Okra (also known as gumbo), is a tall-growing,
warm-season, annual vegetable from the same family as
hollyhock, rose of Sharon and hibiscus. The immature pods are
used for soups, canning and stews or as a fried or boiled
vegetable. The hibiscus like flowers and upright plant (3 to 6
feet or more in height) have ornamental value for backyard
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How to grow
Benefits of Okra
56 days. AAS winner. This is
the standard by which all other okras are judged. The prolific
3 1/2-5’ tall plants bear straight, dark green pods that
can grow to 6 1/2-9” long, but should be harvested when
3” long for the best quality. The leaves are spineless
which makes harvesting much easier.
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1A346 Star of David
(aka Old Fashioned Okra) Israeli heirloom. Thick pods are best picked at about 3" long. Named because cross-sections of pods look like the Star of David. Tall 7' plants have purple coloration on leaves. 60-75 days.
TRN284 Jing Orange
Asian Heirloom. Jing Orange produces delicate creamy yellow blossoms that create stunning red/orange okra pods. Harvest this Asian variety when pods have reached 6-7” long for tender, supple perfection. 60 days.
TRN285 Silver Queen
Old heirloom okra. From the elegant lime-tinted ivory pods to the succulent flavor, this is an Okra so much better than our modern varieties that it's in a gourmet class by itself.
Each pod can reach up to 7 inches long, though it is best to pick them young, when they are somewhat smaller and very tender. The unique color adds a stylish look to the plate as well.
Silver Queen's flavor is legendary, but its plant vigor and productivity make it more like a modern hybrid than an heirloom. You'll get large yields of fruit on this robust, well-branched upright plant, which reaches 6 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide in the sunny garden. 55-65 days.
SF172 Jambalaya F1 Hybrid
Jambalaya okra embodies the spirited flavor of Creole cooking with its large, succulent, meaty pods on gorgeous, compact plants. The 5 ridged pods uniformly reach 4-5 inches long. Just right for soups and stews, pickles or canning.
Large, robust flowers are also edible. Makes a great ornamental in containers. Deep fry flowers or eat them stuffed, or use fresh as a striking, exotic-looking garnish. Sweet and mild flavor. 50 days.
AAS, Spineless ribbed creamy lime green pods, pick at 3" long, fine for northern production, dwarf plant 36" tall, 50 days.
IP051 Hill Country Red
Heirloom, red and green bicolor, 3" pods, great flavor, drought tolerant, best picked small, great pickled, 70 days.
G037 Improved Red Pod
Finally, a great tasting red pod okra that is fast growing and
bountiful. The foliage and fruit have a lush, tropical