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Abelmoschus esculentus

Recognize that beautiful flower? It’s gumbo i.e., okra.   Okra may be an acquired taste, but once acquired, there is nothing like okra.  Nutritionally, okra is a good source of vitamins B and C, magnesium and fiber.   Direct seed okra in a sunny garden on Mother’s Day. Later, thin to 12" between plants. Okra can grow 5' tall, so give it room. When plants are 24" tall, pinch off the growing points to increase productivity. It is a heavy nitrogen feeder and needs a side dressing of fertilizer at least once during the growing season.  Be sure to water during dry periods.   Okra plants produce well into fall, guaranteeing a plentiful supply of okra for jambalaya, pickled okra, and fried okra.  Learn more at the vegetable profile for Okra



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