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Okra seeds- Aunt Hettie's Red: Rare heirloom glossy pods grow 4-5' high.

Okra - Aunt Hettie's Red

This very rare Tennessee heirloom produces plump, glossy pods with a bright burgundy finish. Plants grow to 4-5’ high and are very ornamental. Pods are tender and delicious, best harvested at under 4”. Approx. seeds per packet = 85 Packet $2.95 Packet weight 6 grams

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
420 1 oz 30 lbs 60
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" 105
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
12" 7-15 Annual 1-2 years

Bed Preparation

Okra is a frost sensitive annual that requires full sun and well-drained soil. Okra will tolerate a wide variety of soils and once established is heat and drought tolerant.


Okra has a thick seed coat and does not germinate easily. Soak seeds in water at room temperature overnight and/or nick hard seed coat prior to planting for improved germination. Direct seed after the danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed to 62˚F. Sow seeds 1/2" deep and 3-4” apart in rows that are 3-6 ft apart. Seeds will sprout in 7-15 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 12" apart.


Okra is ready to harvest in approximately 60-70 days. Depending on the variety, pods are best eaten when 2-3" long. If left on plant too long, pods become tough and fibrous. To increase productivity of plants, harvest every two days to promote further pod production.

Seed Saving

Okra flowers are perfect and self-pollinating, but they are so large and showy they attract lots of bees to help get the job done. Okra needs at least ¼ mile to retain seed purity, but ½ mile would be best. Okra will keep producing as long as you pick, so it's best not to save pods from early flushes as you will be selecting for lower overall yields. Let your seed pod choices dry on the plant, and cut them off (wearing gloves!) with pruning shears or just grab the pod and twist. You can store the seeds in the pods until use, but for best long term storage, crack open the pods and store seeds in glass jars.