Okra (Ladies Fingers/Ochro)

Okra is best known for its calcium-rich pods. It was originally used in western Africa and features highly in the cuisine of that part of the continent. It is now widely used in many tropical and temperate parts of the world. Okra has similar requirements to cucumber or melons (sheltered and warm).

How To Grow

Soak seeds fro 2 hours in warm water before planting. This will trigger the germination response. Successfull germination needs temperatures above 16 degrees Celcius, so start of indoors in climate isn't suitable. Once seedlings are large enough to handle pot them on or move to the growing site. But make sure temperatures do not drop below 15 celsius. Okra is a prolific producer (similar to courgette/zuccinni), 4 ish plants will be enough for most families.

How/When To Harvesting

Pick the pods while tender and immature (about 5-10cm). Pick regularly. It is advised to wear gloves when picking as the little hairs on the pods can irritate the skin. Keep harvesting as long as the plant keeps producing pods.

Planting Schedules for Location: Leesburg, Virginia

Sow Direct

Sow Direct

Sow Indoors / Plant Out

Sow Indoors
Plant Out
  • Sow Depth: 2 cm
  • Spacing Between Rows: 50 cm
  • Spacing Along Row: 45 cm
  • Number plants per Square Foot: 1