Okra is a vegetable that originated in Africa with edible seed pods.  It is also known as lady’s fingers.

Growing Advice

Okra grows best in hot climates in the full sun.

Companion Planting

Pests & Diseases

Most common Okra pests are caterpillars, Japanese beetles and stinkbugs.  Powdery mildew and yellow vein mosaic virus can also attack.

Seed Saving

Okra will crosspolinate with other varieties, if you are planning to save pure seeds you will need to isolate. Seeds are contained in pods, do not harvest as much okra from the plant you plan to collect seeds from that season.

Heirloom Varieties

  • Alabama Red
  • Aunt Hettie’s Red
  • Beck’s Big Buck
  • Burgundy
  • Burmese
  • Cajun Jewel
  • Choppee
  • Clemson Spineless
  • Cow Horn
  • Eagle Pass
  • Emerald
  • Evertender
  • Fife Creek Cowhorn
  • Green Velvet
  • Hill Country Heirloom Red
  • Jade
  • Jimmy T’s
  • Jing Orange
  • Perkins Long Pod
  • Red Okra
  • Texas Hill Country Red
  • Silver Queen
  • Star of David
  • Stewart’s Zeebest
  • White Velvet

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