Clemson Spineless Okra Organic

SKU: OK101
Over a short period in the heat of summer, plants will grow quickly to 1.2m (4'), and are covered in edible, cream coloured flowers. These are followed by meaty, strongly flavoured pods that add brilliant texture to relishes and chutneys, but also complement stews, soups, and gumbo. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 56 days

Season Warm season

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Abelmoschus esculentus. By far the most popular cultivated variety of okra, Clemson Spineless Okra Organic is an heirloom that won the AAS prize back in 1939. Over a short period in the heat of summer, plants will grow quickly to 1.2m (4'), and are covered in edible, cream coloured flowers. These are followed by meaty, strongly flavoured pods that add brilliant texture to relishes and chutneys, but also complement stews, soups, and gumbo. Plants really are spineless, and are very easy to grow.

Matures in 56 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Award winner
    • Productive, spineless plants
    • A much loved heirloom variety
    • Thrives in hot weather
    • Matures in 56 days

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All About Clemson Spineless Okra Organic

Latin

Latin
Ablemoschus esculentus
Family: Malvaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow starting in late spring, once the soil has really warmed up. Okra seeds can also be started in peat pots or soil blocks, and will benefit from the extra heat of a greenhouse or cold frame. Optimal soil temperature: 24-32°C (75-90°F). Damping off and seed decay are more likely in soil below 21°C (70°F).

Starting

Starting
Buy new seeds each year, and speed up the typically slow germination process by soaking seeds overnight in tepid water. Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Thin to 30-45cm (12-18″) apart in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-7.0. Use light, loamy, well-drained soil with ample organic matter dug in, and choose a sunny, warm spot. Raised beds work well. Once hot weather arrives, okra plants grow with surprising vigour. Keep them growing steadily with even irrigation and regular applications of balanced organic fertilizer to the surface of the soil around plants.

Harvest

Harvest
Harvest pods while they are just 6-8cm (2½-3″) long. Pods become tough at larger sizes. Harvest as long as plants produce, and freeze unused pods either whole or cut.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimum conditions at least 65% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100’ row: 400-600 seeds, per acre: 96M -120M seeds.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests
Watch for slug/snail damage to young seedlings. Keep the area free from debris where these pests like to nest.

How to Grow Okra

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow starting in late spring, once the soil has really warmed up. Okra seeds can also be started in peat pots or soil blocks, and will benefit from the extra heat of a greenhouse or cold frame. Optimal soil temperature: 24-32°C (75-90°F). Damping off and seed decay are more likely in soil below 21°C (70°F).

Step 2: Starting

Buy new seeds each year, and speed up the typically slow germination process by soaking seeds overnight in tepid water. Sow seeds 1cm (½”) deep. Thin to 30-45cm (12-18″) apart in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-7.0.

Use light, loamy, well-drained soil with ample organic matter dug in, and choose a sunny, warm spot. Raised beds work well. Once hot weather arrives, okra plants grow with surprising vigour. Keep them growing steadily with even irrigation and regular applications of balanced organic fertilizer to the surface of the soil around plants.

Step 4: Germination

Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

In optimum conditions at least 65% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100’ row: 400-600 seeds, per acre: 96M -120M seeds.

Step 5: Harvest

Harvest pods while they are just 6-8cm (2½-3″) long. Pods become tough at larger sizes. Harvest as long as plants produce, and freeze unused pods either whole or cut.

Tip!

Disease & Pests: Watch for slug/snail damage to young seedlings. Keep the area free from debris where these pests like to nest.

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