Okra is perfect for a southern garden

May 27, 2017

Credit LSU AgCenter

What do okra, chocolate, hibiscus, and cotton all have in common?

Give up? These are all in the same botanical family: the Malvaceae family.

Okra is one of the easiest and most heat tolerant vegetable crops you can grow in the south. It's a staple of the home garden. When other vegetables start to peter out in the heat of summer, that's the time okra will stand tall in the garden.


Okra can be planted any time from April through August. Okra is best for harvest when the pod is between two and four inches in length.