65 days. This okra has been in Melba Beasley’s family for seven generations. It can be traced back to her grandmother, Edna, a Cherokee gardener who passed seed along to her descendants. Melba writes: “Grandma really wanted us to remember our heritage in numerous things she passed on to us. This seed was really important to her.” This variety makes very large plants, spreading several feet wide and eight feet high, and Melba recommends a step ladder to pick them!