Figured I’d let them get good and dry, then shake the seeds from the pods and put them in a plastic zip bag. Plants are hill country red and Jing orange. Both I believe are not hybrids, but since they were planted side by side, maybe I’ll have a hybrid now.
USDA hardiness zone: 6
Elevation: 2,260 feet
A friend in FL told me that as long as the seeds are black, they are mature.
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@pepperhead212 The Little Lucy seed I acquired from you did very well here and that was the only one I grew. I stopped watering in September and we had a killing frost in early October that finished off the plants. I waited till last week to cut of the pods and they are drying further under the patio cover. So hopefully the seed will be viable for next year.pepperhead212 wrote: ↑Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:53 pm Okra can cross easily - think about all those bees deep in the flowers! I do keep the seeds for Little Lucy, since it is not on the market, and I've done it early - by accident, when leaving a pod on too long - then late, and it works both ways. The early one was good, because no Emeralds had flowered yet, so no crossing. I just left on the plant until it had stopped growing, and fairly dry, and it was quite a while, but it didn't stop flowering, which I was watching it closely for. For end of the season, I pulled all of the emeralds, then let the pods stay on a couple of the best plants, let them grow to maximum size, and almost dry. I'd pull the pods, and dry completely, and usually I'd have plenty of seeds in just one.
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Sent at least a pound to a member of a forum for free some time ago.
I even went through the trouble of winnowing them like they did thousands of years ago.
25 miles southeast of Liverpool.
There are no dead end jobs, only dead end people.
I’ve grown 4 okra types. I’ll rank them as follows:
1. Hill Country Red. Great Taste, good production with big and wide meaty pods, very good vigor, little bug issues, great in the heat, top notch overall.
2. Louisiana Green Velvet, Slightly less Great taste and more narrow pods, great production, great vigor, great in the heat, some aphid issues, very nice.
3. Clemson Spineless, Pretty good taste, good production, fairly vigorous, slightly less great in the heat, not bad overall
4. Jing Orange, good taste, but doesn’t keep well in fridge. So-so production, not as vigorous as the others, pretty pods and plants, heat doesn’t bother, compact plants. Might try a few again.
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Average Rainfall 9.5 inches
Climate: Sonoran Desert
It sure took me a long time to find a variety that would tolerate my climate though. The Clemson Spineless that I grew for years in California, would wilt & die just after flowering. Same with quite a few "good for the North" varieties. I read in the garden book "Cornucopia II" that Pentagreen (developed in Japan) was cool tolerant - and that is true. The seed is now in its 5th generation, and has adapted well. I still lose a few plants each year, but at least 2/3 go all summer... which allows me to pickle enough okra to last all year.
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