Okra - Vegetable gardening at home

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How to plant Okra at home

  • Okra seeds should be soaked in water for at least 12-18 hours allowing them to absorb the moisture before being sowed.

  • Okra can grow in different types of soil but it must be fertilized well.

  • Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep in light soil and 1 inch deep in heavy soil;

  • Spacing is 3 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart.

  • After around 12 days, the seed will begin to germinate.

  • When the seeds you planted have sprouted and grown to 3 inches high, thin out the smaller seedlings and leave the strongest ones standing

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How to Care Okra plants

  • Eliminate weeds when the plants are young.

  • Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to inhibit weed growth and aid in moisture retention

  • Frequent watering is necessary during the germination and flowering stages

  • Okra is known to attract beetles and worms that can damage the plant.

  • Therefore, measures like organic pesticide application should be undertaken to prevent diseases

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How to Fertilize Okra plants

  • Okra grows well in very rich soil that's packed with nutrients.

  • You can enrich your soil using compost, bagged organic fertilizer, or 10-10-10 fertilizer.

  • You should side dress the okra with compost three times: once after thinning the seedlings, once after the first pods begin to grow, and a third time halfway through the growing season.

  • You could also apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.

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How and when to harvest Okra

  • First harvest will be ready about 2 months after planting.

  • Harvest the okra when it’s about 2 to 3 inches long. Harvest it every other day.

  • Harvest daily with a sharp knife when they are no more than finger-sized and stems are still tender and easy to cut.

  • Pick frequently and the plants will keep producing until killed by frost.

  • Be sure to remove and compost any mature pods you might have missed earlier.

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