Okra is a warm season crop that grows well in most areas of Alabama. Delay seeding until 3 to 4 weeks after the last frost. Varieties differ in plant size, pod type and color, and number of spines. Dwarf varieties without spines and with smooth green pods are best for home gardens.
For good germination, soak the seeds for about 6 hours in warm water before planting. Plant three to four seeds per foot 3/4 inch deep in rows 36 inches apart. After plants are 3 to 4 inches tall, thin to final stand of about 12 inches between plants.
Cut off the pods when they are 3 to 4 inches long. Once harvesting starts, continue to harvest every 2 to 3 days to maintain productivity. An occasional light fertilizer application maintains quality and yields. You can store okra in plastic bags in the refrigerator for several weeks, or it can be blanched and frozen for later use.