Plant Care Abelmoschus Esculentus

Abelmoschus Esculentus

About Abelmoschus Esculentus

Okra is a warm-season vegetable in the mallow family. It has showy yellow flowers with purple centers followed by edible pods. Okra can be harvested when they reach a length of 3" approximately 4 months after sowing. It can be used fresh or dried, eaten as a vegetable, or added to soups or stews.


Abelmoschus esculentus

Also known as

Okra, Okra, Ladies' fingers and Ochro

How to care for Abelmoschus Esculentus

💦 Water

How often to water your Abelmoschus Esculentus

Water needs for Abelmoschus Esculentus
0.5 cups
every 9

Abelmoschus Esculentus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Abelmoschus Esculentus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Okra in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Abelmoschus Esculentus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Abelmoschus Esculentus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Abelmoschus Esculentus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Abelmoschus Esculentus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Abelmoschus Esculentus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Abelmoschus Esculentus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Abelmoschus Esculentus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Abelmoschus Esculentus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Okra →

Common Okra Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Abelmoschus Esculentus prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Okra Water Frequency →

Okra Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Abelmoschus Esculentus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Okra Light Requirements →

Okra Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Abelmoschus Esculentus doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Okra Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Abelmoschus Esculentus does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Okra →

When and How to Successfully Repot Okra →

💩 Fertilizer

Abelmoschus Esculentus should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Abelmoschus Esculentus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Okra →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Abelmoschus Esculentus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5-11. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Okra Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Abelmoschus Esculentus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Abelmoschus Esculentus

Abelmoschus Esculentus

Abelmoschus Esculentus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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