Okra burgundy growing in winter?
No, no, no its just my memo about them.
I wish they could but that will be too much too hope for if you don't have a greenhouse.
We still have 2 plants dormant at the moment and no leaves.
Just have not find the time to replace them with cool vegetable plants yet.
Not sure I want to leave them there and see whether they will survive winter and produce again next spring. Okra burgundy grows really well in containers. Very tolerant to cooler summer that we have last warm season. Grows really fast and start to produce about 10 weeks from direct sowing.
If you plan to grow okra, you must brace yourself of aphids attack. See black ants around your okra plants, you will find aphids that ants are hosting. Fine example, bottom photo which you can spot aphids and ants easily. But don't worry, find yourself some ladybirds and make them comfortable on okra plants. After a few days, you will find no more aphids on your okra plants. The okra plants were so happy, they start to produce many okra pods for the kitchen. Nyack Backyard posted a very lovely post about buying ladybug and releasing it in the school garden project so they avoid using pesticide which is really cool. Very environmentally friendly way to grow good stuff and for children education.
Okra burgundy plants are really pretty with burgundy stem and leave veins. The flowers are very pretty too. This plants look very ornamental that you can plant them on your front yard or pretty containers.
Okra burgundy does not turn green when cook, it retains its colour not like some other vegetable varieties. If you don't have very warm summer, you can have a go with okra burgundy. We grew 2 varieties of okra last year "clemson spineless" and "burgundy". Clemson spineless did not perform very well last year because we had many cold night so it can't set proper bloom or pod for us. "Burgundy" performed much better. Previous summers which were really hot, "clemson spineless" did very well. So we were fortunate that "burgundy" is more tolerant to cooler summer that it compensate "clemson spineless" last summer. To be on the safe side since we never know how next summer will be like, we will grow both of this variety again next summer. We did managed to freeze at least 2 bags of burgundy okra last season for winter/spring vegetable stock.
Do you think okra burgundy will look nice in your front yard?
Ornamental looking but edible.