my Okra -Abelmoschus esculentus seedlings are not growing

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Na Bha

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Apr 11, 2011, 6:27:49 AM4/11/11
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I had brought some Okra seeds with me in Jan. 2009. I am trying to cultivate Okra. It took two weeks till i could see the seedlings. And for the last two weeks I don't see any growth.
What am I doing wrong? How can I make it grow? Does it take such a long time?
TIA
Nalini
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J.M. Garg

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Jul 21, 2011, 8:42:44 AM7/21/11
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Forwarding again for any assistance in the matter please.

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Yazdy Palia

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Jul 21, 2011, 9:07:32 AM7/21/11
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Dear friend,
Please let us know a little more as to where you have placed it. It
needs a bit of sunshine, some good lose soil and moisture. It should
not take 2 weeks to germinate. I note that you purchased the seeds in
2009. Normally, the shelf life is 6 months. If I had to sow the seeds,
I would prepare a bed with lose topsoil, make it moist and cover the
seeds with a layer of dry leaves. Just keep it moist and it should
sprout in a few days. If you had planted in january, by April it
should be quite big. Again, possibly, it is not getting enough
sunlight.
Regards.
Yazdy.

Gurcharan Singh

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Jul 21, 2011, 9:21:36 AM7/21/11
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Nabha ji
I think the culprit is 2009. Every seed has a viability period (shelf life in another words as Yazdy ji pointed out), after which it won't germinate successfully. It is said that if you keep okra seeds for one year, they lose 80 per of their viability. That should explain seeds germinating but not managing to grow further.


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Na Bha

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Jul 21, 2011, 3:22:03 PM7/21/11
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Thank you both for your advice.
Yes they are old but i was hoping that at least some will germinate.
I kept them at a warm place but certainöy they were not getting enough sunshine.
So better luck next time!
Thanks again
Nalini

arjun

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Jul 21, 2011, 11:57:16 PM7/21/11
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dear friend,

apart from Yazdyji's inputs, i would like to add an observation that
Okhra does not respond well to transplanting, seeds are broadcasted on
a raised bed at a distance of about a ft

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Yazdy Palia

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Jul 23, 2011, 2:38:11 AM7/23/11
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Thank you Arjun Ji.
Regards.
Yazdy.

Vijayadas D

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Jul 27, 2011, 10:56:49 AM7/27/11
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