Okra, Clemson Spineless (Abelmoschus esculentus) - 50 Seeds

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Clemson Spineless Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) - 50 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Easy to grow
•Most popular okra on the market

Description:
"Clemson Spineless" okra produces dark green edible pods suitable for use in culinary dishes that include soups, gumbos and stews. Unlike other okra varieties, the leaves and stems of the "Clemson Spineless" plant are spine-free, allowing gardeners to touch it without any resulting irritation. Hardy in USDA zones 5 through 11, this herbaceous warm-season vegetable reaches heights of 4 to 5 feet. Plants just keep growing until cool weather in the fall, so they will get 6 feet or taller in areas with a long, warm growing season.

Health Benefits:
Okra, its pods, and seeds contain a variety of antioxidant compounds, including phenolic compounds and flavonoid derivatives, such as catechins and quercetin. Scientists think that these compounds may help lower the risk of cancer. Scientists also believe that these compounds may have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. In a 2014 study, researchers used lectin from okra in a lab test to treat human breast cancer cells. The treatment reduced cancer cell growth by 63% and killed 72% of the human cancer cells. More studies are being conducted to see if okra has an effect on cancer in humans. Okra is a good source of folate. One 2016 review suggested that folate may have preventive effects against breast cancer risk.

Growing Instructions:
Sow okra in full sun and average, well worked soil after the danger of frost. Grow in a different location each year for optimal yearly growth. Prepare the bed by turning the soil to a depth of 8". Plant 3-4 seeds every 12" in rows 36" apart. Cover with 1" of fine soil. Thin to strongest seedling per group when the seedlings are 1-2" high. Keep weeds under control in growing area as weeds compete for water, space and nutrients. Keep well watered during dry periods. They will need 1-1.5" of water per week. When harvesting, pick young okra pods that are 2-3" long and harvest them every other day to encourage continuous production. Cut the pods from the stem just above the cap.

 


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