USDA Zones: 5 - 11
Height: 48 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring to mid summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: pH 6.0 - 8.0
Deer Resistant: No
Latin Name: Abelmoschus Esculentus
Okra - Clemson Spineless (Abelmoschus Esculentus) - Grow Okra seeds for this edible and ornamental herb plant. The lovely flowers are hibiscus-like and creamy white in color. This variety of Okra has deep green, ribbed, spineless pods. Pick the pods young while they are still tender. A test for tenderness is to snap off the end of a pod. If it snaps, it has not become tough and fibrous yet and should still be good for eating. Okra pods are excellent for use in soups, stews, and is excellent fried. Okra plants can reach 48 inches or more in height, or the herb plants can be topped and grown shorter. If given room to branch out, Okra herb plants can spread 36 inches in width. The Okra herb is extremely drought and heat resistant and a popular herb or vegetable in many countries with difficult growing conditions. Okra is a heat lover and grows best when temperatures reach 80 to 90 degrees
How To Grow Okra From Herb Seeds: Okra seeds are large and easy to plant. Some herb gardeners like to pre-soak their Okra seeds the night before planting. Okra herb seeds can be directly sown in the herb garden or started indoors and transplanted. Starting seedlings in peat pots will lessen transplant shock. Start herb seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before transplant date.
Okra plants are not pleasant to touch. Whether the spines are pronounced or hair-like, they are scratchy and irritating. Gloves and long sleeves help. It is also easier to harvest with a pruner, rather than pulling and getting the spines in your fingers.