Candle Fire Okra
30 days. A fascinating departure from traditional ribbed okra, Candle Fire pods boast a smooth, round profile and brilliant, true red color. The highly ornamental plants are vigorous, disease resistant and heavy yielders. AAS award winner.
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|Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Emergence||Seed Depth||Soil Temp. for Trans.||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Min. Germ.||Seed Life||Seeds per gram||Fertilizer Needs|
|70-90°F||7-15||1/2"||65°F||12-18"||36"||65%||2 years||≈ 14-17||Medium|
Abelmoschus esculentus No longer just for southern climates, our short-season okra varieties reward even cooler region gardeners with their unique fruit for gumbo, pickles, an alternative to peppers for rellenos, and ethnic Mediterranean and Indian dishes. Pretty enough to earn a place in your ornamental plantings, okra's stunning blooms reveal its relationship to hibiscus.
Days to maturity are calculated from transplant date.
• Okra is a heat loving crop that needs stable temperatures above 65°F for best results
• Raised beds covered with plastic mulch help improve yields
• Cover plants with row cover to protect from pests until plants begin to bloom
• Apply 2 cups of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Soaking the seed in warm (110°F) water for 2 hours may help to soften the hard seed coat and hasten germination
• Space seed 4-6 inches apart, thin plants when they have two sets of true leaves
• Start indoors 3-5 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• See seed soaking directions above
• Incorporate 1/4 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant
Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea and cucumber beetles
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers
• Common diseases: Verticillium & Fusarium wilt, and various fungal diseases
• Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation
Harvest & Storage
• Pods should be picked when about 3 inches long, usually about 4-6 days after flowering
• Harvest regularly to keep plants producing
• Store at 45-50°F and 90-95% relative humidity
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Aug 19, 2017 | By Susan Mitchell
Since moving from the US South to the high desert of central Oregon 3 yrs ago (zone 5) I've tried in vain to grow okra which is only available fresh by means of a 3 hr drive to Portland. Fellow gardeners here smile kindly when I tell them I plant okra each year, but I know they think I'm crazy. This year I tried three varieties. The only one that proved successful is Candle Fire. I started them 2 months before transplanting, protected them initially with porous row tenting and still water them 2x day due to our arid climate - 20% humidity, no rain for as much as 2 months in summer, and commonly 40-50 degree temps shifts from night to day. They didn't grow well until the night temps rose to the high 50s in July. They're still anemic by Carolina standards, but I'm getting a couple of pods per day from my 10 survivors. Earwigs and aphids enjoyed them when they were babies, but they're grown tougher leaves now so the insects have moved on. Mulching with leaves from my garlic harvest also helped to repel ants. Definitely my variety of choice now, for difficult conditions. Thanks for offering!