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Hi,

 

Would anyone like some okra seeds for free? I think this is the spineless green type? They are certainly highly productive. I'm not sure how long the shelf life is for these seeds but I have a lot of them now (and more pods drying on the plants) so if anyone is interested in growing okra next Spring, just let me know.

 

Here's a photo of the okra. Somebody gave me 5 seeds the previous summer. I have 20 plants growing in the backyard. They have very beautiful flowers and I notice they attract a lot of ladybeetles and bees, including a solitary blackish bee which I've never seen before.

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Gorgeous photo Joseph :-) I didn't know about all the bees the Okra attracts ... have not studied mine to that extent - too keen to cut the pods and use them ;-) Young pods are delightful thinly sliced raw or lightly fried either whole or cut lengthwise. I'm hoping that I can have Okra over winter if I can find some warm spots for the plants, we'll see. I've kept a pod from the red as well as the green Okra.

Thanks Elaine. Those pods I've left for seed were mostly ones which were overlooked that had become too woody to eat.

Last year I left the original 5 in the ground over winter. They were up against a rock wall with full sun for most of the day. I pruned about a third off the main stem to encourage side shoots. Even though they continued to flower, none of the fruit set. When Spring came, the fruiting ratio still very poor. My grandma told me that it's best to always plant new okra at the start of each growing season. I estimate I'd have harvested 500 okra between Oct last year and May/June. Unfortunately they don't freeze well at all.

Hope you have better luck than me.

Thank you for that Joseph ... I have nothing to lose by leaving one of each colour and just be prepared to re-plant come Spring. I've already harvested a mature seed pod from them so their end-of-life is probably approaching anyway. When I put the seeds for the winter crops down, I will include Okra and just see how it goes. I can imagine the slush the Okra would become on thawing! Yecch.
Eventually I didn't put any seed down so I'll never know.

Hi Joseph! I know I'm 3 months late, but if you still happen to have any seeds you don't want/need, I'd love some! I've never tried Okra but I've heard it's very good tasting and good for you!

 

Daniel.

Hi Daniel, I still have some seeds. I can pass them to you at the next local food meet.
Hi Joseph! That's fantastic, thanks so much! :-)

Hi Daniel

Whereabouts are you? I don't know when the next meet is so am happy to pass you the seeds if we're not on opposite sides of the pole, or Brisbane in this case! Bear in mind okra are summer plants so they can be planted from Oct.

Hi Joseph! That's very kind of you! I'm in Sunnybank but I'm frequently on the road so I can drive most places :-)

 

That's close by, I'm at Underwood.

Hello Joseph. If you still have Okra seeds I'd love some. I'm on the southside of Bris.
Thanks!

Jacqui 

Hi Jacqui, I still have plenty of okra seed. Are you going to the seedsaver's meeting at Donna's?

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