Learn how to grow Okra. This guide will help you learn what space requirements it needs, when to plant, harvesting tips, and more!

Soil

What soil is good for Okra?

 Warm, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.

Position

How much sun does Okra need?

Full sun

Frost Tolerant

Is Okra frost tolerant?

No

Spacing

How much space does Okra need?

Roughly 40cm apart 

Planting

When should I plant Okra?

Okra is a warm season crop that is best plant in mid spring, once temperatures have warmed to at least 20°C (68°F).

Soak seeds in water overnight to soften the hard outer shell.

If transplanting seedlings, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.  

Feeding

What do I feed Okra?

Apply an organic fertiliser throughout the season. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Okra?

Harvest pods when they are young and tender, roughly a finger size. If left on the plant too long, the pods will become coarse, woody and extra slimy inside.  

Pests

What pests does Okra get?

Aphids, Ants, Slugs, Snails, Army Worm, Corn Earworm, Cucumber Beetle, Loopers, Melon Thrips, Spider Mites 

Diseases

What diseases does Okra get?

Root Knot Nematodes, Charcoal Rot, Fusarium Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Blight, White Mold, Enation Leaf Curl, Mosaic Virus