HDB Farming: Growing And Harvesting Lady’s Finger / Okra

Lady's Finger flower singapore

Isn’t the flower of my lady’s finger / okra plant absolutely gorgeous? 😀 I have two okra plants in my HDB community garden plot and I’m trying to enjoy the beauty of this stunning plant before the aphids and diseases like the powdery mildew take over. Because this plant grows easily from seed, and you don’t have to do much, fellow gardeners LOVE growing okra too. And therein lies the problem: once a plant gets attacked by pests or diseases, the spread happens quickly. 😦 It makes me wonder just how much pesticide is used in commercial farming of okra since the plant is so susceptible to pests and diseases.

Here’s my other lady’s finger plant. It’s really productive, as you can see. You have to watch the pod growth closely and harvest once it’s ready, or else the pod hardens and you won’t want to eat it after that.

ladies finger grown in HDB community garden singapore

So this leaf I’m holding was cut off one of my plants. It has that white powdery mildew setting in, which is so annoying. Next to it is my neighbor’s okra plant, which also has the same disease, and looks visibly worse off.

lady's finger disease

And in this next photo below, I show you the underside of one otherwise healthy leaf I cut off the plant today as it has this white pest – aphids, I believe – setting up home here.

Ladies finger aphids

Sure, I can go get neem oil and try to save my plants but ultimately, it’s going to be futile if my neighbors aren’t taking extra care with their plants. So I’m probably going to harvest a few more lady’s finger pods and then remove the plants entirely. (@_@)

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If you want to read about what else I’ve grown in my HDB Community Garden plot, click on the images below:

HDB farming

Community Garden Singapore