Perkins Long Pod Okra is an heirloom, open-pollinated okra variety that was developed in the late 1800s. Also known as Perkins Mammoth Long Pod Okra, this variety is early maturing and very productive. Plants have been noted to start producing pods at just 6″ tall. Plants will grow to 5′ tall and will be loaded with tender, delicious pods. Pods are bright green and will grow to 8″ long, but are best when harvested at 3-5″ long. Pods have pronounced long ends and are great for making pickled okra, canning and gumbo.
Perkins Long Pod 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. Perkins Long Pod Okra 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.
Perkins Long Pod 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: 55
Disease Tolerance: None