How to Save Okra (Abelmaschus esculentum) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2721
Family: Malvaceae
Binomial name: Abelmaschus esculentum

Flower Type Perfect, self-fertile
Pollination Self-pollinated and insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 250m
Other Isolation Methods Cover flowers with paper bags.
Population Required for Viable Seeds 1
Population Required to Maintain Variety 5-10
When to Harvest When capsules dry and harden and before they split open.
How to Harvest

Cut individual capsules from the plant and dried until they become brittle. Split capsules and remove the seed.

How to Clean

Separate seeds by hand or by screening and winnowing.

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What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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