How to Save Seeds From Okra


You finally mastered the art of successfully growing okra in your garden this year. With all the different recipes there are for okra you're set for a long time when it comes to finding uses for the vegetable. Perhaps you want to duplicate this success next year given that your thumb has, in fact, proved to be quite green. That being said, you will need to save the seeds. This is a simple task that requires little more than following a few steps.

Step 1

Leave the okra pods on the vine until they are completely dry and hard. If leaving them on the vine isn't an option, set the pods in a cool, dry place in your home and allow them to dry there.

Step 2

Split open the pods and scoop the seeds out with your fingers.

Step 3

Place the seeds on a clean cloth to finish drying if they are still wet. Make sure that they are in a cool, dry place.

Step 4

Put the seeds into an airtight container such as a sealable plastic bag or a jar with a lid.

Step 5

Mark the bag or jar so you will remember what the contents are and set it in a cool, dry place to keep until next year.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not dry or store the seeds in direct sunlight. Seeds can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, but don't store them in outside sheds as bugs or mice can get into them.

Things You'll Need

  • Okra
  • Clean cloth
  • Airtight plastic bag or jar with lid


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About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination, and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.