Okra in Containers

meta4's picture

I picked up a packet of dwarf okra at a seed exchange several months ago and decided to try growing it in four roughly 24" containers, one per container. The seedlings are pretty much ready to go. I'm hoping to use some smallish tomato-style trees for plant support. If we're successful our plan is to pickle them.

Anyone have any tips for growing okra? Colorado isn't really ideal but I've got a good southern exposure and plan on keeping them on a concrete patio so the residual heat will hopefully keep them warm enough. I've no idea what kind of yield to expect.

Sweet Tatorman's picture

As you already know, okra is a hot weather plant. Your success will depend in part upon your particular local climate. The further downslope from the front range the better; near Kansas border would be good. For yield I can tell you my experience but I have a different climate and grow a different variety so my experience will be of limited applicability other than setting an upper bound on your expectations. I am in Georgia which is a very okra friendly climate and grow Clemson spineless which is a very productive variety. I typically plant 40' of row at 1' spacing so about 40 plants. During the most productive month in late Summer I will get about a pound or so of pods each day and lesser amounts earlier and later. Picked pods don't keep for long periods. I can only stockpile for 4 or 5 days before I have to use them or toss them. With only four plants it is not likely you will amass sufficient to justify the effort of canning. I suggest just using the fresh in salads.
Those are pretty large containers you have. Assuming they are a foot or more deep you should consider more than one per pot. Since your seed is a dwarf variety you my wish to go with 4 plants per pot. Normally a healthy okra plant does not require any support. The Clemson spineless variety I grow is typically up to 8' tall at the end of the season. I typically use a chainsaw to cut them down when they are done for the season.

Blueberry's picture

Clemson Spineless is my go to for okra. But I also plant Cajun Delight from time to time. CD will produce okra in a much shorter time frame does not have the yield of Clemson. Know some folks who live in Maine who get a corp growing CD. They start the plants in pots in a small green house and then transplant.

meta4's picture

A couple of hail storms took out much of the garden this year, including the okra which was still rather small. Oh well, they were probably not going to do well here anyway. If I ever get a greenhouse I'll revisit growing okra.

ClareBroommaker's picture

That's too bad about the hail. I guess this is one of few years when we did not get some hail in spring. The garden here looks all torn up after hail, but by early summer I can't even tell the difference. This is a good area for okra growing, too. My standard, like others above is Clemson Spineless. I dislike it myself (except the pickled okra my sister introduced me to), but I like to grow it for others.

All in all this is the worst garden year I've had other than the years my garden was severely vandalized. For me it was too much rain keeping me from planting until really late.