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Hibiscus esculentus


Soak seeds in warm water for twenty-four hours before planting and keep the soil temperature at 24°C (75°F)or above. Soil should be fertile and high in potash with a pH of 6.0-6.8. Sow ¼" deep in flats 7-8 weeks before transplanting. Germination may take up to two weeks.


Transplant in a sunny location after last frost. Space 1-2' apart in rows 2' apart. Row covers or plastic mulch will encourage early pod set. Okra is a tropical plant therefore requiring warm weather conditions. Keep moist and and fertilize well.


For most tender and flavourful quality, harvest when pods or 3-4" long and cook as soon as possible. Pick on a weekly basis to encourage continual fruit set.