Saturday, August 27, 2016
You CAN Grow Okra in Southwest Washington State. 8.27.16
Top photo is today, lower photo is yesterday. The short fat pods are the Star of David cultivar. The longer, thinner pods are the Baby Bubba hybrid.
It's true, this Spring was unusually hot. I didn't think they would grow and did not invest much effort in these at first - planted in ground, in rows. When they started growing, I became more interested, thinned the plants, provided fencing for animal predation protection.
My failures this year, were okra plants that I grew indoors and set out in the garden. They failed to thrive, and died - I think it was too early, and on top of that rabbits ate them .
In the top photo, thete are 3 large pods and one small malformed pod. The top three were hand pollinated, using a paintbrush. i left the flower for the other one, to its own devices and local insects. I dont think the insects here are pollenizers for okra. The only flowers that have formed pods, are ones that I pollinated.
There are lots more flower buds. Cool weather ahead may limit bearing, but at the moment i'm very happy.