosts. Thin to proper spacing after two weeks.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Requires warm temperatures to give a good yield. Wear gloves if handling the plants when wet gives you an allergic reaction.
Pick pods young while they are still small.
Ants sometimes damage okra blossoms.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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Plant Diseases which Affect Okra