Okra is a vegetable that keeps on giving all summer long. When you harvest a pod, another grows in its place. It’s related to the hibiscus plant, and produces similarly beautiful flowers. Okra grows best in hot climates, but even if you live in a Northern region, you can grow okra by starting it from seed indoors and transplanting when the weather warms up. See Step 1 to learn more about how to grow okra.
Information to help the growth of okra
1) You can start okra seeds indoors in peat pots under full light 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost date.
2) You can also start okra directly in your garden 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost date as long as you cover the plants with a cold frame or grow tunnel until the weather warms up. Make sure that the covering is 2 to 3 feet tall so that the plants have room to grow.
3) If you do not start your okra plants early, wait until there is stable warm weather. You can plant okra in the garden when the soil has warmed to 65° to 70°F.
4) Plant okra in fertile, well-drained soil in full light about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and 12 to 18 inches apart. You can soak the seeds overnight in tepid water to help speed up germination.
5) If you are planting okra transplants, be sure to space them 1 to 2 feet apart to give them ample room to grow.
6) Okra plants are tall, so be sure to space out the rows 3 to 4 feet apart.
Harvest the pods when they are 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) long.
Harvest the okra every other day, and every day during the peak of the season, to encourage fast regrowth.
You might want to wear gloves and long sleeves when you harvest the okra. The leaves and pods are covered with spines that can irritate the skin