hard okra

Asked July 6, 2019, 7:23 PM EDT

What causes okra to get too hard? Even small pods. We live in South East Georgia and it is very hot and dry. We water daily. Are we watering too much. We always plant Clemson Spineless. My Daddy planted the same. I have seen it 8 to 10 inches long and perfect. Now before it can get 3 or 4 inches long it is so hard that you can't put a knife through it. Any suggestions.

Appling County Georgia vegetable gardening harvesting okra

1 Response

Hot and dry conditions can cause the pods to be woody. The soil should be kept moist but not too wet. A shade cloth over the plants can help the plants survive if the weather is too hot.

Okra pods grow fast and should be picked when the pods are 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. That will be only a few days after flowering. It can grow an inch overnight so it should be harvested at least every other day. If your Daddy was letting it get to 8 or 10 inches he was probably harvesting the seeds for the next year's crop. .

Hope this helps. Thanks for using Ask-an-Expert.

Tony