How Do You Plant Okra?

Okra is a famous vegetable for its gooey insides yet crunchy outside texture. This warm-weather crop is rich in vitamin A and is low in calories! Ready to add this vegetable to the garden?

Intro to growing Okra

Growing okra is a lot of fun. Plus, they are tasty and healthy!


Sow okra seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep into the soil and 12 to 18 inches apart. Okra ideally wants sandy loam to grow in. Sandy loam simply means soil consisting of less than 7 percent clay, less than 50 percent silt, and between 43 and 50 percent sand. Use fertile, well drained soil amended with compost.


You can also grow them in containers on a warm, sunny, sheltered patio, but need a hot summer to crop well.


You are obviously also going to need seeds!


This plant needs full sun.


Soak the seeds for two hours in warm water before sowing. Sow from late winter to early spring in small pots or seedtrays, eitherin a propagator or covered with a clear polythene bag, and keep above 16 C (60 F). Plant the okra seeds about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart in a row.


Okra should be sown at a depth of 1 inches (3 cm).


The seeds germinate in 4 to 12 days. Keep them in bright light.

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