Growing up, Amma would make me eat Bhindi calling it brain food and I grew up loving the vegetable.So how could I not attempt growing these nutritional wonders in my pots. The seedlings took ten days to germinate and the tiny saplings were beautiful to stare at.
I waited for the saplings to grow into strong four leaved plants and transplanted them into seperate containers. Planted three of them in each pot. I had eight pots filled with compost, soil and cocopeat.
They prefer a lot of sunlight and I have realised that they are thirsty plants. I needed to water them quite frequently.Kept checking for weeds and pests and within twenty days, I had the most beautiful flowers . Apparently, okra is related to the hibiscus family, Take a look at the flower .
And after ten more days, had the flowers growing into pods , A bit of organic fertilizer during this stage helped boost the pods. Take a look at them growing in various stages.
Ensure that the pods are harvested when they are tender, lest they become stringy . Tender succulent Okra made for quite a few delicious dishes at home. So the proud owner gleams at the produce after a total of two months.
The nutrition powerhouse has the highest number of folates apparently . Take a look at its detailed nutritional benefits here.And if you have any questions for the amateur gardener, please dont hesitate to reach out.