Found towering overhead in full-sun gardens and fried to perfection alongside mashed potatoes, okra is a hardy, high-yielding crop that's been a Southern staple for centuries. Okra is drought and heat tolerant, thus, growing okra outdoors is a cinch. Replicating its preferred environment and successfully growing okra indoors requires a bit more preparation.
Soak okra seeds in water overnight. Place three seeds per peat pot in germination tray.
Place germination tray under halide light fixtures in well-ventilated area. Use 40 watts per square foot of gardening space. Leave lights lit for 8 to 10 hours per day.
Moisten peat pots daily. Water should remain present, but the peat pots should never drip or become soggy.
Remove the two weakest plants three to five days after seeds sprout.
Break open sides and bottom of moist, drained peat pot and place entire cell into soil-filled gardening container. Plant shallowly, 3 to 5 inches deep, as okra prefers well-drained soil.
Water each plant with 1 inch of water per week. Maintain lighting schedule. Pods appear in approximately two months.
Harvest pods of 2 to 4 inches long every two to three days. Pods will continue to produce after first harvest.