Looking for Longhorn Okra seed!

lisa-regina(5)November 12, 2008

I have a friend who lives in Durant, Oklahoma and she told me about Longhorn Okra. Her and her daddy loved it and can't find seeds anywhere for that variety anymore. That is their favorite of all time and I know that it is scarce and hard to find. I would love to have some as well and I would share seed with my friend. Does anyone have any true Longhorn Okra seed? If you would be so kind to share some with us, we would be so greatful...Thanks...LIsa

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Okiedawn OK Zone 7


If you don't find any Longhorn Okra via someone here on this forum, I checked my Seed Savers 2008 Yearbook and two people there have it listed this year. You do have to be a member of the Seed Savers Exchange to obtain seed through the listed members in the yearbook. (www.seedsavers.org).

For anyone unfamiliar with Seed Savers Exchange, it is a non-profit membership group of persons dedicating to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. You buy a membership and receive several publications annually, the largest of which is the yearbook which lists thousands and thousands of heirloom seeds available from listed members for a small fee.

Whereas most seed companies might offer, say, 5 or 6 types of okra at the most, SSE members list several dozen different ones including Cowhorn, Cowhorn Smooth, Longhorn and Texas Longhorn.

SSE also has a website/catalog through which they sell some varieties, but the varieties offered are only a tiny percentage of what is available via their listed members.


    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 7:52PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

Texas Longhorn Okra seed is available commercially through Sandhill Preservation Center, linked below.

This is a very small company, and you have to comply carefully with their ordering instructions or they'll reject your order.


Here is a link that might be useful: Sandhill Preservation Center

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 8:02PM
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Thank you for the information. I will go there and get seed now....LIsa

    Bookmark   November 13, 2008 at 6:46PM
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I got some seed in a trade last spring that the person said was called "Cow Horn" and said it had been in her family for years. Could this be the same thing?

If it was, I would agree that it's pretty good! The pods got huge before they were too tough to use.


    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 9:43AM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7


There are several varieties of cowhorn-type okras, including the standard Cowhorn (very tall plants with spines, pods can get 10-12 "long and still remain tender), Smooth Cowhorn (similar to regular Cowhorn, but spineless, and also doesn't get quite as tall and is not as productive), Longhorn (has very long thin pods, but not always as long as those from Cowhorn), and Texas Longhorn (a dwarf plant with pods only 5" to 6" long). There's also Fife Creek Cowhorn, which has plants that only get 5' tall or so but does have the very long pods.

People who grow the cowhorn-type okras all say that the pods stay tender even when they reach 8"- 12" in length. Some of the cowhorn types have been handed down within a family for decades.

The cowhorn okra I have grown did give me tall plants and very long pods. A neighbor of ours in Texas had cowhorn okra plants that got 10'-12' tall with pods 10"-12" long.


    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 1:12PM
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Yes, my plants got a lot taller than I was expecting. I had to stand on tiptoe to pick. I had no idea there were so many varieties of "horns".

    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 3:21PM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

It is fascinating. Sometimes you can't tell if you have seeds of the "same" plant under various names or if they are different varieties until you grow them side by side.

With open-pollinated heirlooms that have been passed down for generations, it is not uncommon to have the same variety found under many names depending on how many different families were saving seed and passing it down.

All the cowhorns I listed seem slightly different from one another. Before I 'discovered' open-pollinated varieties, I thought okra was just okra and eggplant was just eggplant.....and I was wrong. One of the most startling discoveries? Orange okra and orange eggplant....and NOT orange because of genetic engineering. Naturally orange.


    Bookmark   November 14, 2008 at 9:18PM
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We have longhorn okra seed

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 6:56PM
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