Information About Okra

A traditional Southern favorite for generations, you don’t have to be Southern to grow okra, as this tropical vegetable thrives in climates with warm summers. Want to know more about how to grow okra in your garden? The following articles provide tips and information about growing and caring for okra plants.

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Edible Okra Leaves – Can You Eat The Leaves Of Okra

By Amy Grant

Many northerners may not have tried it, but okra is quintessentially southern and linked to the cuisine of the region. Even so, many southerners typically just use the okra pods in their dishes, but what about eating the okra leaves? Can you eat the leaves of okra? Find out here.

Okra Charcoal Rot Information: Learn About Treating Okra Charcoal Rot

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Charcoal rot can be a devastating disease for a number of crops, causing rot in the roots and stems, inhibiting growth, and lowering yield. Charcoal rot of okra has the potential to wipe out that section of your garden and even infect other vegetables. Learn more here.

Treating Blight On Okra Plants: Recognizing Southern Blight In Okra Crops

By Shelley Pierce

There are times when even the most ardent lover of okra is left with a bad taste in their mouth – and that is when there is blight on okra plants in the garden. Just what is okra southern blight and how do you treat okra with southern blight? Click here to find out.

Cotton Root Rot Of Okra: Managing Okra With Texas Root Rot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Cotton root rot of okra, is a nasty fungal disease that attacks many species of plants. The disease, which favors highly alkaline soils and hot summers, is limited to the Southwestern United States. Learn what you can do about okra with Texas root rot in this article.

My Okra Flowers Are Falling Off: Reasons For Okra Blossom Drop

By Liz Baessler

Okra is a beloved vegetable, partly because it can live and produce happily even in extreme heat. Because it's usually so reliable, it can be especially frustrating if your okra plant doesn't produce like it should. One such problem is okra blossom drop. Learn more here.

Nematode Okra Problems – Treating Okra With Root Knot Nematodes

By Amy Grant

Southern Americans are not the only ones who love their okra; okra root knot nematodes have a penchant for it as well. Okra with root knot nematodes can cause serious losses. How can root knot nematodes on okra be managed? This article can help with that.

Okra Seedling Diseases: Managing Diseases Of Okra Seedlings

By Shelley Pierce

If your okra seedlings are dying, then let this article take the "oh crud" out of okra cultivation and learn more about some of the more common okra seedling diseases and prevention. Click here for more information.

My Okra Is Rotting: What Causes Okra Blossom Blight

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Okra flowers and fruits turn soft on the plants and develop a fuzzy appearance. This usually means that they've been infected with fungal okra blossom and fruit blight. Learn more about this common okra problem in this article.

What Is Okra Leaf Spot: Tips For Treating Leaf Spot Of Okra

By Amy Grant

Even with centuries of cultivation, okra is still susceptible to pests and diseases. One such disease is leaf spot of okra. What is okra leaf spot and how can okra with leaf spots be managed? This article will help with these questions. Click here to learn more.

Why Won’t My Okra Bloom – What To Do For Okra With No Flowers

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer

Okra is a great garden plant for warm and hot climates. In addition to the okra pods, you get to enjoy the flowers. Sometimes, though, gardeners find themselves with a large and seemingly healthy okra plant that has no flowers or fruit. Learn more here.

Okra Mosaic Virus Info: Learn About Mosaic Virus Of Okra Plants

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Okra mosaic virus was first seen in okra plants in Africa, but there are now reports of it popping up in the U.S. This virus is still not common, but it is devastating to crops. If you grow okra, you are not likely to see it, but if you do, this article may help.

Fusarium Wilt In Okra: Treating Okra Fusarium Wilt Disease In Gardens

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Okra fusarium wilt is a likely culprit if you've noticed wilting okra plants, especially if the plants perk up when temperatures drop in evening. Your plants may not die, but the disease delays growth and decreases yields when harvest time rolls around. Learn more here.

Okra Companion Plants – Learn About Companion Planting With Okra

By Amy Grant

Okra plant companions are plants that thrive with okra. Companion planting with okra can deter pests and generally boost growth and production. Find out what to plant near okra in this article so your garden can reap the benefits.

Red Burgundy Okra: Growing Red Okra Plants In The Garden

By Amy Grant

You thought okra was green? What kind of okra is red? As the name suggests, the plant bears 2- to 5-inch (5 to 12.5 cm.) long, torpedo-shaped fruit, but is the red okra edible? Click this article to find out all about growing red okra plants.

Collecting Okra Seeds – How To Save Okra Seeds For Planting Later

By Teo Spengler

Okra is a warm season vegetable that produces long, thin, edible pods nicknamed ladies' fingers. If you grow okra in your garden, collecting okra seeds is a cheap and easy way to get seeds for next year's garden. Read this article to find out how to save okra seeds.

Ornamental Okra Plants: Tips On Growing Okra In Containers And Garden Beds

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Okra is a nutrient-rich vegetable with a mild flavor but not everyone likes it. If you don't want to raise the vegetable for eating, you can still grow ornamental okra plants. The big, hibiscus-like blooms are anything but unpleasant. Learn more here.

Information On How To Harvest Okra

By Kathee Mierzejewski

Growing okra is a pretty simple garden task. Harvesting okra can be tricky, however, because you have to get to them before the pods become tough. This article can help with tips on when and how to pick okra.

Planting Okra: How To Grow Okra

By Kathee Mierzejewski

Okra is a wonderful vegetable that is used in all sorts of soups and stews. It is pretty versatile, but not a lot of people actually grow it. If you are thinking about planting okra, read here for growing tips.

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