Okra is one of the most healthy and delicious vegetables. It is packed with vitamins and fibers. I really love to eat okra with beef or chicken, or you can fry them.
If you want to grow okra and worry about less space. So don’t worry about that; you can planting okra in pots or containers. In this article, I will explain to you How To Grow Okra In Containers. Follow these five steps to planting okra in containers.
How To Grow Okra In Containers 5 Steps Guide:
1: Best Time to Grow Okra plant
For the indoor best time to plant okra is 3-4 weeks before the last frost. You are sowing the seeds directly in the containers at the final location or in seed trays. In case of frost, use some protection against frost to save your okra plant.
Okra loves sunlight; you can also start seeds of okra in full summer.
Okra plants require at least 50 Fahrenheit to survive and about 70 – 85 Fahrenheit to grow fruits.
USDA Hardiness Zone:
They are grown as an annual in zones 2 to 11 USDA. Here is a full map of USDA Hardiness Zones.
2: Sow The Okra Seeds Indoor
To start sowing seeds indoors, choose good seeds variety (dwarf varieties) for containers, good soil, and a seedling starter tray or disposable glass.
Use your garden soil, or you can use good seed starter soil for this process.
If you want to use your garden soil, Here are some ingredients to make your own soil:
Take 50 percent coco peat and 50 percent organic compost.
If your garden soil is highly fertile, then use garden soil. Mix well all these ingredients in a container and fill it seedling starter tray or disposable glass. Sow the seeds nearly 1 to 2 inches deep. Sprinkle some water on it and place it under sunlight.
Your Seeds will germinate within a week. Keep the soil moisture level high and continuously place it under sunlight. When seedlings reach about 6 to 8 high, you can transplant them in a bigger container.
3: Sow The Okra Seeds Directly In Containers
You can directly sow the seeds in containers or pots. Either you can transplant your seedlings in the container.
Required Container Size:
You can grow okra in any container or pot that is a minimum of 10 inches in height. Or you can use 5-gallon buckets or bigger grow bags.
My recommendation is to “grow bags” because they are cheap and environment friendly.
Okra plants are hardy, and they require full sunlight. They can easily grow in any soil. When you are growing okra in containers or pots, you need good potting soil for healthier growth and a greater harvest. You can buy potting soil or can make it at home.
When your seedlings reach 5 to 6 tall, transplant them into a container.
Make a hole in container soil and transplant seedlings with the root ball. Try this process in the morning to save from transplant shock. Sprinkle some water and place it in sunlight.
Provide Some Space for Okra Plants :
Proper spacing will decrease the risk of disease and increased airflow around the plants. So Space them between 18 and 24 inches apart.
4: Care Of Okra Plant
Okra plants require at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight for better growth. So avoid placing them from walls shades of big trees.
Watering Okra Plant :
Always maintain the container soil’s moisture level. If you found the top 2-inches of soil is dry, water them with a watering can or a sprayer set of a shower.
Okra does best with about 1 to 1/2-inch of water per week. If you are in a hot area, you can use a drip irrigation system for okra plants.
Combine organic compost and manure in the container’s soil. Okra will grow in many types of soil, so mulch and fertilize as needed. In containers, you can use organic liquid fertilizer for okra plants.
Mulch the top of the container soil; it reduces the water evaporation process.
Fortunately, okra does not have pests or disease issues. If aphids and other pests attack them, there is no necessity to apply pesticides; remove them by hand. Fusarium Wilt can attack your okra plants. But it is not a big problem; you can control them by removing the affected part.
Support for Extra Tall Okra Plants :
Okra plants need support if they begin to lean over. Mature plants can grow very tall – more than six feet in some varieties.
After 50 to 60 days, okra plants will be ready to harvest. For harvesting use shears.
During the growing season, okra plants produce multiple harvests. You can harvest the okra fruits when they reach 2 to 3 inches long. Use gardening gloves during harvesting because some okra varieties contain tiny spines. These spines can affect the skin. Please don’t wait for too long, or fruits will be too hard; it is not good at eating. Okra fruits can store in a refrigerator.