The Main Plant entry for Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Cooked
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Common names
  • Okra

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Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-06-11
Location: My garden
Location: Arkansas
Date: 2019-07-31
Location: My garden
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-05-03
Location: Arkansas
Date: 2019-08-06

USDA photo
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-03-05
2012 seeds Brigette’s from India
Location: Heathcote Ontario
Date: 2009-07-30
Abelmoschus esculentus flower

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Location: Greenhouse behind galley Sand Island, Midway Atoll
Date: 2008-06-07
Photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
Location: Heathcote Ontario
Date: 2009-07-30
Abelmoschus esculentus seedpod
Location: Arkansas
Date: 2019-08-06
Location: Brigritte's garden (seeds from India)
Date: 2013-08-27

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USDA photo
Location: Dairy Rd Kahului, Maui
Date: 2007-02-07
Photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
Location: Dairy Rd Kahului, Maui
Date: 2007-02-07
Photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
Location: Community Garden Sand Island, Midway Atoll
Date: 2008-06-10
Photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
Location: Olinda, Maui
Date: 2009-09-05
Photo courtesy of: Forest & Kim Starr http://www.starrenvironment
Location: Arkansas
Date: 2019-08-06
Location: Pakistan
Photo courtesy of Mzubair 1483
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Comments:
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Feb 7, 2021 7:02 AM concerning plant:
    I've grown a couple different varieties of Okra. They were problem free, high yielding, and grew well in my zone 7 garden. Pods grow fast, so remember to harvest often. Okra freezes very well. Slice into rounds and freeze loosely, bag them; used later in soup they add a slight thickness to the broth. If your knife doesn't slice easily, the pod is woody and not useable. Some types stay tender longer, so the knife test works better than judging by size.
  • Posted by codielane (Arkansas - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2019 3:47 PM concerning plant:
    The beautiful, hibiscus-like blooms on an okra plant stay open for one day. Okra is an annual in more temperate climates, as the plant can not survive cold winters.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 10:08 PM concerning plant:
    "Okra, known in many English-speaking countries as lady's fingers, bhindi or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. The geographical origin of okra is disputed, with supporters of South Asian, Ethiopian and West African origins. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.

    Okra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants. Okra is also a good source of calcium and potassium.

    The most common disease afflicting the okra plant is verticillium wilt, often causing a yellowing and wilting of the leaves. Other diseases include powdery mildew in dry tropical regions, leaf spots, and root-knot nematodes."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

Plant Events from our members
piksihk On July 23, 2021 Fruit Ripened
From Seeds red okra;
piksihk On July 1, 2021 Harvested
received seeds last year - red okra-
piksihk On March 31, 2020 Seeds sown
'philippine' okra in wet paper towel;
piksihk On March 5, 2019 Seeds germinated
Brigette's plant 2012 extra long >12"
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