Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
75-80 (Spring/Summer)
Growing Habit
Bush
Hardiness
Tender

Okra is heat loving and can't stand any cold whatsoever (minimum air temperature 75 degrees F).

Crops
Spring Transplant, Summer
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Warm, Hot

Okra is heat loving. Sow seeds outside in spring after all danger of frost has passed, when the soil temperature has reached 70 degrees F. It's a good succession plant after early, spring-maturing crops. Expect good yields on this 3-4 foot tall, bushy plant.

If the growing season is short, you might use cloches or black plastic to warm the soil.

Outdoor Growing Temp
65°F - 95°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
60°F

The soil should be warm before you plant (60˚F minimum) or it will rot in cold soil. Plant seeds 1/2" in cool soil and 1" deep in warm soil.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)

Okra is a tropical plant and needs full sun

Water
High

Okra must have a steady supply of water at all times. It shouldn't be too wet, however, as the plants are prone to fungus diseases when growing in cool moist conditions.

Feeder
Heavy

Okra is a hungry plant and needs plenty of nutrients for best growth (it especially loves nitrogen). If your soil isn't very fertile give them a liquid feed every 2 to 3 weeks.

Suitability
High heat, Needs lots of space
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
No
Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Whitish Green
Fruit Size
3.0-7.0"
Plant Height
48.0-60.0"
Plant Diameter
12.0-18.0"
Hardiness Zone
6-11
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Fat and tender pods with a great flavor.