Everything you need to know about okra farming

Okra or Okro knew in many English speaking countries as ladies fingers. It’s a flowering plant in the mellow family.
It’s valued for its edible green seed pod.

The scientific name is Abelmoschus esculent.

In Nigeria, many people love okra soup because it is always delicious, am not joking with okra soup.

5 Okra Health benefits

  1. It improves heart health condition.
  2. It kills breast cancer.
  3. Okra is a rich source of calcium.
  4. Okra help improves
  5. Okra prevents liver disease.

Now that you have to see the health benefits of okra let’s see how you can start your own okra farming.

Sowing and planting
Okra is a seed that likes fertile land well composted and rich with I.M.O(indigenous microorganism)  soaking okra seed with I. M. O and compost tea allow it for 30-45mins before sowing will empower the seed very well without having any delay to germinate.

Okra can withstand any heat once established. Okra can grow to around 75cm wide and 120 to 180cm tall.  It will grow well during cool, wet and cloudy summer, any well-drained soil with pH of 6 to 8 will support okra.

Growing

The key to maintain okra production continuously throughout the summer is to harvest regularly,  only 3 to 4 days are required from the time the okra flower opens until the pod reaches harvest maturity.

For this reason, okra must be harvested at least every other day during the growing season, failure to remove mature pods from the okra plant will reduce the okra production and quality of pods which set on the plant later.

Major okra pests

Okra is affected with insect-like Aphids and corn earworm and diseases like verticillium wilt, Pythium, Phytophthora
Others are nematodes.

Harvesting

Some people allow the pods to grow to the full size before harvesting, but that will not help the plant to produce, it will rather reduce the production on the okra farming.

Start picking when pods reach 2 to 3, inches long, this takes about 5 days from flowering.

If you allow the pods to develop to their full size it will stop the plant from producing another pod.

The smaller pod should also be soft and good to eat, as they get larger they become tough, fibrous and unfit.

Special care should be taken when harvesting okra because it can irritate the skin of some gardeners.