Sowing Okra Hill Country Red @Xavier #OKRed

Experiment. Reviews indicate slow germination and low yield. Lets find out.


Friday May 20, 2016

Day 0
According to Bill Mollison's imitating a forest floor: In raised bed filled with 10in-high leaves from nearby trees, made two pockets, filled with store-bought topsoil from GA, planted a seed and watered. Shall receive sunlight from sunrise to 1400hrs. Will be watered as needed to keep moist. Note: raised bed is over pure sands.

Friday May 27, 2016

Day 7
One new sprout.
Total sprouts: two. About 1.5in tall.

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Day 11
Heights: 1.5in and 2in.

Monday June 6, 2016

Day 17
Heights are 3in tall and 2.25in. Pictured.
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Wednesday June 8, 2016

Day 19
Heights are 3in tall and 2.5in.
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Saturday June 11, 2016

Day 22
Heights are 3in and 3.5in.

Tuesday June 14, 2016

Day 25
4in and 3in tall.

Friday June 17, 2016

Day 28
Heights are 4.75in and 5in.
Leaf sizes are 4in x 4in and 3.75inL x 3.5inW.

Monday June 20, 2016

Day 31
Mostly not growing up for two plants, only to the sides.

Monday June 27, 2016

Day 38
Height is 7.5in tall; leaves are 7.5in wide by 6.5 long.
Another is 7.75in tall; leaf is 6.5in wide by 6in long.

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Day 39
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Wednesday July 6, 2016

Day 47
12.5in tall x 22in wide (1 flower/pod 2.5in long) / leaves are 10.25in wide x 8in long.

Another is 11.5in tall x 20in wide and its leaves are 9in wide x 7.5in long.
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Tuesday July 12, 2016

Day 53
0.03000 lbs. >50days since planting: Harvested a small pod at least 2in long. Its a lot thicker, sweeter and finer taste than Grandma Edna's Cherokee Long Pod. The seeds inside were larger too. I like the woodiness crunch, otherwise its a baby food.

Took off a few of the lower branches to see if the plant grows any taller. The interior of the plant was a lot slimy while pulling off the branches and pod. Although the pod was less mucilaginous while eating.

Saturday July 16, 2016

Day 57
0.04000 lbs. Got a 1.5in pod from each of both plants. Sweet tasting right on the spot.

Tuesday July 19, 2016

Day 60
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Thursday July 21, 2016

Day 62
0.06000 lbs. Collected a 2.5in pod from each plant. Very crunchy and sweet as usual. Pictured.

Sunday July 24, 2016

Day 65
0.03000 lbs. Got a 2.5in pod which weighs half an ounce. Shall go back into previous dates and update the weights now that I got a food scale.

Monday July 25, 2016

Day 66
25.00in tall spans 33in with leaf size is amazing: 11inW x 11inL and the width of trunk's base is almost an inch in diameter, 
24.00in and since I've been picking pods, most of the plant appears bare without branches extending to the sides.

Wednesday July 27, 2016

Day 68
0.08000 lbs. Photos. The two photos with cinder blocks in the background show the before/after when tearing off the lower-most branches to observe if the height changes compared to the other plant not far from this one.
The last photo shows the branches that were trimmed and we cooked the leaves in oil for lunch.
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Saturday July 30, 2016

Day 71
0.04000 lbs. Got a 3.75in pod. Crunchy, finely sweet. Seeds are white and full size. Not too slimy at all. In fact, the pod tenderly pressed felt hollow.

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