Melokhiya, Molokhia, Molokhiya.Mouleukeyeh, Bush Okra, Jew's Mallow, Jute Mallow
Corchorus olitorius

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Corchorus (KOR-koh-rus) (Info)
Species: olitorius

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Vero Beach, Florida

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 9, 2015, Ted_B from Birmingham, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Although little known in the west, this is a fast-growing, easily cultivated potherb with considerable nutritional value. The leaves have a delicious, mild flavor. This plant has been a staple of North African cuisine since ancient times, the leaves being integral to molokheyyah, widely considered as the Egyptian national dish. In Ghanian cuisine, it is known as "Ayoyo".

This species is easily germinated from commercial peat-based mixes, and thrives with moisture, full sun, and warmth. Transplants easily and without issue, grows quickly, and eventually reaches 5-6 ft (2m) in a suitable environment. In temperate climates, it can be container grown and cultivated as an annual.

Positive

On Oct 23, 2010, gkhaled from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

It takes only 3 weeks from planting the seeds to harvest it! If you leave it longer, it will start blooming and later develop seeds.

It prefers a warm weather with good drainge soil. It needs to be watered just once a week if it did not rain.

It could grow to 5 feet tall!