How to Grow Okra/Lady’s Finger in Container
Okra also called as Lady’s finger belongs to Hibiscus family. Very low in calories (25 to 40 kcal per 100g), okra is a vegetable rich in vitamins A, C and P, calcium and many minerals.
Location, Soil & Watering –
Like Tomatoes and Chillies, Okras are heat-loving plants, and are the most successfully grown in areas that have plenty of sun.
Okra grows well in very rich soil that’s packed with nutrients. You can enrich your soil using compost, bagged organic fertilizer.
Okra requires slightly moist soil. Okra needs regular and more watering from the beginning of the flowering period and until the end of production.
- Germinating the seeds
- Okra seeds need to be sowed directly and does not like to be transplanted
- Seedling: To speed up the germination process, you can soak the seeds overnight.
- Sow 2-3 okra seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep in each pot. Water with a sprayer and keep the seeds in a bright, warm place, the soil should remain moist until seeds germinate. The germination takes 5 to 10 days after sowing.
- Keep a distance of about 1 foot between the two okra plants
- When the plant is 3 inch tall, thin them out. Remove weak or smaller plants and leave the strong plants
- Add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil, to lock in moisture and block weeds.
- The okra pods will start to grow after about 8 weeks after planting. Okra pods can mature in just four days after flowering. Harvest the pods when they are 2 to 3 inches long.
- Using a scissors, cut the okra pods where their stems meet the branches of the plant. You will notice that another okra pod will emerge soon from the same spot where you made the cut.
- Pest Control
- Watch out for aphids and mealy bugs during the growing season. Check under the leaves for signs of infestations. Aphids are usually spread by ants. Control ants by sprinkling turmeric powder.
- Spray the okra plants with the soapy water. Make sure to shoot water at the undersides of leaves.
- Use neem oil, liquid soap and water spray. 10 ml neem oil for 1 liter of water