Traditional OP.Light green pods consist of 5–8 points. The standard variety in the South. Cream-colored flowers are also edible. An attractive ornamental; good in containers.
• Edible Flowers: Deep fry the flowers or eat them stuffed, or use fresh as a striking, exotic-looking garnish. Sweet and mild flavor.
USDA Certified Organic. Avg. 8,700 seeds/lb. Packet: 50 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Abelmoschus esculentus
CULTURE: Sow in 2" pots or plug trays, 3 seeds per pot/cell, 1/4" deep. Start 4-5 weeks ahead of transplanting out after frost danger when soil is warm. Keep soil mix temp. 80-90°F (27-32°C) for fast germination. Thin to one plant per pot/cell. Transplant 12-18" apart in rows 3′ apart. Do not disturb roots. Use row cover for added warmth to plants and soil.
DIRECT SEEDING: After frost danger, sow 2" apart, 1/2" deep when soil is warm – at least 70°F (21°C). Thin to 12-18" apart.
HARVEST: Harvest promptly by clipping pods at 3-4" long to keep plants productive. Oversized pods become tough.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1 oz./78′, 13 oz./1,000′, 12 lb./acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 36" apart.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 155 pots/cells per oz., 2,500 pots/cells per DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplant.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: Avg. 9,000.
PACKET: 50 seeds.