Okra is a warm-season crop that is easy to harvest and produces abundantly. There’s no reason not to add this vegetable to your garden/farm. However, this gorgeous plant doesn’t transplant well, and so many farmers/gardeners grow their crops from seed.
Urja Seeds offers popular seed varieties that include F-1 Hybrid US-120/240/480, F1 US-280, and Arka Anamika. This blog covers everything you need to know about growing Okra – plantation, cultivation, harvesting, and pest protection. Let’s dig in!
- Sow with Love.
- Before sowing, prepare the soil well.
- Add fertilizers and rake the soil to remove all sticks and rocks.
- Sow the seeds an inch deep in the soil and in rows, at least 3 feet from each other.
- Rake the soil again gently over the seeds to cover them.
- Water them and watch them grow into beautiful seedlings.
Tip: To speed up the germination process, soak the seeds overnight in warm water before planting.
- Nurture the baby Okras!
The first step in cultivating Okras is thinning. It will provide an increased room for growth so that the crop receives proper nutrients, moisture, and sunlight.
Next step is to add a layer of mulch around the plants. (Make sure it doesn’t touch the stems.) Frequent watering is necessary during the flowering stages. After that, Okra plants can tolerate dry conditions. However, please ensure that you water the plants every 7-10 days during an extended dry period.
- Reap the Goodness.
Pods will be ready for harvest in about two months from planting. Remove them using pruning shears when they are 2-3 inches long. Pick them often to encourage continued production.
Say Goodbye to the Bugs!
Okra pests include beetles, aphids, stink bugs, and corn earworms. Urja Seeds recommends using organic pesticides to avoid damage.
So, are you ready to grow some Okra in your farm/garden?