SCIENTIFIC NAME: Abelmoschus esculentus
Sow in 2″ pots or plug trays, 3 seeds per pot/cell, 1/4″ deep. Start 4-5 weeks ahead of transplanting out after frost danger when soil is warm. Keep soil mix temp. 80-90°F (27-32°C) for fast germination. Thin to one plant per pot/cell. Transplant 12-18″ apart in rows 3′ apart. Do not disturb roots. Use row cover for added warmth to plants and soil.
DIRECT SEEDING: After frost danger, sow 2″ apart, 1/2″ deep when soil is warm – at least 70°F (21°C). Thin to 12-18″ apart.
HARVEST: Harvest promptly by clipping pods at 3-4″ long to keep plants productive. Oversized pods become tough.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplant 50