How to Grow Okra in Containers

Out of all the vegetables I’ve planted at home, so far, okra was the easiest and the most fruitful plant that grew in a few months. From two plants in containers, I was able to harvest more than a hundred okra pods! Woohoo!

I’ll be sharing some of the photos and tips throughout the process. Hopefully, you can grow some too!

Most of my family and friends don’t like this slimy vegetable, but I think through time, people will learn to love it and its health benefits. It’s also one of the vegetables that help fight diabetes. Cool, right?

How to Grow Okra in Containers:

1. Plant one seed in a small plastic cup or container. It’s better to choose a soft type of plastic container so you can easily remove the seedling after a few weeks. Make sure that the container also has small holes for better drainage.



2. Because our weather in the Philippines is hot, I usually water my plants twice a day. You’ll know that you’ve watered enough when water starts to leak from the bottom holes of the plastic container.

3. Once the plant is 4-5 inches tall, you can now carefully transfer it to the bigger container where it will grow for months under the heat of the sun. Try not to hurt or pull the roots while you’re transferring the seedling. This might hinder your plant’s growth.

4. Continue watering the plant twice a day and applying organic fertilizer every two weeks. Soon, you’ll see the plant grow as tall as two meters in 2 months.

5. As you watch and water your plant, you’ll notice beautiful yellow flowers growing on the plant. These flowers will turn into the okra pods after a few days. It’s important to note that okra pods get tougher as they grow longer. So, once you see okra pods that are 3-4 inches long, make sure to snip them off of the plant. This is the best size for tender okra pods.

6. Another observation: The plant grows taller and expands more branches every time you snip off okra pods. After more than two months, I needed to stand on a chair just to harvest the pods at the top of the plant.

7. Another tip: the okra pods can get a bit prickly. It will be better if you use gloves whenever you harvest the pods. But, don’t worry, once they’re cooked, they won’t hurt your throat.

So, there you have it! A quick guide to growing okra plants in containers. Let me know if ever you plant some okra seeds! I’d love to hear from your experience and tips too!

Happy gardening!


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4 thoughts on “How to Grow Okra in Containers”

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  2. Hi! I’m Roma and I live in the Philippines. I have a question. Due to lack of soil and container, I couldn’t repot the last batch of okras I planted and they remained in their small pots for more than a month. I see some things on top that look like blooms already and they’re still a foot tall. Will they still be able to grow tall if I repot them now or will it be too late now? Thanks!

    1. Hi Roma! I’m also from the Philippines. :)

      If this happened to me, I would still give it a try and transplant it to a bigger container, with fertile and well-draining soil. Then, I would check the plant after 1-2 weeks, if there is significant growth. If the plant didn’t show any signs of growth, I would plant new seeds instead.

      I can’t really provide a sure answer since this would really depend on a lot of factors: what the plant looks like now, the condition of the roots, the amount of sunlight in your area, etc.

      But anyway, you can still do a 1-2 week experiment with your okra plants. In case it fails, okra plants are easy to germinate and grow. I share more gardening tips on Anyone Can Garden (Facebook and Instagram). Feel free to check these pages and reach me through these platforms too! Thank you!

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