Okra is a beloved vegetable in the hot parts of the world, 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. Keep reading to learn what to do if your okra flowers are falling off.
Why is My Okra Dropping Flowers?
Okra losing flowers can be scary, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. The edible part of the okra plant is the seed pod that develops after the flower is pollinated. The flower itself is very showy but also short lived.
Okra flowers usually bloom for less than a day before dropping off the plant, leaving behind a small green nub that will form into the okra pod and be ready to harvest in just a few days. This means that even if your okra flowers are falling off, you might be in good shape.
If you see the flowers fall off, or even if you miss them blooming entirely, there’s a good chance the plant is still healthy. As long as the pods are developing, the flowers have been pollinated and all is as it should be. The only thing you’ve missed is seeing the showy hibiscus– or hollyhock-like flowers.
Other Reasons for Blossom Drop on Okra Plants
While okra losing flowers isn’t necessarily a problem, it could be. If your plant is dropping its flowers and no pods are forming, it is likely due to environmental problems.
Okra needs full sun to produce well. If you are experiencing an especially dreary or rainy period, okra blossom drop may occur.
Temperature fluctuations can also stress the plant and cause it to lose flowers. The best thing to do in these situations to wait out the weather – a return to steady sun and temperature should bring the plant back to normal.