What are the pros? Easy, beautiful, delicious
What are the cons? none
Started these indoors, high germination rate, transplanted out in late May. By late June they started producing tasty pods, which by August I couldn't keep up with! We had a very hot dry summer but the plants just soaked it up. These are worth growing as ornamentals alone: red-green foliage, beautiful yellow-white blooms with red throats, dramatic red pods that grow to 8-9" (pick them under 4" to eat.) They'd probably keep producing until frost, but I've pulled them with many mature pods to dry for flower arrangements.
Two notes: the seedlings will get what looks like insect eggs on the undersides of the leaves, tiny round clear balls. Don't worry, they are not future pests, but sap the plant produces. Also, the pods lose color when you cook them, and turn green, but if you want okra to pickle, another variety might be better, as these become a pale muddy color in the pickling juice. Still tasty tho!
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