Hill Country Okra
Days to Maturity: 50 days
Plant Spacing: 1-2 plants per square foot
Sunlight Requirement: 8 - 14 Hours
Look Out For: mealy bugs and russet mites
Harvest Notes: Pick okra very regularly when thumb sized
Okra is an indispensable ingredient in many soups, gumbos, and stew recipes. The immature pods contribute unique flavor and consistency to ethnic dishes like Cajun gumbo. Okra is a tender annual that grows best in hot weather and can even thrive in our hot, humid and rainy summers. The pods should be picked when tender and immature, about 2-3 inches long, usually about 4-6 days after flowering. Keep pods removed to encourage flowering. These plants can reach 8 feet tall! A member of the hibiscus family, Okra has similar pest issues and a beautiful edible flower. Hill Country Red Okra is said to have originated in the eastern portion of the mostly limestone Edwards Plateau in west-central Tex- as—also known as Texas Hill Country and its prized for its flavor. When we grew it in the Miami summer heat it lost some of its red coloring (reds and purples tend to decrease in intensity in the heat) but we think in slightly cooler temps or less sun itll blush red.