Due to a long cold wet spring and early summer (no global warming here!), I
started my okra in 4 inch deep pots, and I'm just now ready to put them out.
I understand okra does not transplant well. I can transplant them from the
pots with the entire dirt ball intact and undamaged, but am I correct in
assuming that I should not break apart the dirt balls that have two plants
in the same pot? How sensitive is okra to transplanting? Is it so sensitive
that I'm not likely to suceed even if I can put the dirtball in the soil
My mom always transplants her okra because she says it causes them to
branch and to do better. I'm not so sure, but she *does* transplant
If there are 2 seedlings in one pot, just pinch one of them off and
plant the other one with the roots as undisturbed as possible.
I love okra, I never had a problem in the past transplanting okra. I
stopped growing them in Michigan. I found that they do not grow well
below 80 degrees. Also I found that I needed at least a dozen plants
just to have one tiny meal each week. I may try again in the future
except in raised beds with row covers that keep the soil and plants
Enjoy Life ... Dan
In the past, I've had the same problem. Our warm season does not last very
long, and even in July our average temps are in the upper 70s or lower 80s.
It doesn't really get hot enough long enough for Okra to mature. I wish they
had a cold climate variety of Okra!
Have you grown more then one in the same pot, and then seperated them out
I planted a row of okra this year. In Minnesota. It's been just
sitting there a few inches tall, waiting for the weather to get hot. We
had a couple of hot humid days with warm muggy nights this week, and the
okra (and pumpkin and tomato) plants about doubled in size in two days.
They might do something this year after all...
Funny you should mention that...I went out into the garden yesterday, and
much to my surprise I found my eggplants had all shot up about 6-8 inches.
They have been sitting at 3-4 inches for a few weeks now, just sitting there
being eaten by the bugs. Then some warm weather moved in, and they just
exploded out of the ground, practically overnight. They are literally
growing an inch or more a day.
Alas, my okra (the first planting) is sitting at three inches waiting for
I have never grown okra in the same pot. I am not sure about the roots
being pulled apart is good for the plants. Most people just clip one off.
I have transplanted two tomato plants (one cherry and one beefsteak)
from one 5 inch pot directly into the ground (an experiment). It was
crowded but in the end turned out ok.
Okra is a much smaller plant than a tomato plant. Try planting the two
together. Let it grow, see what happens. If those are your only two okra
plants, you might get one side dish to eat from the two plants for the
Enjoy Life ... Dan
Okra is a smaller plant? Not in Nashville. In a good year they grow to
10 feet, digging them up is a big effort and their stems are the size of
a small tree. It takes forever to compost them. They're a beautiful
plant though - lovely flowers and every insect in the garden seems to
enjoy them - I can't eat okra but I miss growing it. (I don't miss
digging up the plants after the frost.)
I'm pretty sure Johnny's has a northern variety.
Kate is correct.
My brain failed me in that moment. My eyes are now open.
In Michigan okra does not grow well. Ten feet ... I am jealous.
I can't eat okra because it is very expensive in the stores up here and
I wish I could grow it, but can't.
Enjoy Life ... Dan
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