I’m doing some container gardening this year and am going to start playing with okra. I love okra. But it’s difficult to grow in the Northwest. It originated in Africa and likes lots of heat and humidity – so not a good fit for the Great Pacific Northwet. But, as an experiment I’m going to try three varieties this year.
The Clemson spineless is probably the most popular in the PNW, so I will attempt to grow it, hoping for a more reliable yield than the other experiments.
Perkin’s Long Pod Okra is a long shot. In more friendly climes it will grow to six feet in height and produce tender pods up to six inches long. Interestingly, this variety was developed by a commercial farmer in New Jersey. We’ll see what it can do in the PNW with some TLC.
I don’t imagine the big plants will work easily in a container, so I have some ideas about how to stabilize them. Open to any suggestions.
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