Okra, Red Burgundy
- Plants grow to 4 feet tall
- Pods are deep burgundy
- Pods grow to 6 inches long
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States but does not tolerate cold well.
Okra, Red Burgundy Description
This variety was bred by Leon Robbins at Clemson University after 8 years of careful selection. It was introduced in 1983 and the All-America Selections winner in 1988.
It is unclear where okra originated, but there is record of Egyptians eating a tender pod with their meals in 1216. The plant made its way around the Mediterranean and was brought to the Americas by 1658. By the late 18th century Thomas Jefferson noted that it was well established in Virginia.
Learn to Grow it
You should start plants indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date for transplanting them into the garden. Plant them outdoors 2-4 weeks after your last expected frost.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.