Okra

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Hello! Quick question... I am having trouble with my okra germinating. I am a new gardener so not sure if I should just wait. I have planted approx 40 seeds so far in two different slots and none of them have germinated. I planted the first slot abt a month ago and the second one abt a week ago. Getting a little worried now. Maybe my seeds were no good???

Has anyone had any issues. I am Zone 9 I believe. Sacramento, CA

Any advice would be appreciated. Also, if someone has okra seeds for a s.a.s.e please let me know.

Love and Happiness

Romi

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If all of your seed came from

If all of your seed came from 1 place then it may have just been bad seed. It happens on occasion.

I have replanted okra 3 times this year all from different places and none of it has germinated. Have never had a problem with it before. Yesterday I finally just put plants in instead of seed. We have had a LOT of rain here this year and am thinking that may be my culprit. I am in zone 7b.

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Germinate seeds before you plant

I had a problem with bean seeds last year. The Ag. Extension Agent for my county told me to place the seeds on a damp paper napkin and when they begin to sprout a root gently plant them with the root pointing down. It worked for me. I had 100% germination and they all grew to mature productive plants.

Good Luck - Hope this helps
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Thanks!

Yes, the seeds are actually from the same place so they might now be any good. I might just have to go get starter plants... But I will try the napkin trick. My boyfriend told me place them in between two wet sponges. Guess its the same concept. Thank you guys for your help. :) Appreciate it.

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Romi

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Thanks!

Yes, the seeds are actually from the same place so they might now be any good. I might just have to go get starter plants... But I will try the napkin trick. My boyfriend told me place them in between two wet sponges. Guess its the same concept. Thank you guys for your help. :) Appreciate it.

Love and Happiness

Romi

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Thanks!

Yes, the seeds are actually from the same place so they might now be any good. I might just have to go get starter plants... But I will try the napkin trick. My boyfriend told me place them in between two wet sponges. Guess its the same concept. Thank you guys for your help. :) Appreciate it.

Love and Happiness

Romi

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Soak your seed

Someone told me to soak the okra seed over night in water. I tried it this year and "almost" all the seeds I planted had germinated within 2 weeks. Hope this helps.

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Soak your seed

Someone told me to soak the okra seed over night in water. I tried it this year and "almost" all the seeds I planted had germinated within 2 weeks. Hope this helps.

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OKRA?

Now I have no idea what Okra is. If it is a hard seed then you may try chitting it. That is cutting through the skin oppisite the growing point. If it is not then you might try growing it on the surface of a pot of compost then when it germinates sow into individual pots ready for planting. This allows you to get the plants ready whilst waiting for thr frosts to go. Fraid all these zones are double dutch to me.
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RE: Zones are Double Duch to me.

Colin these Zones are to do with normal minimum temperature to expect to get down to in the winter, I for example am in zone 4, so I can expect it will get down to -30 deg F most winters.

The mentioning of zones is usually to do with plant hardiness, or growing conditions.

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Planting Okra

Okra seeds are of hard and large type. They are not suitable for germination using the sponge method as you will just be disappointed by waiting for it to germinate. The best way is to plant it directly into the soil bed. Dug in using your finger for about an inch, then throw in the seed. Cover it with the soil, don't press it. Water it down to have a natural press. Cover again with soil. Keep it moist by having some shade during sunny days. That should do the trick.

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