Okra growing in clackamas county

Asked June 26, 2020, 3:45 PM EDT

I have tried repeatedly to grow okra in the warmest area of my small garden. It has failed the last two years. The seeds germinated and I get less than 1 inch growth when the small plants disappear. I have a area about 1- feet long by 2.5 feet wide. It's next to the blacktop parking space so that is the warmest surface area for okra. Against the lattice fence I plant (and successfully grow snow peas) and plant the okra seeds in a row in front of the snow peas. I have had the okra grow, and be picked, perhaps 3 out of 10 years. For next year, what do I need to do differently?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

The reason: It's too cold in the majority of the northwest to grow okra. But you may be able harvest some by using various strategies that help "extend" the season and increase the daily available heat load.

"Okra is not well adapted to Oregon climatic conditions as it requires high soil temperatures and high day and night temperatures for best production." Even so, this article offers a number of helpful techniques for you to try. (See https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/oregon-vegetables/okra-0)

Okra seeds for cool-season climates are available at "Nichols Garden Nursery" (https://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/store/product-list.php?pg1-cid69.html) and at "Johnny's Selected Seeds" (https://www.johnnyseeds.com/).