Q: Why should I grow okra plant? It is a very popular crop among home gardeners and is a great alternative to corn or soy. However, many people are not aware that it requires very little maintenance to grow and taste great. Here are some growing tips to get you started.
A: Okra grows best when it is planted in an area with lots of light, although it does grow just as well if planted in partial shade. So you want to place your new plants in a sunny location, but keep in mind that it needs approximately six hours of direct sunlight every day, and this should extend up to ten hours if possible. Because of the woody flavor of the okra plant, it needs lots of composting to break down its cellulose and release the juices. If you have room for an indoor garden, you can also grow okra plants inside, but make sure you have enough outdoor room for the weather to ventilate the soil.
Q: Can you grow okra plant in the summer months, or only in the cooler months? Placing your newly transplanted seeds in a warm, shaded area will encourage growth; however, if the days and nights are very hot in your area, it might be better to keep your new crop inside for the entire growing season. To keep the soil moist, you should water your plants about once each week during the hottest part of the season and reduce watering to once per week in cooler weather. When winter approaches and temperatures drop below freezing, it is time to move your plants outdoors to lower the risk of freezing in your plants.
Q: Where should I plant my okra plant to grow to full height? If you have chosen a spot that is going to receive ample sunlight throughout the year, your new plant should begin to grow to one to two feet tall. If you have chosen a shady area, but it remains in a high traffic area of your garden, your okra plant should be able to grow up to four feet tall. If you plant your new crop in a spot that receives no sunlight, it will grow to only one to two feet tall.
Q: What type of insects and mites will I have to deal with if I decide to grow my own okra plant? If you live in a part of the country that is infested with caterpillars, gnats, and other pests, your new crop could become ruined before it has even sprouted. If gnats are a problem in your area, you might need to remove any existing gnats that are already present. To prevent gnats from destroying your seeds, a simple solution is to place mothballs directly around the seed. Mothballs can be purchased at most pet stores, or you may choose to make your own with baking soda and cornstarch. You can also use an insecticide to help get rid of gnats once they have taken hold.
Growing okra at home is very rewarding. Once you have successfully raised your crop, it will taste just like the real thing and you will feel great knowing that you grew it yourself. It can be quite easy to grow okra in your home garden if you follow the tips that are listed above. The first step is to decide on a location, then prepare the seeds, prepare your home for the plant, and finally begin to grow well.