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Nov 10, 2022

Oquiabeiro is a plant of the mallow family. It has African origin. Its fruit, known as Cuiaba, gombô, quibombó, quibombô, among others, is a green and hairy fibrous capsule, full of round white seeds, widely used in cooking before maturation, because, close to maturation, they harden. Its leaves are lobed. The flowers are axillary, that is, they sprout from the axillary buds.

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About the climate for planting
Okra is grown mainly in tropical regions, growing well only in temperatures above 20°C. In regions subject to lower temperatures, okra can be grown in greenhouses. Regarding luminosity, The plant needs good light, with at least a few hours of direct sunlight a day. As for the soil, Okra should be grown in fertile, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. The ideal soil pH is between 6.0 and 6.5. And irrigation? Irrigation should be done in such a way as to keep the soil always moist, without getting soggy. Mature plants are drought-tolerant.

Let’s go to planting

Leave the seeds in a container of water for a day to speed up germination, which takes about a week. Seeds planted directly can take more than three weeks to germinate. The planting can be carried out directly in the final location or the seeds can be planted in small pots, plastic cups, or bags, and transplanted when they reach 10 to 15 cm in height.


Some horticulturists perform pruning to branch or to reinvigorate the okra. Other horticulturists do not perform any type of pruning. Depending on the cultivar and environmental conditions, the okra can exceed 2 m in height.

Then we come to the harvest

Harvesting okra typically begins 60 to 80 days after planting and can continue for a few months under good growing conditions. Okra should be harvested when it is well developed, but still tender, with a bright hue, which usually occurs 6 or 7 days after pollination and the beginning of fruit formation. Ripe, okra can become stringy.

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