Okra and other vegetables in container

srilunewgardenerJanuary 27, 2009


I am planning to grow okra in container. What size container do I need and how many plants can I have per container. Also, how many plants do I need to have to get enough okra for a family of 3?

I have a shady, east facing balcony. I hardly get 2 hrs of direct sun each day. What other vegetables can I grow in my balcony.



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I like to use fabric gardening containers. They work really well with all types of vegetables and herbs, especially if you are growing them on your balcony.

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Here is a link that might be useful: Gardening Containers

    Bookmark   January 27, 2009 at 5:19PM
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jll0306(9/ Sunset 18/High Desert)

Srilu, I grew clemson spineless okra in 5 gallon pots last year, but it didn't really start to produce until I put it in direct sun against a south wall. I don't know how they will do on your balcony. They are some of the most heat-loving plants around. Perhaps you could arrange to grow some plants in pots in the parking lot of your building, or where you work?

Although there may be dwarf okra that you could grow in three gallon pots, I would not put more than one plant in a 3 or 5 gallon container and would have at least two plants per okra eater. Don't let the pods get over 3 or 4 inches before you harvest them or they will be woody and tough.

Good luck,

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 10:07PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

I agree about the shade, okra is a heat/sun loving plant, not going to do well with only 2 hours of direct sun. I'm in Florida and can grow it as a perennial, although it does slow down production from November through March. I've got three dwarf Baby Bubba plants in each 7 gallon container x 4 containers, that's enough to feed 2-3 people during the spring and summer. I honestly don't think you will do well though unless you can find a sunnier spot.


    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 12:06PM
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Thank you for the replies. Looks like okra will not do well in my balcony. Can you suggest any other vegetables I can grow other than leaves like
spinach, lettuce etc.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 4:55PM
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