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Post  Pepper on 5/5/2012, 10:59 pm

Just got some transplants. I really am interested in the 'pickeling' recipe has anyone found a good one yet. I ilke okra any way it is fixed; even slimy, or snoty Laughing, pickled is supurb.
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Post  camprn on 5/6/2012, 7:34 am

I planted seeds a month ago and got nothing... I think it was lack of heat for germination, but I do not really know. I am trying again but not holding much hope for it as I have no heat mat. Good luck in the North Turan!

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Post  camprn on 5/6/2012, 7:35 am

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@shannon1 wrote:Not a big fan of the pods, slimy, but loved the plant I grew last year for friends and fam. Then some one told me about makeing okra chips in a dehydrater sounded like a good idea but the okra was done by then.

Hey y'all! I'm new to the forum & I'm a southern girl. Slimy okra is overcooked okra. Heat your water or broth to a boil (only about 1 inch of liquid). Add okra & sea salt with fresh ground pepper & turn heat down to medium. Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes - remove from heat - cover & let sit for a few minutes before serving. Won't be a "slime" in sight!
Good to know, thanks for the tip!! Very Happy

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 5/6/2012, 10:19 am

Many years ago, when I first moved to Texas, a wonderful old-time cook told me to add a tablespoon of vinegar to okra when braising it to eliminate the 'slime'. In a gumbo, the tiny touch of vinegar gives the whole dish a boost.
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Post  Turan on 5/6/2012, 1:01 pm

@camprn wrote:I planted seeds a month ago and got nothing... I think it was lack of heat for germination, but I do not really know. I am trying again but not holding much hope for it as I have no heat mat. Good luck in the North Turan!

Thanks, camprn, I am going to need all the luck I can get. Last time I tried they stopped growing at 2 leaves, so this is progress....
I also did not get sprouting untill I got a heat mat. They sure seem to be heat loving things. Welll..... we are pushing the envelope.
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Post  camprn on 5/10/2012, 5:13 pm

I have finally a few okra sprouts, I just let the seeds sit in water for 5 days... fingers crossed they do something besides die. Shocked

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Post  littlejo on 5/10/2012, 11:36 pm

I didn't want to wait for the okra to germinate. Looked online and 1 site(didn't save url) said to soak seed in bleach for about 5 minutes, rinse, then plant. I put the seed in the bleach, then got worried and rinsed off real quick. Planted the seed on Sat. and they were up out the ground on Monday am!!

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 6/8/2012, 12:14 am

After reading this post, and getting hungry for fresh okra, I bought and planted some seeds, of which 12 germinated. Western Oregon is not conducive to okra raising, but I reasoned: the greenhouse isn't full of plants during the "hottest" part of summer, could it raise okra? Thanks to idea posted on this forum, I bought 3 concrete mixing tubs, drilled drainage holes in bottoms, filled with Mel's Mix, and have planted tender melons and 8 okra sprouts. A week later, all are doing well. Yes, I know I'm in for an interesting time of trellising these plants, due to space considerations, but so far, so good. Wish me luck, and keep those recipes coming.
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Post  Turan on 6/17/2012, 2:13 am

Here is a picture of my okra in a wall o water. It is still growing after transplanting, a step further than i ever got before. Laughing

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Here is the one that snapped and I splinted. It finished snapping when i was planting it. So I stuck it int he ground anywyas. It does not look good but that is a new baby leaf it has made.
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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/17/2012, 10:26 am

You broke it! Shocked I bought okra seed on a whim yesterday. I figured what the heck, it's been really warm and the seeds where cheap...guess we'll see Very Happy

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Post  camprn on 6/17/2012, 10:28 am

I'm going to transplant my wee 2" okra plants today. Rooster, I had better success with sprouting the okra seed in a dish of water then planting vs. sowing seed into soil straight out of the package.

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@camprn wrote:I'm going to transplant my wee 2" okra plants today. Rooster, I had better success with sprouting the okra seed in a dish of water then planting vs. sowing seed into soil straight out of the package.

