50 Seed Packets
Clemson Spineless Okra Seed, Certified Seed, USA Grown
Clemson Spineless - open pollinated, spineless #80, dark green
pods, 4- to 5-foot-tall plants. Okra is
a member of the Malvaceae or mallow family. Other plants in this family include
cotton, hollyhock, and hibiscus.
Okra performs best in well-drained, fertile soils in full
sun. Avoid wet, poorly drained sites. Soil pH is generally not a problem as
okra grows well in soils that are slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (pH 6.5
to 7.5). Before planting, apply 1 to 2
pounds of an all-purpose garden fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, per 100 square
feet. When harvesting begins, sprinkle a small amount of nitrogen around each
plant. However, avoid heavy nitrogen applications, which may promote vegetative
growth and reduce crop yields.
Okra can be established by sowing seeds directly into the
garden or by setting out transplants. To enhance germination, soak okra seeds
in water for several hours or overnight before sowing. Sow okra seeds outdoors about 2 weeks after
the danger of frost is past. Sow seeds 1 inch deep. Space seeds 4 to 6 inches
apart within the row. Rows should be spaced 3 feet apart. When seedlings are
several inches tall, thin the row so the remaining plants are spaced 1 1/2 to 2
feet apart. Okra seedlings do not
transplant well. When starting plants indoors, sow okra seeds
in peat pots. Plant 2 seeds in each pot.
After germination, thin to one plant per pot. Sow okra seeds indoors 6 to 8
weeks before the intended outdoor planting date.
Okra can tolerate dry conditions. However, watering may be
necessary during extended dry periods. Moisture is especially important during
flowering and pod development. During prolonged dry periods, a deep soaking
once every 7 to 10 days should be adequate.
Harvest pods when 2 to 4 inches long. (This is usually 5 to
6 days after flowering.) Use a sharp knife or hand shears. Handle the pods
carefully as they bruise easily. Since the pods develop rapidly, it's often
necessary to harvest pods every other day in July and August.
Pods that are more than 5 inches in length become tough and
stringy. While the larger pods are still edible, their quality is usually
considered unacceptable. Pods that have become too large to use should be
promptly picked and discarded. Pods that are allowed to mature on the plant
will reduce additional flowering and fruiting.
Some individuals are sensitive to the okra's leaves and
stems and may develop a rash or itch. Sensitive individuals should wear gloves
and a long-sleeved shirt when harvesting the pods.
Okra deteriorates quickly after harvest. Pods can be stored
for 7 to 10 days at a temperature of 45 to 50 F and relative humidity of 90 to
95%. Pod discoloration and decay may occur at temperatures below 45 F. Surplus
may be frozen, canned, or pickled.