How to Grow Clemson Spineless Okra

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Okra is a large summertime plant that grows well in gardens throughout the country. Clemson Spineless okra is a particularly fast-growing cultivar that produces dark, meaty and seamless vegetables. Like all okra plants, Clemson Spineless requires the right warm temperatures, fertile soil and generous spacing to grow and produce fruit. Plant Clemson Spineless okra in the mid-spring garden with the right guidelines for a large, tasty summertime harvest.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork
  • Organic compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Start Clemson Spineless okra seeds in mid-spring after frost lifts and nighttime temperatures warm. Okra is sensitive to frost and does best with starting temperatures of 65 degrees F or over.

  • Set out an okra plot of at least 10 square feet. Put the plot away from the rest of the vegetable garden, or on the north side, to keep these tall plants from shading out other vegetables. Choose a plot that gets full sun exposure for eight hours a day and good air and water drainage.

  • Dig into the top 8 to 12 inches of soil for okra planting, to loosen the base. Mix 4 to 5 inches of organic compost in to nourish and moisten the natural soil, and add granular 10-10-10 fertilizer to the top 5 inches of soil. Water the soil for 20 to 30 minutes before planting.

  • Plant Clemson Spineless okra seeds 1/2 inch deep, at every 1 inch in the row. Allow 3 feet between the rows.

  • Water the okra plot with 2 inches of water once a week, and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. This crop resists drought, but still needs adequate moisture to produce a vegetable harvest.

  • Thin okra seedlings to 12 to 18 inches in the row when they're several weeks old, to give them room to stretch and grow. Feed the Clemson Spineless okra with nitrogen fertilizer at the first appearance of fruit, in the amount suggested on the product label.

Tips & Warnings

  • Harvest Clemson Spineless okra pods at 3 to 4 inches for good flavor and tender flesh.
  • Clemson Spineless okra grows to 4 to 6 feet in height at full maturity. Maturity dates range from 55 to 60 days, depending on growing zone.
  • Okra pods toughen and grow hard if you leave them on the bush too long.

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