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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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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
Full Sun
36-48 inches
36-48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Okra, Clemson Spineless is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 14.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some early, some late... I finally took the plunge and tried to grow Okra for the first time and I had an interesting experience with this seed. I bought seed at two different stores and grew this in two different places in my garden. In one part of my garden, the plants were small but produced early and often throughout the season. In another row of my garden, the plants grew and grew but never produced until the end of the season, but produced in large quantities. I also learned to pick them early as they got stringy in a hurry. I will try again with the lessons learned from this past season because they were so tasty.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great okra great okra but don't make the mistake i made.I let them grow to their maximum length and could not get them to soften even by boiling them.
Date published: 2012-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy peasy I got started late in my garden after moving into our new home. I was looking for something to plant in July, and I chose the okra and zuchinni. I started 6 okra plants in a small tray, and all 6 sprouted. I waited a little too long, but eventually transplanted them. The first few weeks were slow growing, and the birds pecked three plants out which I re-seeded directly about three weeks after the original transplant. This was in early July, and I am getting lots of flowers and edible okra now. The largest plants are the ones that were seeded directly. They were three weeks behind in planting, but now seem to be about 2 weeks ahead. It makes a huge difference, do not transplant. The okra are good to eat, a little slimy but thats how okra are. We had a lot of rain (it rained every day for about 3 weeks) and actually lost all of our zuchinni to disease, but these okra are tough. They grow high off the ground so they wont stay soggy. Easy to take care of, although they needed a little bit of fertilizer to get them kick started ( I applied it when they were about 18 inches high). The one last thing that I did not realize is that okra, like peas and beans, are 'parthenocarpic' meaning they don't need to be pollinated to set fruit. We don't have many bees so my zuchinni needed to be hand pollinated which was a hassle, but these okra do not.
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great okra! This is the first okra I've ever grown. I have only two plants in my garden. One of the plants was dug up and moved from the front yard to the back yard after it was well established. I thought it would die as it looked wilted and weak for about 4 days. After watering and willing it to live the plant began to rally and eventually push out flowers. It is now about 4 feet tall and producing okra for me. The other plant was started about 3 weeks later and is thriving. We harvest almost daily but only one or two per plant. I was allowing them to grow quite large, up to 7-8 inches bit when I read the package today it said to harvest when they are half the size to make sure the plant keeps producing. The fruit from this plant is excellent. It is crunchy, smooth, firm and not as slimy as most okra. I chop them up and stir fry them with my green beans, sugar peas and mini bell peppers. They are also great raw as a healthy snack. Since I only get one or two okra from each plant per day we have planted more seeds. I highly recommend this seed.
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Early Riser Okra Sprouted a 6 days in January! very healthy variety, and vigorous.
Date published: 2011-02-02
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