Red Burgundy Okra is an open-pollinated, heirloom variety that was an All-America Selections winner in 1988. Developed by Clemson University, this okra variety produces beautiful, deep red pods with green tips. Plants can grow as tall as 6′ and are very productive, providing bountiful harvests multiple times a week when picked regularly. Pods have moderate spines and are best harvested at 3-5″ in length. However, unlike other okra varieties, Red Burgundy remains tender at larger lengths up to 6-7″. Red Burgundy is a great variety for pickling, frying or stewing. When cooked, the red color will deepen to a dark purple.
Red Burgundy 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. Red Burgundy 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.
Red Burgundy 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