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Kandahar Pendi Landrace Okra

€3,50 EUR

Open pollinated Heirloom : As opposed to most named varieties, which are bred for uniformity, this okra has a diverse landrace population. Plants may produce green, red, pink, or white pods, which may be long, short, fat, or thin. Okra is best harvested with gloves. Originally collected for the USDA, "pendi" is not a cultivar name, but simply the name for okra in one of the many local languages used in Kandahar (note the similarity to "bhindi," the Hindi word for okra). This okra is well worth trying in places where the common varieties of okra often refuse to grow.


Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus

Plant Life Cycle: annual

Optimal Germination Temperature: 24C

Germination time in days: 7-15 days

Indicative Days to maturity: 50-75 days

Sunlight: full sun

Soil requirement: Fertile and well drained soils are essential along with a good regular supply of water and plenty of sun

Sowing and cultivation: Start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/2" deep. Keep soil temperature above 24C. Direct sow outdoors when soil temperature is over 24C . Space plants 12-18" apart.