55 days — 'Emerald' okra, also known as 'Velvet', 'Emerald Green' and 'Emerald Green Velvet', have pods that are thick walled, round, slender, long, spineless, and a deep green color. Its plants are semi-dwarf with large leaves.
'Emerald' was bred by the Campbell Soup Company, Riverton, New Jersey and was introduced in 1950. Its parentage was noted as being an unspecified cross including 'Campbells Long Green', 'Clemson Spineless', 'Louisiana Green', and 'Cow Horn'. Each packet contains two grams, which is about 30 seeds.
Planting Instructions: Sow seeds ¾ inches deep directly in the garden after the soil has warmed or start seeds in pots and transplant after all danger of frost has passed.
Since okra has tough seed coats, you can either scarify or soak seeds prior to sowing to help improve germination. When soaking the seeds, use warm (but not hot) water and only for 4 to 6 hours.
After the plants are about two inches tall, thin them to a spacing of one plant every eighteen inches, removing the weakest looking plants in the process.
Harvest the pods when young and tender. Older pods become tough and fibrous. If the pods are allowed to mature, the plant will cease production. Okra thrives in warm weather and is used in soups, stews, boiled or fried.
- "Garden Seed Inventory: Sixth Edition," Kent Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange, 2004.
- "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Okra: Lists 1-27 Combined," Edited by Robert L. Jarret, USDA/ARS, Plant Genetic Resources, Griffin, Georgia.
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