Fertile, well drained soil amended with compost.
Full sun and warm conditions.
Not required, but thrifty growth often indicates nutritional stress.
Melon, Cucumber, Pepper and Eggplant.
Single Plants: 1′ 7″ (50cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1′ 5″ (45cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Soak seeds in water overnight before planting them 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart in warm soil. Thin to proper spacing after two weeks.
Requires warm weather to grow well.
Use pruning shears to gather pods less than 5 inches long. Wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to avoid prickles.
Ants sometimes damage okra blossoms.