Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Anorexic Okra?

Texas Hill Country (top) and Clemson Spineless #80 (bottom)
I don't know what's going on with my okra.  Both varieties are growing a little short but are cranking out fruit.  Last summer, in the same garden, I had to aggressively pick the Clemson okra because in a few days it would grow from 3" to 6" and become tough and inedible.  You all have dirty minds.

I've picked about a half dozen of both varieties this summer under that same aggressive picking philosophy, and haven't yet gotten an edible okra.  Look at what's inside........nothing but seeds and seed case - no meat at all!

Am I picking too early? Garden too dry? Nutrients wrong? What the heck is going on with my anorexic okra?


Anonymous said...

1.5 - 2.5 inches max for harvested pods. Keep plants very wet and warm; stink bugs insidious enemy for draining interior juices.

All-knowing one

Kirk Mantay said...

Yeah, I always pick the Clemsons under 3" and I heard that the Hill Country could go to 6", but they are so stout, who the hell would want an okra slice the size of a pickle slice?

I'm only watering 2-3x per week this summer (vs. 3-4x last summer), so that may be it. And then there's the stinkbugs, which are EVERYWHERE this year.

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