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Organic Okra Seeds::Organic Clemson Spineless 80 Okra

Organic Clemson Spineless 80 Okra  Organic Clemson Spineless 80 Okra - This improved variety is more productive and earlier than its 1939 All American Selection winning predecessor, Clemson Spineless. It is best known for its lack of spines, which can be irritating to the skin, and for its beautiful emerald pods. Pods are best harvested at 3-4 and can become tough at larger sizes. Plants can reach 3-4 in height and have an open habit, making harvesting very easy. (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Days to maturity: 55 days
SKU Description Our price
2668A 1/16 OZ $2.75
2668B 1 OZ $3.90
2668C 1/4 LB $13.10
2668L001 1 LB $23.10
2668L005 5 LB $94.50 ($18.90 per LB)

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Organic Okra - Growing and Seed Saving Info

Downloadable Version of Okra Growing Info

Okra is a heat-loving vegetable in the Malvaceae, or mallow family, which also includes cotton, cacao and hibiscus. It is very popular in the Southeast US, where it is often fried or cooked in stews for its thickening effect.

Soil Requirements

Okra prefers warm, well-drained soil with good fertility. Generally okra will do well anywhere corn does.

Position

Full sun.

Seeding Depth

in pots or light soil, 1 deep in heavy soil.

Seed Specs

About 7,500 seeds/lb

Seeding Rate

Direct seeding: 78'/oz., 13 oz./1,000', 12 lb./acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 36" apart. Transplants average 155 pots or cells per oz, 2,500/lb at 3 seeds per cell.

Plant Spacing

18-24

Row Spacing

3

When to Sow

Okra prefers warm conditions. In short-season areas, start plants 6 weeks before transplanting (3-4 weeks after the last frost date). Plant two seeds per pot and clip the weaker seedling. Keep temperatures in the 80-90F range for quick germination. Transplant carefully to avoid disturbing roots, and cover with row cover when frost is possible.  In long-season climates okra can be direct-seeded starting in early spring when air temperatures are at least 60F. Soak or nick seeds to encourage germination and sow seeds 3 apart in rows 3 apart, thinning seedlings to 18-24.

Other Considerations

Mulch plants when 6 tall to keep down weeds and retain moisture.

Frost Tolerant

Okra requires warm weather to thrive. Protect with row cover if frost threatens.

Drought Tolerant

Okra is generally drought-tolerant but will be much more productive if evenly watered. Irrigation is recommended during dry periods.

Heat Tolerant

Very heat-tolerant plant thrives in hot weather, especially with adequate moisture.

Harvest

Harvest begins around 50-60 days after planting. Pods should be harvested daily when they are about the size of a finger and easy to cut from the stalk. Plants will continue to produce heavily as long as they are regularly picked. Prickly pods can cause skin irritation; wear gloves or plant a spineless variety. Do not allow pods to over-ripen on the stalk, they will become tough and the plant will stop producing.

Storage

Pods have a short storage life. They will keep for 7-10 days in a perforated plastic bag or tote at 45-50F.

Pest and Disease Resistance

Generally problem-free. Hand pick stinkbugs that appear. Fusarium wilt is occasionally a problem in hot climates; crop rotation is best remedy. Remove and destroy affected plants.

Seed Saving

Okra seed is easy to save, however it is insect-pollinated and thus needs to 1 mile of distance from other okras. Allow last pods to fully dry on the plant, until you can hear the seeds rattling inside, then open the pods to release the seeds. Seed is viable for 4 years.





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