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Okra

September 16, 2017

Question

My mom says that you are the gardening guru, and I was hoping you might be able to help me with an okra plant. The plant's doing very well, large and with big leaves, but when the flowers fall off of the emerging pods, the pods inevitably dry out and die within a few days. I'm watering it about every day to two days depending on how hot it gets and it gets sun from 8 to 7 or so. I live in Massachusetts, but I've grown okra without trouble up here before. Any ideas? 

Answer

Typically when the blooms fall off and the pods don't form it is a pollination problem.  How cool is it where you live this summer, or how hot?  Temperatures below 55 degrees or above 95 can limit pollination, as can too much nitrogen fertilizer.