Caroline Rodgers wrote:There are only two things I can think of:
pH- tomatoes like slightly acidic soil, but okra likes it to be neutral. You can buy a pH test kit at a garden soil and add supplements if needed
Windbreak: okra roots are super fragile so the wind pushing the plant around could be damaging the roots leading to stunted growth.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
Casie Becker wrote:Do you have a relationship of some sort with the person growing the seven foot okra, or have you just seen the plants? Unless you have bad blood between the two of you, I wonder if you could beg some seed from their plants? So often success or failure depends on the varieties you work with. Look at all the people trying to grow watermelon in cold climates, or how much effort goes into finding bolt resistant plants for the south. Varieties aren't one size fits all.
I'm curious what keeps bringing you back to Clemson Spineless.
Rodd Ramon wrote:Long time reader of the forums, I signed up to help you. I'm a big fan of okra, and grow a good bit. My first thought is, are you harvesting the pods. A lot of okra will not continue to grow if you leave the pods on. My usual is after the flower to let the pods grow for a few days to a week then I cut them off. I don't think I've ever had more than two pods on a plant at a time. I've grown okra 7-8' . Also direct sow if possible if your season is short start in as big of a pot as you can.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Deb Rebel: Good luck with that okra. I cuss myself every time I think that I can pick okra without full protection gear consisting of long pants, long sleeves, and gloves. I keep a pair of each in the garden shed, just in case I take a whim to harvest okra.
Larry Bock wrote:My experiment with Okra this past summer was a Failure. There at anyone given time,enough Okra to make a pot of gumbo. Out of 24 well spaced plants...Nxt to where the tomatoes thrive. They never go taller than 3ft...
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
The okra spines seem to have poison on them, so they strike me as more inflammatory -- like a nettle. I don't notice them getting "stuck" in the skin. I sure notice if I slap a plant against my neck or face. It might raise a rash. They are not penetrating my gloves or clothing. The opuntia spines are more mechanical and tenacious. They penetrate clothing and stick fast. I sometimes pick okra bare handed. I never mess with the opuntias without tongs. I really should wear glasses when picking okra and corn. I hate it when a leaf goes in my eye!
You just might need that ladder:
Rin Corbin wrote:Happy New Year!
Reporting back, yep, 2017 was just a cold year here. My lettuce never bolted, when usually it's gone by the 4th of July. So no surprise that my clemson spineless okra sulked at 6" tall and only gave me 5 pods. Next year it's going back against the cob wall.
Deb, the gutter heat tape is genius. Have you (or anyone else) had any okra luck with the wall of water contraptions they make for tomatoes?