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Louisiana Green Velvet Okra Seeds

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Louisiana Green Velvet Okra Seeds

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Abelmoschus esculentus
Item #V-3059 | 100 Seeds
 aaslogo.jpgAll-America Selections Winner. Plant produces good yields of 8" long spineless dark green okra. The okra remain tender when large. This variety does well where temperatures and humidity are high. Although a bit picky—it prefers hot and humid conditions and needs at least 2 months of strong summer heat in order to mature—your work will be well worth it. Okra leaves are lobed, hairy, and heart-shaped. Its papery flowers are a gorgeous light yellow with a dark center, resembling hibiscus flowers, and can be added to salads as a handsome and tasty garnish. The edible seed pods are lovely fried or pickled and can be found in recipes popular in the southern US as well as in Indian and Pakistani dishes. Louisiana Green Velvet okra is a spineless cultivar grown for its large, green seed pods which can be harvested at up to 8″ in length while staying tender. Plants can grow up to 8 feet in height, though they usually stay at around 4 or 5 feet tall. Zones= 5a ,5b, 6a, 6b, 7a ,7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b.
100 seeds per pkg.

Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Okra from Seeds

Okra is quick growing in hot weather. It loves the heat more than perhaps most other vegetables. Provide full sun and rich, well drained soil. Keep them watered, but make sure to provide good drainage, as they do not like to keep their feet wet for extended periods. Apply both fertilizer and mulch.

Squash, cucumbers, melons, eggplant, okra, tomatoes and other vegetable plants that are in your garden depend on bees to set fruit, so plant yourself some insurance with flowers that will attract them. Bee balm is one of their favorites.

As soon as the weather is dependably warm and sunny, you should see the bees visiting your plants. Bee balm is perennial in Zones 4 through 9, so put it in a corner of the garden were it can grow undisturbed. It will multiply, too. If you “deadhead,” or cut off the old blooms when they fade, bee balm will bloom longer.

SOWING THE SEED

In cool climates or for an early crop in warm regions, warm the soil with black plastic for about 4-5 weeks before transplanting the Okra. At the same time sow seeds indoors in individual pots.  After all danger of frost has passed, set plants 1 foot apart and being careful not to disturb the roots. In warm climates you can direct sow the Okra seeds. Water Okra plants during dry weather and fertilize once a month with a natural fertilizer such as fish emulsion or seaweed.

  • Seed Depth: ¾ inch
  • Germination Soil Temperature: 80-95ºF (27-35º)C.
  • Days to Germinate: 5-14.
  • Sow indoors: 4-5 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow outdoors: After last frost and only for warm climates.

GROWING

  • pH range: 6.0-8.0
  • Growing Soil Temperature: 70-90ºF (21-32º)C.
  • Spacing in beds: 12 inches.
  • Watering: Low.
  • Light: Full sun.

USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date

  • Zone 1  -July 15th -June 15th
  • Zone 2  -August 15th- May 15th
  • Zone 3  -September 15th May 15th
  • Zone 4  -September 15th May 15th
  • Zone 5  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 6  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 7  -October 15th April 15th
  • Zone 8  -November 15th March 15th
  • Zone 9  -December 15th February 15th
  • Zone 10 -December 15th January 31st (sometimes earlier)
  • Zone 11 -No frost. No frost.

NUTRIENT REQUIREMENTS

N= Moderate, P= Moderate, K= Moderate

Rotation Considerations:

Can be rotated with any other crop.

  • Good Companions: Basil, eggplant and pepper.
  • Bad companions: None.

GARDEN HINTS:

Aphids and other insects enjoy sucking on the juices of the plants. Insect control is important for a bountiful harvest.

Choose your sunniest spot for okra, and wait until the weather is warm to set out your plants. Plants like it when nights are at least in the 60s and days 85 or warmer. In the North, gardeners might wait until late June to plant, since pods appear within 2 months.

The early growth of okra is often slow, but the plants grow much faster once summer starts sizzling. In addition to gaining height, okra's leaves get bigger as the plants grow and begin producing yellow blossoms followed by tender pods. Plants are erect with a main trunk, making them look a little tree-like in the garden. Cool weather is okra's number-one enemy, and stressed plants may fall victim to verticillium and fusarium wilts, which are soil-borne diseases that cause them to wilt and die. Another serious pest is root knot nematode. Ants often climb up plants to steal sips of nectar but seldom cause serious damage. Other pests that you may run into include Japanese beetles, stink bugs, aphids, corn earworms, and flea beetles.

Warm weather helps pods grow quickly, so check plants every day once they start producing. A pod can grow from nothing to full size in 2 or 3 days. Pods first appear at the base of the plant up so that by the end of the season you could be on your tiptoes to harvest.

Pods are ideal when 2 to 4 inches long; they get very tough and stringy if allowed to stay on the plant. Always remove any that are too big to eat because they keep the plant from producing.

Use pruning shears to cut the pods with a short stub of stem attached. Some people suffer uncomfortable itching from contact with okra's stiff leaf hairs, so you may want to wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt when gathering your okra. If a few pods slip by you and grow into giants, cut them off to keep them from exhausting the plant.

In warm climates where summer lasts a long time, standard-sized plants can get 6 to 8 feet tall. In this case, many people prune vigorous varieties .Okra is a "cut-and-come-again" vegetable. Keep cutting the pods every day or two, and they will keep on coming.

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