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Okra seed starting

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Mike CHS, May 21, 2018.

  1. May 21, 2018
    Mike CHS

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    I read a tip on a Cajun gardening forum the other day about putting okra seed in hydrogen peroxide for 24 hours to get them sprouted. The poster is reliable so I started about half of the seeds I want to plant in hydrogen peroxide and an equal number in plain water. The sprouts on the seeds in peroxide are 1/4" and the seeds in water have barely started to sprout on a few seeds.

    Now that I've seen the results I did some searching to see if it is really a good practice only to find out it's fairly common. I have been gardening most of my life and that is the first I've heard of it but I will be doing it more. The articles I found also said to use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water but I used straight hydrogen peroxide.

    I just realized the test needs to be done again since I used to different types of seed. The left is Clemson Spineless and the right is a type called Bull Dog

    Okra test 21 May 2018.JPG
     
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  2. May 21, 2018
    RollingAcres

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    That's interesting!
     
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  3. May 21, 2018
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    I've heard the same regarding hard grass seeds, especially coated seeds.
    Some even use a bleach water formula.
    Never tried any of it myself, as nature, good soil and plain water usually does a pretty good job all by itself and has for 'quite some time'.

    Once it gets up and starts growing tho, I'm liable to try anything.

    I know you are in the South Mike, but for folks that aren't, young okra seedlings are/is one of those plants that are very sensitive to temperature changes, and I don't mean just frost or freezing temps. It's not just how cool the temp drops down to, but the range of temp change that stunts the plant.
    I never plant okra here until mid June for that reason. Okra is a hot weather plant and I lost 3 full rows one year when a late May cool spell dropped the temps from mid 80 day temps to mid or low 50s one night. The little leaves just curled up, turned a whitish color and most of the tiny stalks shriveled and died.
     
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  4. May 22, 2018
    RollingAcres

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    I've never planted okra before and I know that it is a hot weather plant. With this weather up here, it more than likely don't have a chance to survive.
     
  5. May 22, 2018
    Mike CHS

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    It's a fast maturing plant and I grew it when I lived in Michigan but I didn't get near the produce that I do in the south. Soil temps have to be in the 70's at least for them to do good.
     
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    greybeard

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    My biggest problem with okra has been little tiny aphids. They sometimes flock to the pods by the hundreds, sucking the sweet juice out. Some years, not a one, other years, it's like the biblical plague of locusts, and the pods are black with the little critters.
     
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  7. May 22, 2018
    RollingAcres

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    What's your fav way(s) to cook/eat okra?
     
  8. May 22, 2018
    Mike CHS

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    We make a lot of Cajun dishes like gumbo and jambalaya plus we can a lot of okra and tomatoes. I love it fried but we try to stay away from that so it's just occasionally.
     
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    RollingAcres

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    I :love gumbo and jambalaya! Ate a lot of that when I lived in Baton Rouge. Unfortunately DH doesn't like okra so I don't make gumbo. IMO gumbo without okra just isn't the same. :(
    I grew up in Malaysia, my parents used to make this stir-fry okra dish with sambal (a type of chili paste, often with shrimp paste added) that was so delicious! it looks like this
    sambal okra.jpg
     
  10. May 23, 2018
    Mike CHS

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    I make Sambal asparagus with either shrimps or scallops but never thought about using my okra. I'll have to try that soon now that I have another use for the two gallon bags left in the freezer before we start harvesting this year. :)
     
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