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Okra Plants Not Growing

Anonymous added on May 26, 2014 | Answered

My okra plants are not growing. The leaves have holes in them like maybe something has been eating them. I have put insect spray on them to keep the insects away. We have been getting a lot of rain here lately. I noticed blooms on them then the blooms just fall off. I live in east Tennessee and we have had lower temperatures then normal here lately also.

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Nikki
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Answered on November 30, -0001

The lower than average temps may be keeping their growth to a minimum right now. They generally need warm temperatures to grow well. I would not worry too much as long as they appear healthy otherwise. The return of warmer, more average, temps should fix the issue. As for the holes in the leaves, this could be due to slugs, which come out at night. Neem oil on the plants will help keep other insect pests away and doubles as a fungicide, which will help deter any of these issues on account of all the rain. Here is more information on neem oil as well as how to guard against slugs: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm

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