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  • An okra flower with a ready-to-harvet pod beneath.
  • The last gasp: An intricate flower blooming towering above the fall landscape..
  • Okra was the focal point of this "red box" planting of edible ornamentals in our 2013 trial garden.

Burgundy Okra

Abelmoschus esculentus
Delight in the beauty of this tropical-seeming edible ornamental, even in Zone 5.

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Okra Haiku: deep hued stalks tower / bearing mucilaginous pods / eat only when young. Often overlooked in the vegetable patch, okra can be planted as an edible ornamental, rivaling even its Mallow relatives in beauty. Despite its reputation as a warm-season annual, it can be grown with success in many regions. So don't scratch it off your list! Rather, use the elegant illustration in this floral scratchboard art and our scribbled all-too-true haiku to inspire you to scratch out a place for okra in your garden.
Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Planting Depth 1/2 inch
Days to Germination 5-10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Height at Maturity 36-60 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Start indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost, then transplant after all threat of frost has passed. Plant in full sun, in soil with moderate fertility. Cover with row cover to give plants a heat boost, okra thrives in hot temperatures and long summers. Uncover when flowers appear. Harvest pods often, when 4-6" long. Bigger pods may become tough.
Art by Susan Wilson.

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