The Israel-native Abelmoschus esculentus okra plant, which features a star-shaped cross segment when its fruit is cut open, goes by the title star of David. This highly effective vegetable plant contains distinctive purple-veined leaves and develops throughout the USA in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 3 through 11. The fruit of the plant lends itself to sauces, stews and soups or can be sauted or fried as a vitamin-rich dish by itself.
Select a place exposed to full sun for your star of David okra plant. Star of David will grow in clay, loamy and sandy soils and prefers well-drained soil. It thrives in humus-rich soils with a pH selection of 6.0 to 6.7, even though it tolerates a pH range between 5.5 to 8.0. Mix organic mulch to the soil before planting to get best results.
Plant seedlings covering their roots with soil. If growing from seed, then pay them to a thickness of about 1 inch. Soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting. Leave between 12 and 18 inches of distance between plants.
“Water-in” the plant by saturating the planting hole with water. After the, provide the star of David plant having a inch of water per week, or roughly a half-gallon per plant.
Apply slow-release fertilizer according to the directions on the item’s tag. This plant prefers general-use fertilizer with an score for example 19-19-19 or 4-6-6.
Add mulch a few days after it’s been planted. Spread a two – to 3-inch layer of mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds.