Jambalaya Okra is a hybrid variety that is the most productive variety of okra that we’ve ever grown. If you want to be the first one on the block to have okra in the spring, this is the variety for you. Compact plants can start producing okra pods at 1-2′ tall and will continue producing as plants grow to 5-6′ tall. When harvested regularly, plants will producing heavy-yields of delicious okra multiple times a week. Jambalaya produces meaty pods that are best picked when 4-6″ long. Pods are great when pickled, fried or boiled. For pickled okra, smaller pods may be desired.
Jambalaya Okra may be direct-seeded or transplanted. In early spring, we recommend transplanting to get a jump start on the growing season. Okra prefers warmer temperatures for seed to germinate. By transplanting, you can have plants in the ground before the soil temperature warms enough to direct seed. We recommend starting transplants 4-5 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Okra transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.For late spring and summer plantings, direct seeding is preferred. Jambalaya can be easily planted with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We suggest succession planting okra throughout the warmer months. Once plants get tall, they may become less productive and harvesting will become more difficult. As a result, we recommend planting a crop of okra in spring, summer and again in fall.
Jambalaya Okra Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 12-18″
Row Spacing: 3′
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: None