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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'White Velvet'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: esculentus (es-kew-LEN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: White Velvet
Hybridized by Henderson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1890

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Drahkk On Nov 13, 2010, Drahkk from Valley Park, MS wrote:

Pods are absolutely spineless; the velvet name is well earned, as that is how they feel. No need for a ladder in the late season, as plants only grow to about 6 feet. No need to trim side branches; every branch will make pods. No need to cut leaves to force fruiting; you can't stop them from making pods. When I was tired of eating and putting up okra, I left the plants to dry up the last few pods for seed. To my surprise, when I went to collect, I found the top 2 feet of each stem covered with pods. Plenty of dry ones for seed, with fresh ones still forming at the top! Hands down the best experience I have ever had growing okra. It is sad that this variety is becoming so hard to find. I will be saving seed from it for years to come.

Edit, September 2011: I previously said that they only grow to 6 feet, but they proved me wrong this year. Not sure if I gave them more fertilizer than I thought or if they are just adapting to my garden, but this year's plants are over 9 feet high! I've also noticed increased production with successive generations. The first few years I grew these I needed 9 plants to get enough in a single picking to bring in and cook; now 4-5 seem to be plenty.

Positive BittysGarden On Apr 21, 2004, BittysGarden from (Zone 7a) wrote:

White velvet okra has pods that are pale green-white in color, long (6-7)inches, tapering, smooth, velvety and thornless. My great grandfather grew this variety.We still grow it today. It has excellent flavor. Great for frying,gumbo and for making pickled okra.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 30, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

White Velvet is an older variety which is no longer readily available. It is similar in growth and production to Emerald but has pale green pods.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Valley Park, Mississippi

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