Okra, Perkins Long Pod

 Okra, Perkins Long Pod

Heirloom. Organic. An old favorite in the South this heirloom okra is vigorous growing 5' tall.  Perkins Long pod produces a bright green pod, that is 8" long.  These pods are tender and mouth watering.  Perkins in the perfect type of okra for canning and in gumbos.  Very Productive. Okra is a beautiful plant that produces exquisite blossoms and long, slender delicious pods. Harvest pods when they are about two inches long; the larger pods become fibrous and woody. The varieties below produce extremely well in hot and dry weather though it is important to keep them well watered. Okra is definitely a warm weather vegetable that is susceptible to frost damage. Okra is believed to have originated in Africa and it is closely related to the hibiscus plant .

Planting Perkins Long Pod Okra

While starting seeds of the Perkins Long Pod Okra is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful. Sow Perkins Long Pod Okra seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or start in containers several weeks before transplanting into soil. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position. 

Height: 3-6 feet tall Days to harvest—49 to 56 Days

Spacing: 12-18" inches Depth: 1  inch Germination: 15-20 days

Starting from Seed Indoors

Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 2- 3 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. Another way to figure is to plan on setting out sturdy seedlings in the garden when night temperatures stay in the mid-50 degree range both day and night. Count back and sow seeds 2 to 3 weeks before that date normally arrives. Place a few seeds (5 to 10) into each pot and push them into the soil with your finger. Cover the seeds to a depth of approximately 1 inches of the potting mix. Mist each  pot with water until the soil appears moist. Place the pots in an area which will provide both light (which is required for germination) and heat, preferably about 65 to 70 degrees F and at least 8 hours of light each day. Check on the seeds every day and keep the seeds damp but not drenched by misting with your plant mister. You should see sprouting in about 15 to 20 days. Once your seedlings have reached about 4 to 6 inches in height, choose an area in your garden to transfer them. You can also use containers like barrels or clay pots. Dig holes twice the width and depth of each of your pots. Fill up each hole with water then let it drain off. Place a pot in the hole center and level so that your seedling is at the same level as the surrounding soil. Push dirt in carefully all the way to fill the hole back up. Water each seedling carefully so as not to soak the leaves or stem.

Direct-seeding into the Garden

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1 inches of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 12  inches in rows approximately 12-18 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for Perkins Long Pod Okra plants is approximately 15 to 20 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   Some gardeners like to plant Okra in hills (just remember to plant at least 1 inch deep).

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.

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