Southern gardeners have known a secret for years that their northern counterparts are only just beginning to pick up on; okra is an incredibly delicious, versatile vegetable. And, growing okras is a cinch, provided you have warm enough weather. This semi-tropical plant hails from Africa and is a member of the hibiscus family, which is why okra flowers are so stunningly beautiful. Okra was brought to North America in the 1600s, and it has been a staple of southern cooking ever since.
However, you don’t need to limit your okra dreams to where it grows traditionally. The truth is that okra can grow any place you can plant corn. As long as you go out of your way to ensure you meet its needs for a warm, sunny environment. Growing okra is far easier than you probably expect, and this guide will start you towards producing your own tasty crop.
Start Growing Okras
You’ll have to decide how to plant your okra depending on the climate conditions in your region. If you have long, hot summers, you can easily direct sow your seeds, but if your summers tend to be shorter it’s a better idea to get a head start with transplants.