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About This Plant...
Family: Malvaceae
Genus and species: Abelmoschus esculentus
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 4-6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 to 3 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2 to 3 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 6-18 days
Germination temp.: 70-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 3/4 inch
Days to maturity: 50-75 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 8-24 inches
Spacing between rows: 24-60 inches
Growing On...
Pests: stinkbugs, Japanese beetles, aphids, corn earworms, flea beetles
Diseases: verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt
Harvest: when pods are immature, in about 50 days from seed; pick often to encourage production
Growing tips: okra seeds do not store well


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