Okra, Dwarf Long Pod
Vigorous and a highly productive variety with long pods on strong sturdy plants grow to about 3-4 feet tall. Strong bushy plants. The very green, extra long 7-8 inch pods are tender and delicious, perfect for canning, pickling and cutting up for gumbo or stews.
- Botanical Name - Abelmoschus esculentus
- Zone 3-9
- Days to Maturity - 55-58 Days
- Maximum Height - 3-4 Feet
- Fruit / Blossom Size - Harvest Young at 3-5 inch
- Treated - No
- Pod Color - Green
- Seed Color - Dark Green
- Germination Time - 7-14 Days
- Breed - Heirloom, Open Pollinated
- Germination Rate – 90%
- Lifecycle – Annual
- Sunlight - Full Sun
- Watering – 1"-1/2" per week
- Sow Method – Direct Sow or Transplant
- Sow Depth - 1/2 -1 inch
- Plant Spacing 12 -18 inch
- Row Spacing 24-36 inch
- Season of Interest - All
- Okra Growing Guide
- Companion Planting Guide
Did you know... Okra is a tropical crop, but is grown successfully in most warm-season areas where the average temperature is 65-95°F. Varieties of okra range from tall to dwarf, with smooth or ridged pods. Okra is related to cotton, and is susceptible to most cotton diseases like Verticillium and Fusarium wilts. Only one flower per day will open on any given stem, forming the fruit. A general rule is to harvest pods when they are relatively small (3-4 in. long) and tender.
Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Non-Gmo, Annual
Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year.
All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom. This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.
Nutritional Value & Health Benefits
Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients. Nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectin. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid are also present in a half cup of cooked okra.