Emerald okra seeds produce spineless pods that stay tender even when they are large. The dark-green velvet pods are up to 8" long at harvest.
This variety retains its color when cooked or canned, and the cut cross-sections are perfectly round, resembling little wagon wheels. This plant takes 55 days to reach maturity.
Okra loves heat, so gardeners with short growing seasons may need to start their non-GMO emerald okra seeds indoors; plan to set them out 3-4 weeks after the last frost. Before planting the seeds, soak them overnight to encourage faster germination. Plant 2-3 seeds in one peat pot, and keep them at 80-90 degrees F until germination; thin to the strongest plant by cutting off the rest. When the air temperature reaches a consistent 60 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun 12-15" apart in rows 3' apart. For direct sowing in warmer climates, sow the non-GMO emerald okra seed 3/4" deep and later thin the plants to 12-15" apart.
When the seedlings reach a height of 4", apply mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds. Keep the plants moist during dry weather. In cooler climates, it may be necessary to apply black plastic or provide row covers for adequate heat. Emerald okra does tolerate cooler temperatures and is a good variety to grow in cooler climates.
Emerald okra should be harvested at 3" for best taste and tenderness. This variety is spineless for a painless harvest.