1. Plant in well-drained soil. Okra requires good drainage to avoid becoming waterlogged and susceptible to disease. To help ensure good drainage, add some sand or compost to your soil before planting.
2. Make sure to give your plants plenty of space when you plant them. Okra should be spaced at least one foot apart to allow for adequate airflow and room for growth.
3. Use mulch to keep weeds down and the soil temperature cool. Adding a two-inch layer of mulch will help reduce weeds and also help retain moisture so your okra plants won't dry out quickly on hot days.
4. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet or soggy, while your plants are growing and flowering. Watering with a garden hose is ideal as sprinklers tend to spray too much water onto the leaves and can promote disease if used too frequently or heavily.
5. Fertilize your okra regularly with a balanced fertilizer throughout its growing season (about once every three weeks). This will help ensure that the plants receive all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and maximum yields.
6. Harvest okra when pods are about three inches long, before they start getting tough or fibrous. Check plants often during peak season and harvest several times per week as needed to keep plants producing more pods.
Following these simple tips can help ensure success when growing okra in any climate!