Okra pot size?

LoveTheDirtApril 22, 2012

I am growing Clemson spineless okra from seed. The seeds already came up and I want to keep them in containers. What would be a good pot size to grow the okra plants in? Also, what type of soil should be used for these okra plants?

This is my first Time growing okra so thank you.

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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I grew okra for the first time last year, so I'm no expert. But FWIW, I grew three emerald okra in a 15 gallon container in the 5-1-1 mix discussed in the container forum (5 parts pine bark fines, 1 part peat and 1 part perlite). They grew seven feet tall and the pot was filled with roots by the end of the season. So my guess is you would need a pot that holds at least 5 gallons for each plant. You also will probably need to stake them (I did) and find a way to keep the pot from being blown over in the wind. I grew them about the same way I grow peppers, with regular fertilizer and allowing them to dry out between waterings. They turned out pretty well and had few pest problems. Plus, the flowers are very pretty. You just have to remember to harvest each okra as soon as it gets 3-4 inches, or the plant will stop producing.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:22PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree you'll need as big a container as possible - like a half whiskey barrel or bigger - and stake or tie it somehow as okra will get very very tall.

As to what 'soil' to use? No soil. Soil-less mix only as with all containers.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:43PM
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I used huge, 30 gallon tubs. 2 plants per tub. They did quite well in this.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 10:31PM
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gardenman101(Z6 Spingfield, Ma)

I grew my clemson spineless in 5gal buckets sunk 1/3 into the ground. I used regular potting soil with some compost mixed in. I harvested quite a bit of okra with absolutely no problems what so ever. The plants got to be 4-5 feet tall. I wouldnt go less then 5gal, and you can get thebuckest pretty cheaply.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 10:11PM
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If you're not in a hot summer zone, use dark coloured containers. Okra likes warm soil.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:41PM
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