Does Okra Need To Be Organic

Okra is a drought resistant crop and grows reasonably well when left alone. Keep track of the weather in your area, and make sure your growing okra plants get a full watering about once a week, either with a good rain bath or hose irrigation.

These fast producing plants are vigorous nitrogen consumers. The soil should be amended with organic matter and fertilized before planting and again four weeks after planting.

Okra Varieties

Choose an okra variety, or two, suitable not only for your climate but also for your cuisine. The size and color of the pods are important to some cooks. The texture of the okra, with sweetness right after cooking and the presence of the characteristic okra ribbing, are standard factors. Whichever okra you choose, it is essential to harvest the pods when they are young.

About these growing conditions: When the description of various okra seed varieties says “58 days to harvest”, it is understood to mean 58 warm and sunny days. It will most likely take longer to reach full harvest. Other conditions, such as humidity, will increase the number of days to harvest, especially when plants are grown from seed sown directly in the garden.

‘One plant yields 1.5 kilos’

Video: How to grow okra on plants.

Composted Okra Manure

Improves soil structure, loosens soil, and helps sandy soil retain water. Compost increases soil fertility and nourishes microorganisms essential for soil health. If you are interested in growing okra organically, you can amend the soil with compost before planting. Another option that can sometimes help improve okra plant growth is organic fertilizer. The most common fertilizers are animal manures. You can increase the production of okra pods from rabbit manure, cow manure, chicken manure, pig manure.

Partially rotted barnyard manure should be applied three to four weeks before planting. For okra, you can apply more than 20 tons per hectare.

Organic fertilizer and fertilization in organic okra cultivation

The dose of fertilizer depends on the fertility of the soil and the amount of organic fertilizer applied to the okra crop. About 20 to 25 tonnes/ha of FYM (freeyard manure) is mixed during land preparation. Application of 100 kg N, 60 kg P and 50 kg K is normally recommended for optimum performance.

Fertilizers can be applied by digging a deep, narrow furrow on one side of each seedbed. In general, nitrogen fertilizers such as urea, calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) and ammonium sulfate should be used for this crop.

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