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Okra problems

Posted by rockguy 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 24, 10 at 19:10

I had a problem with my okra, clemson spineless. The pods got small bumps on them. Last year was the worst, but I had it previous years later in the season. A bump or two isn't gonna make me throw it out but some were covered. The tips of the pods got a bad curl to them also. Somebody give me a clue how to stop this before it starts this year. Thanks.


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RE: Okra problems

An infestation of the famed leaf footed bug will do it for me. About the only insect that bothers my okra.


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RE: Okra problems

There are also a few types of aphids that will feed on okra and cause bumps and curling. Ladybugs usually take care of these for me, but if the plants are heavily infested, I spray with neem. You can spray neem as a preventive that is pretty good at stopping problems before they start.

DarJones


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Thrips can also cause this damage...especially if you notice scars on the pods, too.


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That's the problem, I could never catch anything doing the damage. Didn't see any aphids, my first suspect. I don't want to spray the pods with anything. I might try spraying the plant, just not the part I will eat.


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that is why I suggested using Neem. It is pretty much harmless and acts more as a repellent than as an insecticide.

DarJones


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Most of the damage done causing curling and knotting on the pods involve insects attacking the flower or flower parts pre-podding, fwiw.


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Aha! So I need to spray before blooming starts and at intervals. It's just so strange, Grown okra for a lot of years at several different places and not had this problem before. I always think of okra as bulletproof.


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