Okra, Dwarf Clemson


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 One of my favorite raw garden snacks.  Clip off a 3 in. Okra pod and snack down.  Some folks find Okra’s internal texture unappealing, but some folks just don’t know what’s good for em. Okra is a Southern classic, typically fried or used to thicken stews.  I like to grill them on a skewer with a little olive oil and eat them whole.

This Dwarf Clemson is a perfect example of why we do what we do here at Rooftop Ready Seeds.  Okra thrives in the city because of our high average temperatures through the Summer, making it an advantageous choice for NYC gardeners in the first place.  But our Dwarf Clemson is a shorter, stockier plant that demands less of your soil and produces pods prolifically nonetheless.  Perfect for containers or small plots.  To boot, this seed was selected from our friends at the Brooklyn Grange in 2011.  We saved some seed from their plants so we could grow some out for sale and they could have more seed stock for future plantings.  Win-win.

To Sow

  • Date: Start Indoors March 1-April 15, Transplant May 15-June 15
  • Planting Depth: 1/2 in.
  • Special Instructions:  Make sure to keep soil temperature above 70 degrees when starting okra seeds indoors.  Keep seed starts close to a radiator or space heater or use a greenhouse heating pad.
  • Germination Rate: 88%

To Grow

  • For Raised Beds: Space plants 12 in. apart, leaving 18 in. spacing between rows.  Stagger rows to increase number of plants per bed.
  • For Containers: Plant one plant in a deep container measuring at least 5 gallons.

 Seeds Per Pack: 25


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