Grow Ladies Finger Okra without soil using simplified hydroponics by Pritham 'metal farmer' D'Souza
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) popularly known as bhendi kai in kannada or bhendi in hindi is an annual vegetable crop. one of the most nutrient rich vegetables, the high iodine content in the fruit is used to control goitre, while leaves are used as anti inflamatory & dysentery. the dry seed contains excellent amount of edible oils & proteins, and it is extensively used in cosmetic industries & soap industries. the crushed seed is given to cattle to increase milk production
the above photo taken on feb 25, 2009 shows okra plants grown together with cowpea. germination was observed in 4 days time. in the field, the seed takes a lot of time to germinate as seeds show high degree of dormancy and generally takes up to 7 days to germinate.
a clear photo of okra seedling
the above 2 pics show me slowly lifting the plant ready to transplant in tomato boxes i converted as grow beds. one has to be careful not to damage the roots as they can snap easily. light watering must be done first, and the substrate loosened. then the plant has to be scooped up with the substrate around it intact.
a close up of the roots, well defined & good network
immediately after transplanting, nutrient water must be added till it starts to drain out
the transplanting pics were taken on march 1, 2009
the above photo shows great shoot and leaf development. notice at the growing inter nodes of the plants, flower buds have started to develop
photo was taken on march 13, 2009 just 12 days after transplanting.
the above photo was clicked at night, hence the slight drooping of leaves in the absence of light.
here bhendi is successfully grown without soil.
all photos and data by pritham dsouza. to view photos in original size, click on photo to enlarge