Okra, or gumbo, has about the same degree of hardiness as
cucumbers and tomatoes and may be grown under the same conditions.
It thrives on any fertile, well-drained soil. An abundance of
quickly available plant food will stimulate growth and insure a
good yield of tender, high-quality pods.
As okra is a warm-weather vegetable, the seeds should not be
sown until the soil is warm. The rows should be from 3 to 3-1/2
feet apart, depending on whether the variety is dwarf or large
growing. Sow the seeds every few inches and thin the plants to
stand 18 inches to 2 feet apart in the rows. The pods should be
picked young and tender, and none allowed to ripen. Old pods are
unfit for use and soon exhaust the plant.
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