When to Plant in Spring:
- Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
- To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.
Planting: Sow seeds ½ inch deep about 2 inches apart. Thin to 12-18 inches apart.
Ground Plot Planting: Plant seeds 12” apart in rows that are spaced 36” apart. Packet will cover an 80’ row.
Raised Bed Planting: Plant seeds 12-18” apart. Packet will cover 80 to 175 sq. ft.
Care: Oversized pods become woody and hard, so make sure you harvest regularly.
Harvesting: Clip pods once they reach 3-4 inches long to keep plants productive, usually at about 7 weeks. Be sure to wear long sleeves when working with okra as some people’s skin may be sensitive to the rough leaves that can cause okra rash.
Special Instructions/Tips: Okra is susceptible to fungal diseases in overly wet conditions, but this can be easily controlled with proper rotation and good garden sanitation practices.
Germination Days: 7-15
Days to Maturity: 50
Preference: plenty of water, full sun, well-draining soil (tolerant to poor soils and heat)