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Okra Farming: How to Plant and Grow Okra for Profit

Okra is also one of the main vegetables found here in the Philippines. It also has many uses especially in cuisines and more than that it also has exceptional nutrients. That is why many farmers have entered into okra cultivation or okra farming. How to grow okra?

Okra is an annual plant grown almost all over the country. It has broad leaves and yellow flowers. Its fruit is rich in vitamins and minerals. It can be stewed, grilled, or mixed with favorite dishes such as pinakbet, Kare-Kare, and porridge.

Its varieties are Lady’s Finger, Long Green, Long Ribbed, and White Velvet and the foreign varieties are Clemson, Spineless, Emerald, and Perkin Dwarf.

Red, sometimes called magenta or purple okra makes an unusual and fun addition to an ornamental garden. Plants with their red star-shaped pods poking through red stems and green leaves can be interposed in an ornamental bed when space in the summer vegetable garden is limited.

Okra farming as a livelihood

As I mentioned, okra is very common among our Filipinos and you can find it in any corner of the Philippines. Probably because so many farmers and entrepreneurs are currently in this type of business, Because it is nutritious and easy to cook, it is really popular in the market, in addition to its low price which the Filipino masses are looking for. But how to properly plant okra? Do you want to try okra farming ?. These are the ones that will help you.

How to plant okra

Selection of arable land. Choose an elevated area with an adequate water source. For a better yield, plant in a soil called galas sand or viscous galas with an acidity (pH) of 5.8 to 8.0.

Preparation of arable land. Apply organic fertilizer or compost before plowing the planting area. For sandy loam soil, plow and harrow it once. However, if the soil is hard, rake it 2 to 3 times. Make a furrow with a spacing of 75 centimeters in the rainy season and 100 centimeters in the summer.

Drop 2 to 3 seeds into small holes in the furrows 75 centimeters to 1 meter apart.

Plant the seeds on 30-centimeter high ridges and cover them with thin, fine soil. 3 to 5 kilos of seed is enough per hectare to be planted.

Fertilizer and watering

Fertilization. Organic fertilizer needs to be applied in order to cultivate the land. 14-14-14 on the day of planting. Urea (46-0-0) on the 28th day after planting and 14-14-14 again on the 42nd day after planting.

Irrigation. If the planted soil is dry, irrigate it after planting. But when planting in poor soil, water is only 14 to 21 days after germination. In summer, water it 10 to 15 times or once a week.

Okra can be harvested 45 days after planting depending on the type of seed. Magani 2 to 3 times a week.

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