Okra question - veggie newbie

junglegal(10a)October 4, 2009

Hi all,

I am growing a variety of okra that I love called Stewart zee best. I know okra is a heat lover. Will the shrub go dormant or die during the winter? I just planted it in the ground because it quickly outgrew the 10 gal pot it was in.

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wally_1936(8b)

Depends on our weather, but Yes. Hope you have plenty seed left for next year.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 12:04PM
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junglegal(10a)

Wally,
Thank you so much for replying but it depends on the weather if it lives or dies? Sorry, I'm confused with the answer.
Can I cut it back & will it live multiple growing seasons?
I do not get very cold here long term in St. Pete.

I have no other seed. I was hoping I could collect it from some of the fruits as it's still producing a bounty for me weekly. Is the seed not viable? Forgive all my questions. I grow tropicals and only recently got bitten with the edibles bug. Excuse the pun LOL

JG

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 12:53PM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

FWIW, I think we've plenty of warm weather left - @ least until December. As long as it's getting enough sun, I think it'll be OK. I notice Wally's in TX - not the same as here - seed starting dates for Central & S FL are basically Mar.-Sep (see table 3 in link below)....

I have a couple of varieties of okra just starting to produce right now - & they're doing MUCH better than the crop I tried planting earlier in the year.

I've never heard of Stewart - & you say it's a shrub?

Here is a link that might be useful: FL veggie gardening guide @ UF/IFAS

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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

OK - looked it up & the proper name is "Stewart's Zeebest", according to another thread on Gardenweb's vegetable forum. Lots of branches, so I guess 'shrub' would describe it.

Sounds like a great variety to try = )

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 1:13PM
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junglegal(10a)

Thank you Carol :)

Will the original plant die or will it live for another season if we have a mild winter?

It's sooo tasty and I should have plenty of seed should anyone want to try next year! I'd be willing to swap some seed for other tried and true FL winter veggies.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 1:34PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Brenda, it will not die and it will continue to produce although somewhat slower from November until February IF you don't get any frost, which I suspect you don't since we're so close to each other...I can grow it year around and it actually looks better in the fall when things cool down. We're so hot here in the middle of the summer that in a container it gets stressed easily and looks rather ratty even though production is good.

If you look at the UF planting guide for South Zones you'll see they actually recommend planting it NOW! :-)

Tom

    Bookmark   October 4, 2009 at 6:08PM
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