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Botanical name: Abelmoschus esculentus
Other names: Okra, Lady's fingers, Hibiscus esculentus, Bhendi, Gumbo
Species: A. esculentus - A. esculentus is a perennial plant widely cultivated as an annual with heart-shaped, bright green leaves, large yellow flowers and slender, edible, green seed pods.
Abelmoschus esculentus is: Deciduous
Flower: Yellow in Summer
Foliage: Green in Summer
Fruit: Green in Summer
Habit: Clump-forming, Irregular, Tall, Upright
Toxicity: May cause skin irritation. Wear protective gloves/clothing during harvest.
Specific diseases: Powdery mildew
Pruning: Harvest when young pods are no more than 10cm - larger pods tend to be tough and stringy. Cut the pod stems close to the main stem. In frost-free areas, cut back to the base after harvesting to encourage a second production of pods.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2m after 1-2 years.
Suggested uses: Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse
Cultivation: Plant in deep, fertile, moist but well-drained, slightly acidic to alkaline soil in full sun. Sow seed indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost or outdoors when soil is warm. In the growing season, apply mulch and fertilise every few weeks.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Hardiness:||Tender in frost (H3)|
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