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Cow Horn

Okra Seed

$3.00


Cow Horn Okra is one of the best flavored okras around that is great for pickling or gumbo! This variety produces larger pods than most okra and should be harvested young and tender. The best time to harvest Cow Horn is at 6,” but it can remain spineless, crunchy and tender up to 10″ long. This old heirloom okra dates all the way back to the early 1900’s. The twisted shape of this variety somewhat resembles the horns of a cow, getting its name, Cow Horn. Use shorter more tender pods for pickling or longer pods for tasty gumbo! The flowers on Cow Horn will start to appear within 45 days with okra pods soon to follow.

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Learning Download: How to Grow Okra

Okra may not be a common vegetable found in a garden, but it makes for good canning and pickling. It also can be used in stews. Okra is a warm-weather plant often grown in southern climates. It has a taste similar to eggplant.

Before Planting: Soak the okra in water for 12 to 18 hours prior to planting to soften the outer shell of the seed. Plant okra in the spring or early summer after the danger of frost has passed. In northern climates, plant okra indoors four to six weeks prior to the last frost date. Since okra can reach 6 feet tall, plant it in an area of the garden where its shade won’t harm other plants’ growth.

Planting: For direct seeding, after frost danger, sow 2″ apart, 1/2″ deep when soil is warm – at least 70°F. Thin to 12-18″ apart. For transplanting, sow in 2″ pots, 2-3 seeds per pot, 1/4″ deep and thin to 1 plant when 2″ high. Start 4-5 weeks ahead of transplanting out after frost danger when soil is warm. Keep soil mix temp. 80-90°F for best germination rate. Transplant 12-18″ apart in rows 3′ apart. Do not disturb roots.

Watering: Water 1 inch per week.

Fertilizer: Prior to planting, mix a 10-10-10 fertilizer in with the soil. Once okra reaches 6 inches tall, give a side-dressing of fertilizer. Side-dress again two to three weeks later. Reapply the fertilizer every four to six weeks throughout its growing season.

Days to Maturity: Okra is ready two months after planting. Pods should be approximately 3 inches long when harvested. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Harvest promptly by clipping pods at 3-4″ long to keep plants productive. Oversized pods become tough and decrease overall yield of plant.

Tips: Wear gloves when harvesting, because okra has spines.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 1 oz./78′, 13 oz./1,000′, 12 lb./acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 36″ apart.

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