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.