I am growing okra for the first time this year, and am not sure what to expect. Right now they are about 18 inches tall, rather sparsely leaved, and each plant is producing about 2 okra a week. I read that they can reach over four feet high. My question is, do they fruit in the same place/node again, or do they fruit higher up the stalk each time? They seem to be just one stem -- do they branch?
Thanks from a newbie okra grower.
Another question. I just bought a packet of seeds in the local supermarket here in Tokyo. (It might surprise you, but okra and also Molokheya are really popular in Japan. ) Japanese okra are not quite like the ones I was used to in the UK. They are long, very light and a bit papery. When you cut them they are hollow almost. The first ones off my plants are like that, too. So next year I want to try a different variety. I am looking for softer and meatier somehow, like the okra I bought in Caribbean and Indian markets in London. Can anyone advise me on a good variety?