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Okra, Clemson Spineless

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The most popular okra on the market.

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This 1939 All-America Selections winner is still the most popular variety on the market. The vigorous, 4-ft. high plants produce an abundance of dark green, grooved pods without spines. Best picked when 2.5 to 3" long. GARDEN HINTS: Soak seed in warm water overnight to speed germination. Pick pods young, while still tender. Pods are excellent for use in soups, stews and relishes.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

56 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2-3 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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    Okra
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 Maturity
56 days
Fruit Size
2-3 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
36-48 inches
Height
36-48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
12 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Okra, Clemson Spineless is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Okra I bought the seedCouple of months ago and iam happy with it. It did well.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too soon to tell right now.. Although I purchased the Okra months ago, I did not decide to plant them until the middle to late of July, so right now they are still little baby plantings and I hope that the weather will cooperate with me and allpw them time to bloom completely and produce a nice amount of Okra for me this year before the November cold weather arrives..again, I planted the Okra kinda late.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic and Dependable Classic okra plant, puts out a steady supply of okra pods for a long time. Never goes crazy with the harvest, there won't be an over-abundance of okra all at once (which would be ideal for pickling), but a good, hardy, consistent producer. As a Clemson alum, maybe I'm biased :)
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how tall? Burpee states that this variety only gets to 48". My plants are 80 days old and are near 7' tall. Its only July 22nd. I think I will need a 10' ladder by the end of season.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crimson spinless Very happy, plants didn't get extremely tall but put out great tasting high yielding okra.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So bummed on these I'm so super bummed on these. I was so excited to grow them because my boyfriend is a fiend for okra. Unfortunately after 5 times trying to grow them this year I still had no luck. They got to about 4 inches every time and then just died. No matter what I tried. Maybe it's the region, who knows. The weather was awesome here after the winter, and everything else I planted really thrived. Hopefully a different type of okra will do better here!
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Many Okra I'll start with this; I grew up in Wisconsin where I had never even heard of okra. I moved to the south and now it's everywhere so I thought I'd try growing it. I was rewarded with okra plants reaching upwards of 8 feet tall, and each plant had AT LEAST a dozen okra on them daily. And as it turns out, I don't care much for okra, so my neighbors were more than welcome to have an entire villages supply of the stuff. But these plants did amazingly well, almost too well. Shaded out my root vegetables! Even so, I'd highly recommend this to anyone wishing to grow okra.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Okra, but more than one per potted plant. My plants reached 8 feet last year and yielded very nice harvests, and that even included the two plants I had in partial sun. The only issue I have had with the plants, as with most plants from burpee, is the fact that they do not seem to thin their plants down to one healthy seedling prior to sale, so many times you will find that your plant has a couple buddies growing at his feet, thus competing for resources with the larger plant. I guess you can just clip them, or even leave them as I did the first time. You can see the end result of leaving them in my attached picture, so I guess it really didn't matter. The smaller plants just did not produce as much and may have hindered some production of the larger plant. Its really hard to tell as I didn't have any single plants to compare them too. This year I planted from burpee seed, so I kept it down to one plant per spot. I am hoping to see an even larger harvest this next year. Last year, these "two" plants produced enough for my wife and I all year.
Date published: 2014-04-23
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