Okra is a vegetable that prefers to grow in warm temperatures. Okra plants grow tall and produce vegetable pods that are often used in soup and stew recipes, as well as a fried or boiled vegetable side dish. It is loaded with nutrients and fiber but is often overlooked as a vegetable option. Planting okra in your garden requires warm temperatures. Starting okra indoors does not work well--the seedlings don't do well when transplanted. For best results, sow okra directly into the soil.
Plant okra when the soil has warmed up. Okra prefers hot weather and warm temperatures and resists growing in cool temperatures.
Select a site with full sun that has average, moist soil. While okra likes moisture, it does not like soggy wet soil.
Soak your okra seed in lukewarm water for 24 hours before planting. This will help soften the seed coat to make germination easier.
Build up your soil to make rows that are shaped like small hills.
Plant the okra seeds 1 inch deep into soil, and space them 6 inches apart. If you have more than one row, the rows should be 3 feet apart.
Water the okra seed on planting day, making sure the soil around it is moist, but not wet. Follow up with watering the seedling with 1 inch of water per week if there has been no natural rain. Okra is tolerant of low moisture conditions, and does not need excessive watering.
Thin seedlings to 18 to 24 inches apart when they are 3 inches tall.