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Post  sanderson on 2/23/2015, 9:52 pm

I will be planting 6 squares this summer. I noticed towards the end of fall that there were new stems, flowers and okra growing where the lower stems fell off as it grew taller. If I topped it a couple months before winter, will that force the side fruits to develop before first frost?

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Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/23/2015, 10:37 pm

okra are a hot weather plant and thrive in the summer heat when most every thing else burn up.  we plant 1 per ft and 40 will provide all we need for freezing and canning and we eat alot of okra.  They will grow and bare till the first frost.  We usually get all we need and pull them up shake them off and till any excess roots back into the bed they just add to the compost of our soil.By leaving 2 lower branches that happen to point the way you want them to and trimming other branches away you will get 3 main stalks on one root system and make plenty.  trim all other branches below the last fruit they will grow tall and strong and bare all the more.
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Post  sanderson on 2/24/2015, 1:40 am

Thanks Cappy, The lower leaf branches fell off as the plants grew. Are you saying to choose 2 of the new buds at the nodes and keep picking off the others?

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Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/24/2015, 10:58 am

Here is a small growing okra plant in our garden.

You can see here that we left 1 leaf at the bottom of the plant growing out towards the outside of the box and trimmed off any other leaves growing below the okra pods.  This leaf will grow to be a whole other okra bearing stalk on the same root system.


They will get over 8 feet tall and turn into a jungle if you let them.
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Post  sanderson on 2/24/2015, 11:48 am

Thanks

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/24/2015, 8:30 pm

Yes, they will...I put 2/sq last year & they did fine.
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