Okra - The Kibler Family
Heirloom -Has been grown by the Kibler and Kinard families of Prosperity, SC for many generations. This was the only okra that they grew, and passed the seed down through the years. Jim Kibler whom grew and provided us with the seed says: "None of us ever grew any other okra because my father, grandmother, and aunt always considered it the best for a number of reasons. It germinated easily if soaked in water overnight and was not planted too early. It required no fertilizer and once established was not affected by drought. The pods were straight, neat, and stayed tender even when 8 or more inches long. They could be picked with little irritation to the skin. The flavor, to our taste, could not be equaled..."
Approx. seeds per packet = 9
|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|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
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.
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.