Okra

Ladies’ fingers, Ochro, or Okro

Abelmoschus esculentus – Malvaceae

Description

Height – 6 feet
Spread – 4 to 6 feet
Root Depth – 4 to 4 1/2 feet
Hardiness – Very tender, cannot tolerate any frost
Exposure – Full sun

Planting

Depth – 1 inch
Extensive Spacing
  In Row – Spacing between plants within row in inches
  Between Rows – Spacing between rows in inches
Intensive Spacing – 1 per square foot

Direct Seed – Seeds may be presoaked overnight
  Spring – From 2 weeks after last expected frost to 12 weeks prior to first expected frost
  Fall – n/a

Transplant – Not normally transplanted
  Spring Inside – From 8 weeks prior to last expected frost to 6 weeks prior to last expected frost
  Spring Outside – From 1 week after last expected frost
  Fall Inside – n/a
  Fall Outside – n/a

Succession – Not required.

Requirements

Germination – 70°F to 95°F
Growth
  Soil – 70°F to ???
  Air – 75°F to ???
pH – 7.0 to 7.5
Watering – Moderate, 1″ per week
Fertilizer – Medium feeder, one main application of fertilizer and supplemental applications once every 4  weeks

Duration

Germination – 7 to 14 days
Maturity – 9 weeks
Harvest – Until first frost

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