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Abelmoschus esculentus

Red Okra 98

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60 days. In our 2017 okra trial this variety grew the tallest and was highly productive. Plants grow 4-12' tall with mature pods 10-12”, best eaten under 7”. Pods are downy (non-spiny), with less less mucilaginous (slimy). Solid red stems, petioles and leaf veins, green leaves. Pods start off green and blush red as they mature. In 2017 we had some individual plants that reached 12' tall.  In 2018, the tallest were 8'. Donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 1979 by Jean Sherwood of Lenoir City, TN; who got the seed from her father-in-law, a retired Baptist minister who was half-Cherokee. He was born c. 1915 and said the okra had been grown by his family for a long time on the reservation. Jean's accompanying letter to Seed Savers Exchange indicated that people preferred this variety to the ordinary green ones typically grown in her area of Tennessee. NN

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Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

In colder climates, okra does best when started indoors and transplanted.  Start inside in May, 2-3 weeks before transplanting outside. Plant 3-4 seeds per cell, 1/4” deep.  Germination happens faster at 80-90° (use a heating mat). Thin to 1 plant per cell before transplanting (cut, don’t pull).  Space transplants 18-24” apart with rows at least 3’ apart.  Can benefit from soaking overnight before seeding.


Frequently harvest pods that are about 3” long. Flowers and fruit will continually form if harvests occur regularly, until frost. Prickly pods can cause skin irritation; wear gloves if sensitive. For best eating, do not allow pods to over-ripen on the stalk, they will become tough and the plant will stop producing.

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Okra is self-pollinated, but varieties may cross if planted within ¼ mile of each other.  Let pods fully ripen on the plant to save seeds. Okra seeds are fully developed when pod is brown and brittle. Harvest and store in dry, well ventilated area. Thresh seeds by cracking or cutting open pods. Screen and winnow to clean.

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Growing Instructions