Okra, Chant Hybrid
The essential variety for the best gumbo.
Days To Maturity
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
After Last Frost
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 Maturity55 daysFruit Size3-4 inchesSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight5 feetSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeSpring, SummerSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Okra, Chant Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 7.Rated 5 out of 5 by bubba07 from Great okra I have been planting okra for over 50 years and this is the best okra I have ever planted . I had some over 8ft tall and if you miss a day or two without cutting the pods are still tender. I was getting ready to order more but could not find them in the book, but thank goodness it was on there web site. Hint put each seed in ice tray and fill it with water and freeze. Plant the ice cube and wait.Date published: 2016-01-30Rated 5 out of 5 by AAK1 from Wonderful flavor, good survivor My husband hates the "snot" that most okras have, especially Clemson. This one has an excellent flavor and doesn't develop the mucus unless you keep it in the refrigerator for several hours after picking. Pick it and cook it right away to prevent the gross outs from those who "hate" okra, and you will have instant converts! I love how you can be more casual when picking them as well. Most other okras get tough as they get larger, but not this variety. You can pick them up to 6-7" long and still have tender and flavorful okras. I have also been amazed at this okra's will to survive. When they were relatively young and basically just a tall stringy stalk, a major thunderstorm with hail taught me 2 lessons: this variety can snap off right at the base and regrow quickly from the "stump", and then you get twice as many okras from the new multiple branches. Keep trimming to form a bush and you get even more okras. I like Chant okra!Date published: 2015-04-03Rated 4 out of 5 by AnuBean from Stays Tender Seeds germinate very well. I started seed indoors (which was probably a mistake) to try to get a jump on the season. Okra grew quickly and became a little pot-bound before I planted outdoors. Grew happily outdoors to a height of about 3 feet but weren't very productive. The pods stayed tender even beyond four inches though--which I can't say for the clemson variety. I will definitely try these again and put in more effort to get them productive.Date published: 2013-08-28Rated 5 out of 5 by Daveinflorida from Gorgeous Fruit, Incredible Production I have never grown such incredible okra. My wife was a little skeptical at first but now she is just shaking her head with glee! We can't believe how much okra these plants have produced. The fruit is incredibly large compared to the standard okra as can be seen in the first photo. I was looking for a good summer crop to grow and this is it here in Rockledge, Florida. Just can"t say enough and it taste better than it looks!Date published: 2013-07-21Rated 1 out of 5 by okramaven from Okra disaster problem with spindly seedlings, seed leaf broke off if any soil was attached, very poor plant yieldDate published: 2013-06-14Rated 5 out of 5 by Lou14 from Chant Hybrid Okra Virtually every seed germinated! The seedlings look strong and healthy.Date published: 2012-05-11Rated 5 out of 5 by BurpeeGardenExpert from Delicious, Tender Pods Great for Lots of Dishes I sautéed, simmered, fried, souped and canned this variety, and still there was more! My favorite thing about 'Chant' is that the pods remain tender and edible at 5". The extra-long pods make great stand-alones on an hors d'oeuvres platter; they also amount to a lot quickly when sliced, so harvesters on the go can just grab a few and still get dinner to the table on time.Date published: 2011-11-18