April 21, 2016
After three months, My okra plants became two feet tall and had produced some 6 or so flower buds. Then the plant for no reason shed off all buds except two. They bloomed and okra started forming. I waited for the flower to drop so I could harvest the Okra but by the time the flower dropped, the okra became so hard that I could hardly cut it with my knife. I can see the big seeds bulging from inside. why did this happen? Does anyone know? Any help would be appreciated. thanks
p.s. Does a two feet okra plant produce only two okras?????? I am beginning to think organic gardening is a complete waste of time and energy. I spend 2 hrs everyday in the garden with absolutely zero harvest or the plants dying off for no reason. I have used panchkavya, seaweed fertilizer, bio mixture, k vita etc etc.
May 1, 2010
Okra plant is a good feeder and it needs lots of fertilizer to be put. Timing is very important when it comes to feeding the plants more so if it is organic fertilizer. When the plant starts to flower, you should feed them with compost.
Okra plant that is deficient in nutrients will produce pods too early and the pods mature early. They will be thin with seeds waiting to pop out and they will be super hard to cut.
At times, it is ok to add a bit of fertilizer if the soil/ potting mix is appearing to be deficient. Also how many plants are there in a pot?
April 21, 2016
thanks for your reply. This okra plant is in a 12 inches (in height) grow bag with 1:1:1 i.e red soil, vermicompost and cocopeat. Apart from this 2 feet tall plant there is a 1 foot tall plant near. That one foot plant too produced one tiny okra which was super hard. I simply was waiting for the flower which was attached to the half formed okra to drop but by the time it dropped, this became very hard. but the okras are not thin. they look like market bought.