How to Grow an Okra Plant


Okra is grown both as a vegetable and as an ornamental plant in many home gardens. The bright purple flowers and tall stalks add beauty to gardens of both types. Okra thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Okra is a member of the hibiscus family and is considered an annual plant. Okra seed can be saved from the pods from one year to the next, reducing the cost of purchasing seed.

Step 1

Create a one-inch trench in prepared garden space using the handle end of a hoe or rake. If additional rows are needed, space the rows a minimum of three feet apart.

Step 2

Plant the okra seed directly in the trench, placing a seed approximately every 2 inches apart.

Step 3

Cover the seeds with 1 inch of soil using the hoe or rake.

Step 4

Allow the seedlings to emerge and thin the plants to around 12 inches apart in the row. Choose the healthiest and strongest seedlings to keep in the row.

Step 5

Water the okra plants every 10 days if you haven't had rain during that period of time. A good soaking of water is sufficient, do not allow water to stand and puddle on the soil surface. Okra will reach picking stage between 50 and 55 days from planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Okra seed
  • Hoe or rake


  • Texas Agricultural Extension Service: Easy Gardening Okra (PDF)
  • University of Illinois Extension: Okra
  • University of Arkansas Extension: Okra (PDF)
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