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William S.

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Lofthouse Okra
« on: 2019-12-22, 04:46:57 PM »
Was just going through OSSI pledged varieties. Noticed that Joseph's Okra strain was on there.

Wondering does anyone still grow it?

I remember Joseph saying something about being tired of the spines.

Remember avidly reading through Joseph's articles about his breeding process on this.

I've never grown okra myself. Though have been sitting on a packet of Mike's grex.
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Re: Lofthouse Okra
« Reply #1 on: 2019-12-27, 03:36:19 PM »
I grew a large batch of okra seed this year. Was even able to direct seed it.

The fall frost came exceptionally cold: Fierce enough to kill walnuts inside their shells. I harvested the okra anyway, not knowing if the seeds were likewise killed. I intend to thresh them and do a germination testing. 

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Re: Lofthouse Okra
« Reply #2 on: 2019-12-27, 04:05:45 PM »
Probably depends on seed moisture levels at the time of frost which could be variable. Thus even if germ is low, I would expect some.
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