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Abelmoschus esculentus

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Belonging to the Abelmoschus genus (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Red Burgundy'), Red Burgundy is a variety of Okra. Red Burgundy is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Hansa yellow. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Burgundy.

Stunning 4’ plant with burgundy accents and tender burgundy pods up to 6" long. Good yields. 55-60 days from transplant. 1


Don’t cook okra in aluminum or cast iron to avoid turning your okra dark. This variety can be grown in large containers. The pods will turn green when cooked.

Red Burgundy grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.25 feet (1.00 metres), Red Burgundy grows with a erect-like growth habit.

United States is believed to be where Red Burgundy originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Red Burgundy Okra is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Red Burgundy have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Red Burgundy

  • Full Sun

  • High

Frequent harvesting will promote more pods to grow.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Red Burgundy is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Planting Red Burgundy in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.0 and 6.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Red Burgundy from seed

Soak seeds for 2-4 hours to improve germination rate.

Sow 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Red Burgundy

Start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks after the last frost date, planting outside 4-6 weeks later. Night temperatures should stay in the mid-70’s (F).

As Red Burgundy is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Red Burgundy

Pods stay tender up to 7-inches. Do not rinse until you are ready to use (water makes them slimy)

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer.

Okra Red Burgundy Etymology

Bred by Leon Robbins at Clemson University. Introduced in 1983. 1

Red Burgundy folklore & trivia

AAS winner in 1988. It took L. Robbins eight years of careful selection to create this heirloom.

Other Names for Okra 'Red Burgundy'

heirloom Burgundy, Burgundy

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