Gorgeous, delicious and prolific heirloom that qualifies as an edible ornamental.
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How to Sow
- Sow okra seeds in full sun and average, well-worked soil after danger of frost.
- Grow okra in a different place every year to avoid problems with pests and diseases.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
- Plant 3-4 seeds every 12 inches in rows 36 inches apart.
- Cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
- Seedlings should emerge in 14-21 days.
- Thin to strongest seedling per group when plants are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1-1 ½ inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Pick young okra pods that are 2-3 inches long and harvest them every other day to encourage continuous production. Cut the pods from the stem just above the cap.
- Store pods for several days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
- Okra pods are delicious steamed, in soups and fried.
- Okra may also be stored blanched and frozen.
Days To Maturity49-60 daysFruit Size3-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight3-5 feetSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Okra, Burgundy is rated out of 5 by 2.Rated 2 out of 5 by Tesla from Pretty Plant, Not Terribly Tasty These made beautiful plants, and they produced reasonably but not quite as much as the Clemson Spineless. Honestly, I wasn't bothered by the fact that this variety isn't spineless. The biggest reason I wouldn't grow this variety again is that the taste was kind of bitter, and it didn't seem to change no matter when I picked it. The Clemson Spineless tasted much better, with the typical buttery yummy okra taste. Also, just for info, the pods of the variety seemed to grow significantly thinner, and they lose some of their pretty red color when cooked. I'll probably try a different red variety next time.Date published: 2012-12-30Rated 2 out of 5 by Mike1954 from Pretty plant I grew these as a novelty and was curious about the taste. Taste was good, but big spines down the middle. Will go back to Clemson Spinless as usual.Date published: 2012-10-14