Star of David Okra

Abelmoschus esculentus

Grown by: Milkweed Farm in Brattleboro, VT

  • $4.00

Also known as Old Fashioned Okra, this heirloom is crunchy, sweet, and distinctly flavorful. It was introduced by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in 1987, and had been cared for by Caroll D. Gibbs since 1957. It is reported by many to be an Israeli heirloom. With vigorous tall plants reaching 7-8', it produces 5'' green pods that are short and thick. Cross-section of pods reveals a Star of David. Harvest when young and small. The germination rate (62%) is above the federal standards, but not quite as high as we'd like, so we have included 20 extra seeds per packet for your convenience.

Days to maturity: 70

Seeds per pack: 40 60

Planting / harvesting notes

Sow seeds of this heat-loving plant indoors 2-3 weeks before transplanting, which should happen several weeks after the last frost, or when soil temperatures stay above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak seeds overnight for quicker germination, and plant 3/4" deep. Space 18" in rows 12-18" apart. Beds should be at least 3' apart as plants tend to bush out widely. Okra likes fertile, well-drained soil with added compost.

Seed keeping notes

Okra is insect pollinated. Isolate different okra varieties by at least 1/8th of a mile (or up to 1/2 mile if you are truly concerned about seed purity) to avoid unwanted cross pollination. Allow pods to grow large and turn brown and woody (your neighbors may look at you funny). When you can hear the seeds rattle, harvest the pod and allow it to dry further on trays in the sun in a dry place. Remove seeds and use breath, wind, or fans to remove bits of chaff.

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