Really? The seed pack does say 14-21 days for germination Shocked
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Post  camprn on 6/17/2012, 10:37 am

@RoOsTeR wrote:
@camprn wrote:I'm going to transplant my wee 2" okra plants today. Rooster, I had better success with sprouting the okra seed in a dish of water then planting vs. sowing seed into soil straight out of the package.

Really? The seed pack does say 14-21 days for germination Shocked
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An acquaintance in Dallas has said his okra is doing terrible this year. He's said only two have come up...
I just put the seed in a shallow plastic container, a little bit of water and put it in a warm place and I think it only took about 3-5 days before I saw sprouts. Same as growing edible sprouts. Wink Then I planted the sprouted ones.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/17/2012, 10:40 am

@camprn wrote:
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@camprn wrote:I'm going to transplant my wee 2" okra plants today. Rooster, I had better success with sprouting the okra seed in a dish of water then planting vs. sowing seed into soil straight out of the package.

Really? The seed pack does say 14-21 days for germination Shocked
Details on how you started them Very Happy

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I just put the seed in a shallow plastic container, a little bit of water and put it in a warm place and I think it only took about 3-5 days before I saw sprouts. Same as growing edible sprouts. Wink Then I planted the sprouted ones.

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Post  Coelli on 6/17/2012, 2:13 pm

I recently sprouted Clemson Spineless Okra and I kid you not, it sprouted in 2 days. I soaked the seeds for about 2 hours in water with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide, then stuck them in seed starting mix in 2 newspaper pots on a seedling mat indoors. My notes say they were put in the pots on the 10th and started emerging on the 12th.

As soon as I saw them emerging I put them, pots and all, in the garden. They've continued to come up, 1 is now working on its first true leaves and the other is having trouble shedding its seed cover. It's been very warm here and they get about 10 hours a day of full sun.

I'm looking forward to it - I think I'll order some burgundy okra from Baker Creek too!
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Post  Turan on 6/17/2012, 3:15 pm

I started mine in 2" soilblocks and put them on my heat mat. They sprouted in a few days, faster than a week I think. 2" was too small for them though. The 4" soil blocks I constructed did not do well. Next time I think I will sprout them and then plant direct into the QB patented air pruning Solo cup system Very Happy

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 6/17/2012, 8:27 pm

So excited to see other 'northerners' planting okra. My 8 plants (4 Emerald, 4 Zeebest) are planted up in two concrete mixing tubs (along with some Asian melons) in the greenhouse. We removed all the 3' high "benches" and put the tubs on the floor. Black tubs, or extraordinary heat generated by greenhouse apparently encouraged the okra plants to grow quite well. Interesting experiment, to compare with the same plants planted in a bale bed outside, with hoop house over it. Will try to keep y'all updated. Ain't this fun?
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Post  Turan on 7/11/2012, 1:19 pm

I got a POD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and more flowers coming Laughing

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I am planning to pickle them.

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Post  elliephant on 7/11/2012, 2:47 pm

I sure wish I could pass some okra up north to y'all. I'm getting more than I can handle and the plants are just starting to branch, increasing the yield like crazy. Planting less next year. Laughing
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 7/18/2012, 10:18 am

Our Okra is in the "making"!
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Post  camprn on 7/18/2012, 10:28 am

OH! How lovely! mine are still only 6 inches tall.... I wonder what the hold up is.... thinking

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Post  Turan on 7/18/2012, 11:29 am

Mine are only about a foot tall, not even over the edge of the wall o waters yet. They are blooming and making a few pods but this is pretty meager stuff. I suspect they would like me to keep the green house closed but then the tomatoes would stop fruiting from heat stroke.

O Southerners, is okra a crop that really starts going when it is too hot for tomatoes and beans and such?

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Post  littlejo on 7/18/2012, 12:35 pm

yes, Okra likes it hot! And not too much water either. You can put black plastic down to really heat up the soil. Tomatoes will be wilting and the okra will be going strong!
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Post  plantoid on 7/18/2012, 7:54 pm

Nanook of the north asks what sort of night temps do you get over the okra season ...he asks .....cos he's nosey Laughing Laughing
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Post  elliephant on 7/18/2012, 8:10 pm

Our usual nighttime temps during the summer are 75-77 degrees.
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