Top Questions About Okra Plants

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Questions About Okra Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 29, 2011

Q. How Many Okras?

How many okras can I get with one okra plant?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 31, 2011
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They tend to only grow 1 or 2 pods at a time. When you harvest a pod, they start to grow a new one and will do this until the season is over. It is best to grow several plants at a time so that you have enough to harvest at once for a meal.

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Asked by
MaryLou on
February 18, 2011

Q. What Plant Families Should I Be Concerned About When Planning Crop Rotation?

I am going to plant okra. I would like to be careful about what other plant families I should be concerned about as I plan succession planting.

Answered by
Heather on
February 19, 2011
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Okra specifically falls into the "other" category. It is related to cotton and can be very nutrient hungry, so it might be a good idea to follow it up with a nitrogen fixing plant (peas and beans) and leave the roots of those plants in the soil after they have faded. This returns the most amount of nitrogen to the soil.

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Answered by
Heather on
February 19, 2011
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The normal groupings are nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes), curbits (squash and melons), nitrogen fixing (peas and beans), cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, etc), grasses (corn and corn like plants) and then all else can be grouped together (carrots, beets, radish, etc).

You do not want to plant vegetables from the same groupings in the same spots for more than 2-3 years tops, with rotating yearly being ideal. You definitely need to rotate if a plant from a grouping has been diseased. This helps balance what nutrients the plants use up from an area and also allows time for diseases that affect only certain groupings to die out.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 15, 2011

Q. Okra Going Yellow

Why is my two-inch high okra going yellow and dying? It has been growing and is still in a heated propagator.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 16, 2011
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The seedlings need nitrogen. Use a weak water based fertilizer on them.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 12, 2011

Q. Okra

When is the best time to plant okra?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 13, 2011
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Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/okra/planting-okra.htm

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Answered by
nancy glasscock on
April 25, 2011
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When the weather has gotten to where it stays warm all day and ground temp is above 60 degrees. Okra loves hot weather.
We plant ours around mid May-early June. We are in zone 7B.

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Asked by
TerryC on
April 13, 2011

Q. Why Are My Okra Plants Wilting?

I planted the okra two weeks ago, from a 6-pack. The plants were doing well. I put Miracle Gro tomato plant food on all the plants in my garden and only the orka looks wilted. The ground around the plants looks wet. Is there anything I can do?

Answered by
Heather on
April 17, 2011
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It could be transplant shock or it could be that the excess water in the soil is smothering the roots. If it is transplant shock, this article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

If it is too wet soil, you will have to wait it out and hope the plants survive.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 14, 2011

Q. Fertilizer for Okra

What fertilizer mixture do I need for growing okra in east Texas sandy soil?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 14, 2011
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Compost would make a great fertilizer for growing okra or you could use a balanced commercial organic fertilizer.

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Asked by
pmax on
May 11, 2011

Q. Okra

I have planted my first garden this year and so far everything seems to be doing good. I have recently noticed that my Okra and Zucchini plants are turning a yellowish and brown color. The Zucchini leaves feel dry. My question is, could it be that I am watering too much? I have paid attention and used Sevin Dust to keep away the pests, and I check the garden every day. Any comments would be greatly apperciated.

Answered by
Heather on
May 15, 2011
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It may be that you are not watering enough. Unless they are in standing water, it is hard to give them too much water. The plants need at least 2-3 inches of water, including rainfall, a week. Water from below, instead of above, if you can to minimize evaporation.

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Answered by
pmax on
June 1, 2011
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Thanks for the info. That has really helped!

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