Okra seeds should be given plenty of room and a warm environment with full sun to thrive and fully mature. Plants do best when seeds are sown directly but will also do well when seedlings are started indoors and transplanted after 30 days. Sow seeds 1” deep in moist but not oversaturated soil. 3-4 seeds should be sown for each desired plant and thinned to 1 seedling per spot after 2-3 weeks. Space plants 12” apart with rows 24-30” apart. These plants don’t do well in cool temperatures, so be sure to keep them away from frost. Pods are ready to harvest and most tender and delicious when picked young, at around 3” long. To harvest pods, cut them off the stem of the plant.
Clemson Spineless okra grow in the wild of Ethiopia and Egypt and thrive in warm temperatures such as those in the South of the United States. Watch out for over saturated soil during plant growth that can lead to disease but keep soil moist enough to provide for the plant. Pods can be stored for longer periods of time by blanching or freezing. Enjoy fried, raw, or steamed!