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Which variety of Okra?

Posted by robert2014 5B Central IL (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 7, 14 at 22:48

I just harvested my radish and now I have room to grow one row (12 feet long) of okra. I have burgundy okra and dwarf green long pod okra seeds. I have never grown these varieties before. i am looking for suggestions about which one to grow. I am mainly looking for good yield. Last year I grew clemson spineless and it produced well for us. But I dont have any more seeds of it and I thought it would be better to use the seeds that I have rather than waste them and buy new ones. So what do you suggest?

Also is it too late for okra now?


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

dwarf green long pod is the better okra for eating. Burgundy is aesthetically pleasing and can be eaten as well. Figure out which you want from that.


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

Concur; Red Burgundy is pretty and pretty good flavor, but yields are low compared to other varieties,


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

Plant some of both and then next year you will know which is better.


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

Plant some of both and then next year you will know which is better.

Agree. In a 12' row you have room for both. Personally I think there are better varieties than either of those but since you have the seed, plant both and make up your own mind which you prefer.

Dave


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

No, it's not too late to plant okra.


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

Thanks all for your replies. I will plant both varieties.

I googled the dwarf green long pod variety and read that it is suitable for container. Does that mean it will do poorly in ground?
From the responses above, I am concluding that the dwarf green will yield more than the burgundy. Is that a correct conclusion?

Thanks.


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

No "suitable for container" does not mean it can't do well in the ground. It will likely do better in ground. Yes, there is a greater yield from the green than the red IME. As farmerdill said above, the red is a low-yield variety primarily grown for its appearance.

Dave


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RE: Which variety of Okra?

In my experience, red burgundy is high yielding (lots of side branches on the plant if you give it enough room) but I live in the South and maybe all okra does really well here. The nice thing about red burgundy is that the pods remain tender even when you pick them when they are quite long. I'm a big fan of this variety.

- Anne


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