okra - Knowledgebase Question

ladson, So
Question by francescalli
July 28, 2009
why is my okra hard before it reaches two inches or less. It is born hard.

Answer from NGA
July 28, 2009


It sounds as though your okra is maturing before it has a chance to grow. Okra should be harvested 5-6 days after the flower petals fall, regardless of the size. If the pods remain on the plant more than 7 days they will become rock hard. I can only suggest that you feed your plants and water on a regular basis to encourage growth so the pods elongate quickly and will be larger when it's time to harvest.

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