Okra Clemson Spineless 80 Seed

This variety of okra is the Clemson Spineless Okra 80. It is earlier and more productive than the original 1939 All America Winner, Clemson Spineless. You don't have to live in the south to enjoy growing your own okra---it is easy to grow in most climates. Okra has so many uses! It is commonly known as the thickening agent in gumbo, but it can also be boiled, broiled, fried, roasted, steamed, canned, or pickled. The crunchy and tasty pods are high in Vitamin A and can be grown in almost any climate. Plants are 4'-5' tall. Related to the hollyhock, the beautiful flowers alone make it worth growing in your garden!

When to plant outside: Spring, 1-2 weeks after the average last frost when soil temperatures are at least 60 degrees or night temperatures are at least 55 degrees. Okra matures quickly, so wait until temperatures warm up to sow seed!

When to start inside: 4-6 weeks before the average last frost.

Special Sowing & Germination Instructions: Soak okra seeds in water for 24 hours. Buy new seed every year. Seed does not stay viable for long. (Note: If you live in a climate with cool springs, try using a Wall O' Water or similar protection just like you would with tomatoes on your young okra plants. The added warmth will benefit them.)

Harvesting: Okra is most tender when harvested at about 3" - 3½" long. Cut the thick stem with a sharp knife. The use of gloves is advised, as some people have an allergic reaction to the foliage. After initial harvest, removal of the lowest set of leaves will increase production. Harvest every day; if pods are allowed to mature, plant will stop producing.

Artist: Peggy Turchette