Okra Growing Guide

Okra

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Rich, well draining, moisture-retentive soil with plenty of compost dug in.

Position

Full sun and warm conditions.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Not required if good soil.

Companions

Honeydew, Cucumber, Capsicum and Eggplant.

Spacing

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.

Notes

Requires warm temperatures to give a good yield. Wear gloves if handling the plants when wet gives you an allergic reaction.

Harvesting

Pick pods young while they are still small.

Troubleshooting

Ants sometimes damage okra blossoms.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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