Will okra seeds that I bought last year germinate if I plant them this year?
If they've been properly stored, I don't see why not. You can test the viability of seeds in one of two ways: Slightly dampen a paper towel and place the sample seeds on it. Fold the barely damp paper towel it in half over the seeds. Enclose in plastic wrap or place inside a sealed plastic bag so it will stay damp. Label the package with seed name and date. Set the package in a relatively warm place (70 to 75 degrees) such as the top of your refrigerator or on a high shelf. Do not put it in direct sun. OR you can simply float them in water. If they sink, they're still good and if they float, toss them. This article should help as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/planting-old-seeds.htm
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.
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
I have a vegetable garden with tomatoes, okra, squash, and green beans that is infected with ants.
Ants are everywhere, and at best can only be discouraged for awhile. Here's some advice: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/get-rid-of-ants.htm
I have problems with June Bugs and used Arbico neem seek. It has slowed down the larva.
Thank you. Believe we will solarize and then plant winter wheat. Sincerely, TucsonSmiles
Root nodules on okra generally indicate the presence of root knot nematodes. Beneficial nematodes don't cause nodules on the roots. You can have your plants analyzed for the pests, and treat accordingly. This article will give you more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/root-knot-nematode.htm
White cotton like spots all over the leaves of my acre. The acre was re-sited in the winter this year.
Can you let me know what type of plants or trees you are referring too?
Is it the lawn itself you are having issues with?
Mealybugs or Wooly Aphids leave white cottony traces.
Neem Oil can be used to treat both.
I was wondering why my okra plants are wilting even though I watered them the day before. It seems to happen when the sun hits the plants because the plants in the shade do not wilt. Any ideas why this happens and what I can do about it?
This is simply due to heat stress and other than keeping the soil moist or adding a translucent shade cloth for extra afternoon shade, there's little that can be done. Normally, this will not hurt the plant as long as you are keeping it well watered.
My okra flowers okay. But when the flower falls off, I see the pod but it does not grow.
The flower actually turns into the Okra pod.
They do like their soil warm.
They can tolerate drought conditions and should only be watered once a week.
Damp weather can cause fungus on the plants.
They do not like to compete with weeds.
Okra can be side dressed with fertilizer once or twice during the growing season.
The first application should be timed with the blooming to give the pods a boost, if you have a long growing season you can fertilize again 6 weeks later. Do not over fertilize as this will cause excess leaf growth and few pods.
This leads me to wonder if you have over fertilized or if the Nitrogen in you soil is out of balance.
Phosphorous may be lacking. Bone Meal is a good way to correct that.
Also pollination can be an issue. This could cause the pods to stop forming.
I'm listing a few links for you.
The link about hand pollinating peppers will apply as the technique can be used on your Okra plants.