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30 days. A fascinating departure from traditional ribbed okra, Candle Fire pods boast a smooth, round profile and brilliant, true red color. Its extra early maturity means guaranteed harvest of the succulent fruit even in northern gardens, where homemade gumbo with fresh-picked okra is on the menu! The highly ornamental plants are vigorous, disease resistant and heavy yielders.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Richard W.
Great production compact plants with branching

Candle Fire Okra F1 was planted from seed directly into the garden soil in Early May here in Zone 7 NW, MS planted 2-3 seeds in the ground very close together 4 ft. apart. in the row. Thinned to one plant after 4-5 inches of growth by cutting the less dominate plants to the ground with a scissor, leaving one plant, 4 ft apart in the row. Fertilized before planting the seed with a bit of 10-10-10 fertilizer and some Dolomitic lime, and about 4-5 weeks later with 10-10-10. Great production. Starting in Mid - July and tremendous production now into August 2023. Hot upper 90's close to 100 here in late July, early August. Adecuate rain here until recently , had to water once, just recently. Did water the planted seeds ealier directly above them with a watering can where they were planted several times each week before they germinated to insure they would. Have 5 plants and giving away okra to friends now in August, this would be a good one to sell at Farmers Markets, tender cooks to green, pick at 5-6 inches, for best tenderness.

Used in Southwest Missouri

This okra is fantastic. I have eaten it raw, right off of the plant. The pods are still edible even if they get a bit long and past the edible "best date". Not as susceptible to breaking down like some of the green okra when heated.

Linda B.
Red okra performs well in Portland, OR

So glad to find this okra that works in our climate. Summer of 2021 the okra performed wonderfully in Portland, OR. Tasty and still producing in mid September. Unfortunately, the leaves are favorite of the elk!

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 ethnic 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 increase warmth and 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 in 3 or 4" pots
• See seed soaking directions above
• Incorporate 1/4 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant
• Transplant carefully to avoid transplant shock

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: 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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