Okra Seed Collection From Fresh Okra:
The first thing you need to do when collecting okra seeds from fresh okra is to wash them well before picking them up. You will see that they are very shiny and clean. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap or water after washing off any dirt and grime left on your hands. If you don’t have soap handy, use some rubbing alcohol (or even vinegar) instead. Do not touch your eyes or mouth while washing your hands.
After washing your hands, wipe them dry with a clean cloth.
Now you are ready to pick up the okra seeds! Pick up the okra seeds by using your fingers and gently pressing it against the seed. Don’t squeeze too hard or else you might break the seed. Once picked up, place them into a small plastic bag and seal it tightly so that no air gets inside it.
How To Germinate Okra Seeds:
Once you have collected okra seeds from fresh okra, you can now germinate them. First, make sure that the container where you are going to put the seeds is completely dry. Place a paper towel over the top of the container and then place it in a dark corner of your kitchen or bathroom. Make sure that there is no direct sunlight shining directly on the seeds during this step.
Once you have placed the seeds inside the container, soak them in water for at least eight hours or even overnight. Soaking the seeds will cause them to swell up and split open so that they are easier to sprout. If the seeds do not split open during this process, soak them again.
After soaking the seeds, place them over a clean paper towel in a well-ventilated space. If possible, use a small fan to blow air over the paper towels. Keep them in a well-ventilated area until they start to sprout.
How To Plant Okra Seeds:
Once you have collected okra seeds from fresh okra and the seeds have sprouted, you can grow the plants. The best time of year to plant the seeds is during late spring or early summer. If you save your seeds for next year, store them in a cool, dry place such as a refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.
To plant the seeds, pick a spot in your garden that gets full sun. Dig a hole about six inches deep and drop an okra seed inside it. The hole should be about a foot apart from other holes that you dig. This will ensure the roots of the plants have enough room to grow.
Cover the seeds with dirt and gently pat down the soil so that it is firmly packed around them.
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