Seed Saving

Okra will self-pollinate if no other plants are growing nearby. However, the flowers are very attractive to bees and if any other okra is growing within a mile, they will probably be cross-pollinated.

For this reason, you should only grow one variety at a time, or you must isolate the plants (in a cage, by bagging, or by distance). To ensure genetic variability you should save the seed from at least 5 plants. Of course you should also select the best plants to produce seed.

The fruit will take about 4 or 5 weeks to fully ripen (and the plants may well stop producing new fruits). The dry pods are even more irritating than the green pods, so wear gloves and long sleeves when harvesting.

Separate the seeds from the dry pods and dry thoroughly before storage.

Seed Viability in Years: 4 - 5 Years

Germination Percentage: 50%