Grafting okra?

greentiger87March 16, 2014

Has anyone every tried or heard of grafting okra? There's a hibiscus species called Hibiscus acetosella (cranberry hibiscus) that is supposedly resistant to root knot nematodes. I got the crazy idea to graft okra onto it. All parts of the rootstock are edible, so there's no issue there.

I'm going to try it this year, even if it ends up being too late to get a serious crop. Just wanted to see if there was a precedent.

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Though it probably can be done, sourcing enough cheap seed to grow root stock might be a bit hard.

I can't imagine anyone has done any okra grafting commercially given it's low value and how thickly it's planted in stands. It would be a lot of work and require a good bit of space to establish the rootstock + seedlings + aftercare of the grafts.

I imagine it's been done in research to test various disease and chemical/nutrient tolerances, though.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 10:09PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

If RKN is your problem then rather than the complex and expensive attempt at grafting okra, it would be easier and much less expensive to just fix the RKN problem itself.


    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 11:30AM
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I'm buying stock in okra. I saw in my grocery store they're selling the okra crisp veggie snacks for $15/lb. : )

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 7:43PM
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I know it's not commercially viable.. makes much more sense to fumigate. I was wondering if it had been done at the level of the home gardener, though.

As for solving the RKN problem, that's a lot easier said than done for the home gardener, who can't fumigate. The various control options make sense for things like tomatoes, peppers, etc... but for okra, the tolerance level is just incredibly low. I can still get a usable crop, but nothing even close to what I can get in areas that aren't RKN infested. I also like to grow okra in my front yard as an edible ornamental, which precludes some of cultural controls for RKN.

Since I only grow 4 or 5 plants a year, grafting wouldn't be impractical.

I'll post back here if it ends up working.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 11:57PM
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