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Okra is not producing
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:00:27 PM »
Help!!  I have NO CLUE what is happening here with the okra and I know there is a lot of experience here with this group.

I have 2 -  60 foot rows of Clemson Spineless Okra that have 3 okra pods on the the entire 120 feet and there are not many blooms.  I should have some pods being harvested by now.  The plants are about 3 ft tall and are in really good shape.  The seeds I used were saved from the harvest last year - this is the first time I have tried that.  I thought I was in good shape, but now I am concerned that I have lost 50 days and will have to replant with different seeds.

Any ideas what is going on with them and how I can get them producing?  Or do I throw in the towel and start over?

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 12:09:27 PM »
How's your weather been?

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 12:21:38 PM »
90s during the days and mid 60s at nights.  Not much rain lately and water with the drip tape a couple of times a week if there are not afternoon thunderstorms.  About 3-4 weeks ago we had a week that it rained every day, but no standing water was in the garden.

It seems to be a pretty normal SC May and June.
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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 01:39:05 PM »
NewKyhome-----found this on an internet site:

Flowers and buds drop before pods set. .....Weather too hot or temperatures are fluctuating. Temperatures greater than 95F can cause flowers and buds to drop. Temperatures too cool can cause flower and bud drop.

Plant flowers but pods do not form...... Heat and cold can interfere with pollinations. Pollination will be poor if temperatures rise above 90F or drop below 55F. Too little light, water stress, and excess nitrogen also inhibit pod formation. Plant in fun sun, in compost-rich soil, and keep the soil evenly moist.


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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 03:50:43 PM »
you're still about 2 weeks away from all you'll probably ever want.

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 04:22:44 PM »
Monroe hit the nail on the head.  Give em some time, its still early.

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 07:06:31 PM »
I started my okra inside and I've only had a couple of pods yet.  Give it a little longer, it seems to do better for me when it really gets hot.

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 09:51:29 PM »
Okra loves it some heat.
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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 10:11:21 AM »
Thanks everyone.  Guess I am just getting ahead of the game and ready for it to be here now. I may go ahead and plant another small row for later in the summer.
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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2018, 10:47:06 AM »
I'm surprised nobody said to whip it!!!

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2018, 11:48:51 AM »
newhome,  two 60' rows with production about to get in abundance I would suggest using that xtra space for something else. You will have okra with what you got till frost is on the punkin.

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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2018, 11:49:32 AM »
I'm surprised nobody said to whip it!!!

That is the responds I was expecting.  However, I could not find where someone posted doing this for okra, just tomatoes and butter beans.
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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2018, 08:12:27 PM »
Not sure how to whip it..... but I have some previous experience with a couple of normal kids... LOL..I'm sure it'll come back to me.

Monroe - you are probably right.  I'll use my time to put up some pickles and green beans and let it go for a couple of weeks.  Thanks!
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Re: Okra is not producing
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2018, 02:21:27 AM »
NewKYhome

Last year I grew Clemson spineless okra, and was in the same situation.  When it got roughly 4 ft tall, I kept wondering why it wasn't producing.  Like yourself, I asked on the forum what was going on, and I got the same response to be patient, and they were right.  A few weeks later I was harvesting all the okra I could eat and more.  Best of luck.
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