Crop: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Joseph Lofthouse

OSSI Pledge Date: 10/16/2015

Release Date: 10/16/2015

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


Lofthouse Okra is adapted to a high-altitude mountain valley with cold radiant-cooled nights and a short growing season. It was developed for subsistence level conditions without fertilizers or cides. Much of the fruit from these plants is harvested after the start of cold fall weather. The plants might look bedraggled, but they continue fruiting. Recommended culture for short-season gardens is to start seeds about 3 weeks before planting out. Soak seeds overnight. Plant 3 seeds per pot. Germinate at 90F. Cull to the most robust growing plant per pot soon after germination. They do not respond well to pricking-out and potting-up. A lot of genetic diversity has been retained in spite of the heavy selection pressure for cold tolerance. Bred by Joseph Lofthouse

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners

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