½ to 1 in
3 to 4 in
Our grower received this okra from a man named Mercer, who had received it from his grandfather in the late 1960's. This okra is said to be passed down from some of the original Tennessee homesteaders and grown for generations. Pick at finger-length for superb pickles, or slice the ribbed pods and fry. Plants grow to 6-7 feet tall and are drought tolerant.
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Soaking seeds for 24 hours before planting greatly improved germination. Direct-seed when soil is warm (2 weeks after last frost date). Or, start in containers 2-4 weeks before setting out. Plants thrive in rich, moist soil in full sun, but often do surprisingly well in drier or poorer soils. Harvest the pods daily during hot weather, as they grow very quickly past the stage of prime eating.
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