If you are searching how to grow okra and do not have space for the planting dimensions, you can cultivate several plants as a background among annual flowering plants. This warm-season vegetable performs best in warmer climates. This vegetable gardening technique will supply enough okra to add to delicious soups and stews.
Favourite varieties: Clemson Spineless grows four to five feet tall and is a heavy yielder while Perkins Spineless is a dwarf variety that grows to two and half to three feet high.
In your garden: The plants require full sun exposure. Plant in well-drained, organic enriched, fertile soil. Planting six plants will give you plenty of okra over a long season for cooking in homemade stews, and soups. Use a fertiliser at a rate of about one pound per 50 square feet. Plant after the soil and weather have warmed in the springtime. Give okra space to grow from 36 to 48 inches between rows or 15 to 24 inches apart if you have thin seedlings.
Growing tips: In short-season areas, start seeds in small pots about five weeks before you would plant beans or corn in your area. Set the seedlings outdoors in the vegetable garden when the soil is thoroughly warm.
Seed to seedlings: If you have difficult time getting okra to sprout — first freeze the seeds in ice cubes and then plant the cubes. The ice cube method has raised the minimum germination standards from 50 per cent to as high as 80 per cent for gardeners trying this method.
Drop a seed into each compartment of the tray. Fill the tray half-full with hot water. Freeze for a couple of days. Then plant the ice cubes.