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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/3/2012, 7:27 am

I planted my okra on a whim. I figured why not? It's been an unusually hot summer, so I gave it a shot. I planted my seeds outdoors, and put buckets with the bottoms cut off over the plants to protect them and keep a bit warmer during the nights. To my surprise, the seeds sprouted within a week.
My plants are no more than 15 inches tall or so and look really good. I had kind of given up hope though of getting any okra off of them seeing as how small the plants are. I've always heard okra plants are huge and bushy. Mine are neither, so I guessed I probably planted to late to get any crops from them, but yesterday as I was watering I got a little surprise Very Happy




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I'll be interested to see how much bigger the plants will get, and how much okra I'll get before our weather turns. I've got 5 plants.

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Post  camprn on 8/3/2012, 9:06 am

Impressive. Mine are still only about 8 inches tall. Way to go Rooster! alrighta

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Post  Turan on 8/3/2012, 12:55 pm

Congrats! cheers

We have gotten like 5 pods so far from our little plants. They amaze me how determined they are to produce though, even the broken one tried.

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Re: Western Mountains and High Plains: I Got Okra!

Post  cheyannarach on 8/3/2012, 2:30 pm

YAY! Congats, I love stumbling on suprises like that in the garden!
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Very impressed!

Post  saffron303 on 8/9/2012, 5:56 pm

I'm originally from Texas where the growing season never really ends and you're right, the okra there gets huge. After living in CO for 20 years, I had resigned to never growing it here since the season was so short; but you (coupled with some impending climate change) are giving me hope! ;-)
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Post  cheyannarach on 8/10/2012, 6:00 pm

Here's to trying Saffron!
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Re: Western Mountains and High Plains: I Got Okra!

Post  camprn on 8/10/2012, 9:23 pm

my okra is still only 8 inches tall... must be a dwarf. What a Face

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Post  cheyannarach on 8/10/2012, 10:25 pm

@camprn wrote: my okra is still only 8 inches tall... must be a dwarf. What a Face

That's impressive, not everyone can grow a dwarf! Razz
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/11/2012, 12:24 am

Doh!

Well, if it makes you feel any better, my brother was just up from Texas. I showed him my okra plants. He looked at them and said "Really? That's okra? Hmm, never seen it that small." Razz Shocked Razz

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Post  Turan on 8/11/2012, 12:48 am

Who knows, next we might all get the daft idea of growing bananas in our northern gardens Laughing

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Post  memart1 on 8/11/2012, 8:53 am

Glad to hear about people's success with okra. Here is a story about bananas.
My brother in Orlando Florida was given a pre-fab garden shed. He decided to cut down a small banana tree in the corner of his yard and pour a concrete slab to put the shed on. His wife was against his doing that because she had finally gotten some bananas the previous year and was looking forward to more. But Bob won the disagreement and chopped down the banana tree, poured a slab, and put up the shed. A few years later I was visiting, and she showed me how the roots had reached out beyond the slab, and had grown a tree alongside the shed and was now producing bananas again!! Sometimes plants have a mind of their own. thinking
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Post  cheyannarach on 8/11/2012, 10:40 am

HAha, so in the end the wife still won! Good story!
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Post  littlejo on 8/11/2012, 2:13 pm

My mother-inlaw is from Jamaca and I had a neighbor had a banana tree that wouldn't put on more bananas. She just laughed. She said in Jamaca, in order to harvest the bananas, they just cut down the tree. Supposedly, a banana tree will not put on more bananas , must have new growth, which a banana tree will re-grow and put on more bananas.
I didn't know they would grow under cement tho!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/11/2012, 3:04 pm

The okra is starting to grow rather quickly at this point.

And most of the plants are really starting to get lots of little okra on them Cool Hopefully, our nice warm growing weather will last another 30-40 days so I can get some decent harvests from the okra plants tongue

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Post  Turan on 8/11/2012, 3:42 pm

Wow, that is impressive!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/28/2012, 8:32 pm

Now I really do have okra!!
We've had some really hot weather again and my okra seems to be taking off. I picked my first one today and hopefully soon they will really start coming. It was delicious Very Happy




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Post  Turan on 8/28/2012, 8:49 pm

Wonderful Laughing

Mine has stopped blooming and is just sitting there.

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cheers HOORAY!
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 8/30/2012, 6:06 pm

@RoOsTeR wrote:Now I really do have okra!!
We've had some really hot weather again and my okra seems to be taking off. I picked my first one today and hopefully soon they will really start coming. It was delicious Very Happy
Until this year I didn't know an Okra plant from an Artichoke plant. Now both plants are growing in our garden. and I've REALLY got Okra, too!

Ten of our 11 plants (all started from seeds) are in our new raised bed "SFG" planter, but only five of them are growing in MM.


The plants range in height from 4' to 6'. Some of them have stalks close to 2 inches in diameter. Shocked

The pods (when harvested) range from 4" to 8". I've been harvesting pods for nearly a month!
Now I'm learning to enjoy eating okra, too.
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Post  southern gardener on 8/30/2012, 7:43 pm

what's a good way to cook it for people who don't really like it? We tried grilling it a couple of years ago........it turned out like broom bristles! LOL! So, I know one way NOT to cook it! Razz Razz
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/30/2012, 8:23 pm

I love it raw. It's excellent right off the plant, however many folks are turned off by the slimyness. Pickled, or fried is always good and of course there is always gumbo.

Wow! Your okra looks great WP


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Post  southern gardener on 8/31/2012, 12:15 am

@RoOsTeR wrote:I love it raw. It's excellent right off the plant, however many folks are turned off by the slimyness. Pickled, or fried is always good and if course there is always gumbo.

Wow! Your okra looks great WP

Raw? wow, never even thought of that one. Thanks for the info
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Post  RoOsTeR on 9/7/2012, 11:57 am

My okra is going gangbusters and I'm finally getting some very nice blooms. I was told once you start getting okra, it'll really start producing and so far that's proven true.



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Post  efirvin on 9/7/2012, 8:36 pm

Okra growing in the mountain west region?! Wow! That is amazing. I have tried growing okra here in Casper but without success. Congrats to everyone who tries and everyone who is successful!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/12/2013, 9:43 pm

Anyone else in Mountain and High Plains region growing okra this season?
Mine hasn't done as well this year. I just don't think we've had enough heat to really get it going. My plants are probably less than a foot tall but they are starting to produce okra! Very Happy 


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