Perkins' Long Pod Okra
Perkins' Long Pod Okra
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Perkins' Long Pod
55 days — Also known as 'Perkins' Mammoth Long Pod', the pods are bright green, four to six inches long and borne on strong plants that can reach five to six feet in height. It is a good choice for pickling, canning, and used in soups and gumbo.
'Perkins' Long Pod' was bred by a Mr. M. B. Perkins of New Jersey. According to the 1899 Johnson & Stokes Seed Company catalog, Mr. Perkins was a well-known truck farmer who developed the variety, ". . . after many years of careful selection." They went on to say:
"The pods shoot out from the stalk within three inches of the ground and the whole plant is covered with them to the extreme height of the plant. The pods are an intense green color, of unusual length, nine to ten inches, very slim, and do not get hard , as is the case with other okras."
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.
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