Germination of Okra Seeds


Okra is a notoriously slimy vegetable native to hot regions of Africa and Asia. When grown in a home garden, it can be difficult to get the plants started. Okra seeds have hard outer shells that result in a long and sometimes non-existent germination process. However, the seeds can be prepared so that their shells lose some of their strength, increasing the chance of germination. The preparation requires basic household items and little manual work.

Step 1

Prepare a spot in the garden that gets full sun, which is necessary for okra seed germination. Pull any weeds out of the chosen spot.

Step 2

Put the seeds in a small bowl. Place the bowl in a freezer overnight. The temperature of the freezer cause the water molecules in the okra seeds to expand, create small cracks and make it easier for the seeds germinate.

Step 3

Plant the seeds 1 inch deep and 12 to 24 inches apart.

Step 4

Water the soil so it is thoroughly moist. Maintain a moist soil at all times during the growth cycle. The seeds should germinate within 14 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer


  • Garden: Okra
  • University of Illinois: Okra
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