Aunt Hettie's Red

Abelmoschus esculentus

HEIRLOOM This Tennessee heirloom produces plump glossy pods with a bright burgundy finish. Beautiful red stalks and leaves make the plant as ornamental as it is tasty. Plants grow 4-5' high, harvest pods when 4" or smaller.

Originally from West Africa, okra runs in the blood of many Southerners for whom summer is not complete without a plate of gumbo, lightly battered fried okra or a side of pickled pods. The stunning plants belong to the mallow family with the relation to hibiscus readily apparent by the flowers, so be sure to make ornamental plantings in addition to those marked for harvest. For best yields pick every other day during the season but special care should be taken when harvesting because it can irritate the skin of some gardeners. Nutrients: vitamins B6, C, and K, folate, calcium, manganese.

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
420 1 oz 30 lbs 65
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 70-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed 1/2" 3-4" 90
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
12" 7-15 Annual 1-2 years
A frost sensitive crop that is easily grown in full sun and by direct seed once danger of frost has passed. Heat-loving okra is capable of withstanding dry periods once established. Okra can grow 30" wide and 4-6' tall and has a naturally low germination rate. Plant Seeds: 1/2" deep with 3-4" between seeds, in rows 2-3' apart. Soil Temp: 70-90 F. Days to Sprout: 7-15. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: 12". Companions: lettuce, peppers, eggplant, basil, cucumber, melons, cowpeas. Seeds/Oz: 420. Seed Wt./100' Row: 1 oz. Yield/100' row: 30lbs. Days to Harvest: 60-85. Seed Viability: 1-2years.