Okra not producing
We have 3 Okra plants that were bought as plants and set out in the garden and a 60 foot long row of Okra that was grown from seed. The plants are all extremely healthy in appearance, about waist high and fully leafed out to the point that they look like shrubs. The problem is: no Okra. We have gotten 4 or 5 pods from the transplanted ones but absolutely no sign of anything on the ones planted from seed. I do not remember where we got the seed but the plants came from Lowes. The seed was planted on May 31 and within a week the plants were showing and growing. At planting, I fertilized them with 5-20-20 and later side dressed with 10-20-10. I use a soaker hose and regularly water them.
My friend who grows Okra commercially stopped by a couple of days ago and mentioned a problem that he and a fellow farmer had some years back. The bought commercial seed and it turned out just like mine is now. He said that there is a strain of Okra apparently bred for cooler climates that just does not produce until cooler weather and maybe never. He and the other farmer successfully sued the supplier and won the case because of their loss of income. He thinks this Okra that I have is possibly the same strain that he had in the problem year. My question is whether anyone else is suffering from the same predicament and whether I should just mow the stuff down and start over with new seed. Thanks, Bob