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Okra Seeds, Clemson Spineless

Abelmoschus esculentus
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Outstanding quality earned this Clemson Spineless Okra the All-American Award. Straight, 15-17.5 cm (6-7") green pods are slightly ridged and spineless. 

  • SKU: 142238
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 14 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
56 days
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Vegetable
  • Botanical Name: Abelmoschus esculentus
  • Fill Weight (grams): 3.5
  • Approximate Seed Count: 45-55
  • Characteristics: All America Selections (AAS) award winner
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Meaty with full bodied flavor
  • Preparation Ideas: Commonly boiled, fried, pickled and used in cajun dishes.
  • Awards: AAS (All-America Selections) winner
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Okra seeds should be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Optimum soil temperature (not air temperature) should be 21-23°C (70-75°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Okra seeds have a hard shell, to speed up germination, soak seeds in room temperature water overnight. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 2.5 cm (1") of soil. After planting, water seeds with a gentle mist or shower. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below. Do not allow the soil to become dry, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions.

    For an earlier crop, okra seeds can be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant and row spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist, but not soggy while they establish themselves in their new environment.

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  • Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1")
  • Seed Spacing: 10 cm (4")
  • Plant Spacing: 30-45 cm (12-18")
  • Row Spacing: 90 cm (36")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Okra requires full sun and hot weather with evening temperatures that are in the mid teens°C(60's°F) or warmer.

  • Avoid applying too much nitrogen as this will result in reduced flowering and instead encourages leafy growth.

  • High heat can slow the growth of okra.

  • Prune the tops of okra plants when they reach 1.5-2 m (5- 6') tall. This will result in more side branches.

  • When harvesting okra, it is recommended to wear gloves and wear a long-sleeved shirt for protection from the tiny spines that can irritate your hands and arms.

  • Okra is the softest and has the best flavor when pods are only 5-10 cm (2-4") long.

  • Cut the stem just above the cap with a knife. If the stem is too hard to cut, the pod is probably too old and should be discarded. Only one pod grows beneath each leaf, so break off the leaf after harvesting the pod.

  • The more you harvest, the more flowers will appear, and okra goes from flowering to fruit in a few days.

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