OKRA, PART IV, 2013 Season

BUda, TX(Zone 8b)

Let's continue from the previous okra posts:

PART 1: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1115764/
PART 2: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1182566/
PART 3: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1249658/

It looks like this might be a decent season this year with the predicted warm weather again early this summer here in the South.

Ozark, MO(Zone 6a)

birder17, replying to your post in the previous thread in which you said Stewart's Zeebest okra seemed to be a good producer but you couldn't stand the spines. I've grown S.Z. for two years running now, and I think that strain just isn't quite stable yet. At least the seeds I got from Baker Creek produced okra plants with different characteristics. I grew 33 S.Z. okra plants last season, and some of them were horribly spiny on both the pods and the leaves. Other plants seemed almost spineless.

I had one plant in particular that produced many branches and the pods were nearly spine-free and not itchy. That plant was tremendously productive, too. I saved seeds from that one plant only and that's the okra I'll plant this year. I'm hoping those good characteristics will carry through and stabilize.

BUda, TX(Zone 8b)

Ozark, someone had put up at link to seed germination viability & was intrigued by okra only having a 1-2 year useful life. That said, I guess the seeds we saved from our first year garden, 2010, okra plants shouldn't be doing as well as they are, I just got 100% germination in about 3 days after soaking overnight. NONE of the seeds I purchased from Baker Creek have germinated, and these are also the seeds I sent to Gymgirl. BC sent replacement seed & even those have done very poorly. Even Cowhorn seed I purchased from Willhite was disappointing, at only about 30% success. They were all started together in the same 72 cell tray right next to each other. I was going to do another test germination once I get my heat mat, with all the seeds and get rid of those bad ones.

I remember your posts from last year about how well your Zeebest did. Did you plant any other types of okra??

Ozark, MO(Zone 6a)

"I remember your posts from last year about how well your Zeebest did. Did you plant any other types of okra??"

Nope. I've grown 10 or 12 different varieties of okra in past years, and Zeebest is so far "zee-best" in my opinion, I'll just concentrate on that one. In 2012 I had 33 Zeebest plants and no other okra, and production was so heavy it almost burned us out on okra. I'm going to plant seeds I saved from that one real good plant, and cut 'way back this year. We've still got lots of okra in the freezer and lots of jars of okra pickles also.

I think I'll only have about 4 plants this year. Zeebest plants are so multi-branched, that should be plenty.

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SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

I just read somewhere (maybe the Vegetable Gardeners forum) where someone suggested the Zeebest seeds were not stable yet. I'm still trying to get a decent harvest of okra from ANY type of okra seeds! Not sure what I'm doing wrong down here, but I sure would love a freezer full of okra.

Any growing pointers would be much appreciated.


Ozark, MO(Zone 6a)

Gymgirl, I sent you a D-mail with some tips, but mainly I think the trick to growing good okra is to keep the soil moist and practice even watering. With some veggies like tomatoes I like to let them get dry and wilt a bit, then deep-water. Not so with okra - if the soil gets dry it really hurts okra, in my experience. I run a soaker hose down the okra row and cover the hose with grass-clippings mulch, then make sure the soil stays damp all the time.

New Orleans, LA(Zone 9a)

I have never been an okra lover, it ranks right up there with eggplant for me. But since I've decided to try more veggies and also grow things that will take the intense summer heat, I thought I'd give both okra & eggplant a try this summer. I think I'll just buy some transplants & give them a try. I think I'll post on the recipe forum about good recipes for both of these veggies.

Circle, MT(Zone 3b)

I really want to just grow enough okra to pickle them for "smokra" - I have the S.Z. seeds, but I've never grown it. I love smoked & pickled okra in a Bloody Mary, the seeds pop a bit like bubble tea. :)

Jo-Ann, if you're ever around Mid City, I can start you some eggplants - I have the Louisiana Long Green going now, some Thai Yellow, and a few others.

New Orleans, LA(Zone 9a)

Nola, I'd love just 1 eggplant transplant. Since I've never grown any or eaten any, i don't know what kind would be good. Whatever you think is best.

I live in Gentilly, & I think you said you live neat Bayou St John, which isn't too far. Drop me a D Mail & we'll make plans.

Circle, MT(Zone 3b)

Perfect! You've got mail!

Now if someone knows a good okra for pickling in a small garden...I'm all ears (pods?)

Hi all! Well, I'm trying the haircut for my Clemson spineless today. I seem to be only getting around seven pounds a day from them and I have 1100! Yes, 1100. I have no idea what the problem is. They are gorgeous plants. How much water do they need? I'm in Oklahoma City with temps at 99-100. Any help?

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

It sounds like your soil might be too rich in Nitrogen. This produces beautiful foliage but not as many flowers (fruit) in many types of plants.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I replied on your other post as well. This is my reply.

Some varieties are not as productive. I've only grown Clemson Spineless once. I prefer Hill Country Red. They don't require a huge amount of water, but with that heat (we have it in Texas, too) you should be trying to water deeply at least every other day. It could also be your soil. Is everything else you've planted doing well? Is it getting full sun or partial sun? You might also try a new post since this one is years old.

Houston, TX

Okra is the best! I live in the middle of Houston, and my six or seven plants are still producing. Everyday, after I get home from work, I pick a few, brush them off, and eat them while still outside (love raw freshly picked vegetables!). It's like eating sunshine. My handful of plants are between 10' and 12' high. I suppose I should pull them up and plant something else, but I can't bring myself to do it since they are still producing.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

I'm in Houston, too, near Hobby. I grew 8 Betty's White Okra plants this year, but, was kinda disappointed with production. The most I got was a handful every day, and these never made it to the house, LOL! The stalks got 6-8' tall each.

What variety did/are you growing?

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