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Okra Seeds - Clemson Spineless

Botanical - Abelmoschus esculentus

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40 Seeds
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V-OKA-01
 
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40 Seeds.

Other Names - Ladies Fingers…

Clemson Spineless is one of the most popular and trusted old varieties of okra. The plants as the name suggests have no spines making harvesting much easier. This variety is very prolific and produces an abundance of excellent quality dark green grooved pods which are best harvested when young.

  • A popular and trusted old variety.
  • A spineless variety making harvesting much easier.
  • Vigorous and very productive.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden

Sowing Months - March - April

Harvest - July - October


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • The strong smell emitted from French Marigolds deter the whitefly. Grow around the base of the okra plants. If the plants are grown indoors try growing French marigolds in hanging baskets as well as on ground level.
  • Aphids are attracted to nasturtiums. Grow these flowers close by as a sacrificial plant.
  • Calendula (Pot marigold) attracts predatory insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who love to feast on aphids.
  • One of the best plants for attract pollinating insects is the Phacelia. It also attracts aphid eating insects such as ladybirds and lacewings. At the end of the season it can be dug into the soil as a green manure.

Soil Preperation

Okra grows well in containers and grow bags or can be grown direct in the soil in a polytunnel or greenhouse. Add a generous amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before planting. Container grown okra will need good quality compost, add some vermiculite to the mix to help keep the compost moist.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 60 cm
Position Full sun, warm location Distance between rows 60 cm
Average height 90 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 100 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Tender Distance between rows N/A
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm - 1.5 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 25 to 30℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. Ensure enough heat is introduced for fast germination. Once the seedlings germinate move to an area with good daylight exposure, a windowsill or heated greenhouse is ideal. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to 1 strong seedling per module. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater. 2 - 3 weeks later re - pot into 5 - 7 cm pots.
When the young plants are 10 - 15 cm high (in late May or early June) plant out into their final growing position. Plant 2 okra plants into a large grow bag or 1 plant to a 20 - 30 cm pot or if growing direct in the soil plant at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil or compost around each plant and water well.

Direct Sowing

As okra seeds need a good amount of heat to germinate it is advisable to start the seeds indoors in modules or pots.


Growing On

The plants will thrive is warm, draft free conditions and if the summer is hot okra will grow well in a pot outdoors on a warm sheltered patio. Water often with tepid water especially on hot days. Do not allow the soil or compost to dry out. Okra will benefit from a liquid feed every 10 - 14 days after the flowers have formed. The leaves of the comfrey plant when steeped in water for a few days produce a nutrient rich organic fertilizer ideal for such plants.


Harvesting

To harvest, cut the pods with a sharp knife when young and immature when around 6 - 10 cm long. Large mature pods are tough and stringy. Regular pickings every other day will encourage the plants to grow more pods. When harvesting or handling the plants it is advisable to wear gloves as the short hairs on the plant can irritate the skin.
Pods are delicate and easily damaged when harvesting, handle with care. Okra will produce an abundance of pods up until the first autumn frosts arrive

TIP

The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer which is ideal for giving fruiting plants a boost.

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