Picking Okra - Knowledgebase Question

St. Louis, MO
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Question by lanap67
August 29, 2000
I have two varieties of okra in my garden and they are growing and producing great. However, I am a novice gardener and I am not sure I am picking it right. I have been cutting the pods off with scissors in the middle of their little stalk. Is this ok? I wondered because I now have all of these funny little brown "stumps" going up my okra plant and one of them is six feet tall! How tall will it get? I planted clemson spineless and another called Louisiana... (something I can't remember) One has octagonal pods and one has round ones.

Answer from NGA
August 29, 2000
That's fine. Scissors or small hand pruners are perfect. It could reach eight feet, maybe taller in a long growing season. It will grow until frost, especially if you keep on picking.

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