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Okra Seeds for Sale from Gurney's
At Gurney's, we grow a lot of okra varieties in our test gardens and note qualities such as garden performance, flavor and texture of pods, yields and more. Our okra seeds for sale represent the best of the best. Whether you're looking for spineless varieties, container varieties, tender pods, red pods or more, you'll find the perfect okra varieties for your garden.
Choosing the Right Okra Seeds
When choosing to buy okra seeds, first consider your garden space. Okra plants can take up a lot of space--and require full sun. Some plants grow up to 10 ft. tall. If space is limited, French Quarter Pink Hybrid Okra is suitable for container gardening. Some gardeners prefer spineless varieties for easy picking. Flavor, texture and color are other considerations when selecting the right okra seeds.
Getting the Most out of Your Purchase
Okra is a tender annual, meaning that it performs best in warm weather. Frost can damage the plant. Once you meet its sun, water and soil needs, it's a fairly easy vegetable to grow. Here are some tips to get you started.
Getting Started with Okra?
Okra seeds can be sown directly into the garden or started indoors and transplanted into the garden later. After transplant, okra plants take about 50-60 days to bear pods.
When to Plant Okra Seeds?If starting okra seeds indoors, sow the seeds about six weeks before the last average spring frost date for your area. If directly sowing okra seeds into the garden, the soil temperature should be 65 degrees F. Usually this is about two weeks after the last spring frost.
How Deep to Plant Okra Seeds?Sow okra seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Space the plants 15-18 inches apart with rows 36-48 inches apart.
How Many Okra Seeds Per Hole?Okra seeds have a hard shell, making germination uneven and slow. Plant 2-3 seeds per hole. After germination, keep the most vigorous seedling and snip off the other.
How to Grow Okra from Seeds?Before sowing okra seed, soak the seeds in lukewarm water overnight. This improves germination. If starting seeds indoors, use a quality potting soil. Water the seeds thoroughly after sowing. Because okra has a taproot, care should be taken when transplanting. For more information on growing okra, visit our blog.
When to Harvest Okra Plants?
You can begin harvesting okra pods about 50-60 days after transplanting to the garden. Depending on the variety, most pods are most flavorful and tender when they are 2-4 inches long. Removing over-mature pods keeps the okra plants blooming and producing pods.