Okra in Flowerbeds
I'm going to try some 'Burgundy' Okra in the flowerbed by my mailbox this summer and wondered if anyone has advice on growing okra as an ornamental. How long will the plants last? I know I must harvest continually to keep the plant producing, but since the pods are very ornamental I want to leave them on as long as possible. What's the maximum length I should let the pods grow? I know some commercial growers cut the plants completely back when yields drop and let them grow again. I'm toying with the idea of cutting every other one back when they're young to have alternating plants in the same stand. Is that getting way too complicated?