Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson frequently grew okra at Monticello after his retirement in 1809, often as a companion plant to his "tomatas". Jefferson family recipes include various types of okra stews in which okra was blended with tomatoes and other tangy vegetables. A member of the Mallow family, okra is a highly ornamental vegetable with large, tropical leaves and handsome yellow flowers. 'Cow's Horn' is a southern heirloom variety with distinctive curved fruits.
Direct sow seeds outdoors after the last frost, when soil temperatures reach above 65 degrees F. To hasten germination, soak seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Harvest the young fruits when they are no longer than 3". Approximately 20-25 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Days to Maturity||Size at Maturity|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||1/2"||12-18"; rows 5-6' apart||55||7-8'|