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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Betty's White'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: esculentus (es-kew-LEN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Betty's White

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ozark On Sep 20, 2011, Ozark from Ozark, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this variety for the first time this year. The seeds were sent to me by R.H. "Horseshoe" Griffin of Efland, NC (DG username "Horseshoe", who got the seeds about 15 years ago from his neighbor Betty Harrison. He named the variety after her. This is an old heirloom variety okra, as the seeds were given to Betty Harrison's parents as a wedding present in 1923 by family members who had grown this okra since the 1880's. It's not available commercially at this time, so far as I know.

This is an excellent okra, growing on short, multi-branched 3' tall plants. The pods are light colored, thick, and ribbed - and they stay tender even when fairly large. The plants are productive, this was the earliest okra to bear in my garden, and the flavor is very good.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Ozark, Missouri

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