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Product Description:

30 days. A fascinating departure from traditional ribbed okra, Candle Fire pods boast a smooth, round profile and brilliant, true red color. The highly ornamental plants are vigorous, disease resistant and heavy yielders.
Soil Temp for Germ 70–90°F
Seed Depth ½"
Days to Emergence 7–15
Soil Temp for Transp 65°F
Plant Spacing 12–18"
Row Spacing 36"
Fertilizer Needs Medium
Minimum Germination 65%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 14–17
Seed Life 2 years

Abelmoschus esculentus No longer just for southern climates, our short-season okra varieties reward even cooler region gardeners with their unique fruit for gumbo, pickles, an alternative to peppers for rellenos, and Mediterranean and Indian dishes. Pretty enough to earn a place in your ornamental plantings, okra’s stunning blooms reveal its relationship to hibiscus.

Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.

• Okra is a heat loving crop that needs stable temperatures above 65°F for best results
• Raised beds covered with plastic mulch help improve yields
• Cover plants with row cover to protect from pests until plants begin to bloom
• Apply 2 cups of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost

Direct Sowing
• Soaking the seed in warm (110°F) water for 2 hours may help to soften the hard seed coat and hasten germination
• Space seed 4-6 inches apart, thin plants when they have two sets of true leaves

• Start indoors 3-5 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• See seed soaking directions above
• Incorporate 1/4 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea and cucumber beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Verticillium & Fusarium wilt, and various fungal diseases
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Pods should be picked when about 3 inches long, usually about 4-6 days after flowering
• Harvest regularly to keep plants producing
• Store at 45-50°F and 90-95% relative humidity

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