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Okra, Baby Bubba Hybrid

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This dwarf variety is only half as tall as other okras and perfect for large containers.

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The plant is baby-sized, only half as tall as other okras and perfect for a large container. But it's a bubba too, pumping out hefty, full-sized pods, twice as many as the old standards. Ready to harvest in just 53 days. Burpee Exclusive. Grows best in full sun.
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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.

53 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.

1-2 feet

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

3-4 feet

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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    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
    First Date: May-30 - Last Date: Jul-11

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
53 days
Fruit Size
2-3 inches
Full Sun
1-2 feet
3-4 feet
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Okra, Baby Bubba Hybrid is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the best I planted seeds around the end of April beginning of May. The plants grew very slow and didn't yield much. Flavor of the pods harvested wasn't the best either. They were very woody and fibrous. I will not grow again.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From Seed and Wow! Healthy, bountiful Maybe it is the hot, rainy weather in NJ this year but I have never had the success with Okra that I have had this year. I planted 8 seeds in early spring, transplanted when it warmed up and ended up with perfect Baby Bubbas in the garden. Tons of fruit. Tons. I tried Baby Bubba in the past without as much success. The weather was just right this year for okra as my neighbors growing full size varieties have also gotten a large harvest.
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best okra seed Best variety compared to otehr varities. I am getting lot of okra everyother day I have to pick it. Plants are really small.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst seed ever I have grown okra for over 54 years. I grew this in containers and in ground. Beautiful big leaves, but no blossoms and no okra!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Hero! Of the four varieties of okra that I planted last year, this little hero was the first to bear fruit and lots of it. The okra was tasty, tender and plentiful! In Southern California we had a very warm early winter and I was still harvesting little okras (short days make small fruit) in December when the other varieties were long gone.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good harvest I bought these because of a lack of space in my garden beds and was impressed. I started some indoors and added a few more direct sow about 18" apart and couldn't tell a difference once they were mature. I'll definitely grow again next year.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrible year here This season has been awful in Delaware, so my okra crop has been nil.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mighty Producer! I am an okra-lover and like to pick and eat them right in the garden. The picture makes the Baby Bubba Hybrid okra look like a short pot-size plant that doesn't grow very tall. Forget that !! Last year was my first year to plant okra and I planted about 8 of these. They were producing like gang-busters and I had to pull up all but 2 plants. One of those plants grew EIGHT feet tall and was still producing into the cooler frost season. I planted only 3 this year. All are producing very well here in mid-July. Baby Bubba Hybrid is definitely a winner !!! I won't plant any other kind. The only drawback was a tap-root half-way to China that was royal heck to pull up. <smile>
Date published: 2017-07-15
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