Carmine Splendor Okra

$ 4.00 

Carmine Splendor Okra
ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS

Days to Maturity: 50 days
Plant Spacing: 1 - 3 plants per square foot
Sunlight Requirement: 8 - 14 Hours
Look Out For: mites, aphids
Harvest Notes: Pick okra very regularly when thumb sized
Annual

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. Plants can reach 3-4 feet high and do not need trellising. A member of the hibiscus family, Okra has similar pest issues (a favorite plant of the mealy bug) and a beautiful edible flower. Burgundy Okra is a beautiful variety with dark red fruit and stems.