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Okra - Red Burgundy (seeds)
  • Okra - Red Burgundy (seeds)

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    Red Burgundy Okra, also known as Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Burgundy’, is a fascinating variety that combines both ornamental and edible features. Here’s what you need to know about growing this vibrant okra:


    What Is ‘Burgundy’ Okra?

    ‘Burgundy’ Okra, sometimes referred to as ‘Red Burgundy,’ is an open-pollinated heirloom cultivar of the Abelmoschus esculentus species. Bred by Leo Robbins at Clemson University in the 1970s and 80s, it gained popularity for its high yields and striking colors. The plant features showy yellow hibiscus-style blooms, burgundy stems, and mottled red and green leaves.



    You can start ‘Burgundy’ okra from seeds. It’s rare to find starts at local nurseries.

    Sow the seeds indoors about ½ inch deep in 3-inch pots or directly outdoors 1-2 weeks after the last frost. Thin the seedlings or set out transplants 12-24 inches apart.


    Growing Tips

    Plant or set ‘Burgundy’ okra in full sun. Germination typically occurs in 7-15 days when the soil temperature is between 70°F and 90°F.


    Harvest and Use

    The edible purple pods of ‘Burgundy’ okra are 5-8 inches long. Unlike some other varieties, these pods don’t turn woody as quickly. Keep in mind that the vibrant color of the pods fades when cooked, turning more of a light brick red or green. You can enjoy them fresh in salads or let them dry on the plants for fall flower arrangements.


    Ornamental Value

    The plants are quite attractive, with their burgundy stems and yellow flowers. Consider growing ‘Burgundy’ okra alongside other ornamental plants – it’s a cost-effective way to add beauty to your garden.


    Heat Resistance

    ‘Burgundy’ okra, along with varieties like Clemson Spineless, Emerald, and Perkins Long Pod, thrives in hot climates. Proper soil preparation and timing are essential for a bountiful harvest.


    So, whether you’re a fan of okra or simply appreciate its ornamental qualities, ‘Red Burgundy’ Okra is a delightful addition to any garden. Happy gardening! 

    • Seeds Per Pack

      Single Pack: approx 20

      Large Pack: approx 225

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