Commonly referred to as ladies’ fingers outside of the United States, Okra is a flowering annual or perennial growing to a height of 2m and belongs to the mallow family (along with such species as cotton, cocoa and hibiscus). It is valued for its edible pod shaped fruits and white seeds. The pods are harvested when immature and are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Okra relies on the warmth and humidity of a hot summer to grow to its full potential.

    Grows best in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates.

    It is susceptible to frost and temperatures below 12°C.

    Sandy loams are preferred, but Okra can be grown on a wide range of soils as long as they have good drainage.

    Frequent watering is necessary during the germination and flowering stages, but after that Okra can tolerate very dry conditions.

    Soil beds should be prepared several weeks in advance to sowing to allow for organic matter to break down. Slightly raised beds are preferred.

    Use stakes to support tall plants.

    When the plant reaches around 60cm in height, pinch out any growing tips to encourage bushiness.

    Start picking the pods when they are 5cm or larger in size.

    Plants should be spaced 1 – 1.5m between rows and 30 – 60cm apart within rows.

    Germination is most successful when seeds have been soaked overnight, planting only the swollen seeds.

    Okra can be sowed in spring to summer.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1¼-1½ cup (250-300g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 2-3kg/10m row

    Comments: Applied at sowing and should be banded below and to the side of seed.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Premium Organic Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (80-100g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 0.75-1.1kg/10m

    Comments: Applied once first pods have been picked. Dino-Fert Premium Organic Pellets should be used sparingly as pod setting and maturity may be delayed if excessive amounts are used. If you are using Dinofert Standard Pellets, double the above side dressing rates.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.