Okra is a North African plant that has been a kitchen star since the 17th century. It is easy to grow this vegetable. Here’s how:
Steps to Grow Okra
- Picking the Site
- Planting the Okra
- Harvest Time
First, pick a suitable growing site for your okra. This site should be fully exposed to sunlight. You may also add extra warmth by warming the soil using black plastic around 2 to 4 weeks before you plant the seeds.
Choose loamy soil that has a pH of 6.0-.8.0 and is relatively fertile. Cultivate thoroughly. After that, add a handful of manure or any well-composted organic fertilizer so the plant can get a lot of nitrogen.
Okra can rise up to eight feet tall. Have a big planting site to ensure that your okra will not shade shorter plants. You may plant the seeds with one-to-two feet of space in between, or you may plant them in a zig-zag pattern.
It is best to plant okra during the summer. If you bought seeds, plant them during 65-degree Fahrenheit days. The seeds will just rot if the soil is not this warm. If you bought young plants, set them on the soil when there’s no danger of frost. Follow the 65-degree Fahrenheit rulel. If you decide to get seedlings, add an additional handful of compost to each planting hole.
The ideal depth is 1.5-inch for your okra seeds. Remember to strike the balance between the okra getting enough sunlight and enough area to encourage root growth.
Cover your plants with cloches so you can protect them from cold breezes. Water them sufficiently at least once a week. An inch of water will do. They enjoy the heat but they need the moisture to thrive. Don’t add mulch until the soil has absorbed enough warmth.
Wait for the okra pods to become 2 ½ -3 inches long before you pick them. Pick them while still soft; otherwise, they will already be inedible. Generally, the pods are ready 5 to 7 days after the flowers have opened. Remember to use gloves when you are harvesting because okra skin is spiny.