How to Plant Okra in Pots


Gardeners searching for something unusual to grow in a seasonal garden may consider growing okra. These vegetables are members of the hibiscus family and have blossoms that will adorn your growing area in the middle of the summer. If you lack garden space, dwarf varieties of okra can be grown in 5-gallon containers. Make sure to harvest the okra plants regularly to keep them producing.

Step 1

Fill a 5-gallon container with potting soil.

Step 2

Place three okra seeds onto the top of the soil in the center of the container. Space the seeds approximately 6 inches apart. Cover the seeds with ½ inch of potting soil.

Step 3

Water the soil in the container generously to saturate it. Provide water for the okra plants in the container approximately three times per week or when the soil becomes dry.

Step 4

Place the container in a sunny location.

Step 5

Thin the okra plants when they reach 4 inches in height. Pull up two of the plants, leaving the strongest and healthiest plant to continue to grow in the container.

Step 6

Fertilize the okra plant for the first time when it reaches 6 inches in height. Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the container size. Carefully pour the fertilizer onto the potting soil around the okra plant. Fertilize the okra plant one more time when it begins to bloom.

Step 7

Harvest okra when the pods are 3 inches long. Clip off the pods with pruning shears. Continue to harvest okra each day to keep the plant producing.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon container (with drainage hole)
  • Potting soil
  • Dwarf okra seeds
  • Trowel
  • Slow-release water-soluble fertilizer (4-6-6)
  • Pruning shears
  • Gardening gloves


  • San Diego Union-Tribune: Okra
  • University of Illinois: Watch Your Garden Grown
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