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    Glendon Hamner
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    @glen

    Dear Sir, I am a new amateur okra breeder and grower living in Republic of Panama which is a tropical climate. The climate here is hot and humid with a 6 months long rainy season. They do not eat okra here. I am a foreigner that is retired and lives there. I have gardened all my life in the US. Gardening here is different and there is no information on okra here since no one eats it. I started okra breeding since US variety’s don’t grow so well here. I began by using an African okra variety distributed by ECHO, a Christian organization that educates farmers to grow more food. I wasn’t satisfied with it so I began crossing this okra with a local variety I collected in the field. I have been working with this program for several years. I need to get in touch with someone who can help me with this Project. I am having some issues. For example, now I am having problems with okra falling off the plant a day or so after the Bloom falls. I believe that it is because I am in the rainy season now and there is not enough sun for this new variety of okra to produce. But, I would like to speak to someone about my Project. I am a seed saver and my goal with this Project is to come up with a very good new variety of African okra. I will be glad to send seeds to people also if I can progress far enough with my new okra variety that I believe they would be helpful.
    Are there any experts on this site that I can speak to? Thanx, Glendon Hamner

  • #4383

    Glendon Hamner
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    @glen

    I am a member of a seed saver site called Green Country Seed Savers. You can Find my blog on the general área of the site. Its called African Okra Trials-Plus Okra Breeding Project. You can open this thread and see what and how I have been doing for the entire duration of my Project. There are many photo’s. I am an amateur okra grower and breeder so I have had to learn as I go. There has been almost no help coming from anyone since there is no one in my área who grows or breeds okra. And, no help from the US since I am located in a Tropical área where gardening is much different. I believe my weather is much like some area’s in Ghana. I am interested in seeing foto’s of okra that grows in Ghana. I am interested in your methods. I am interested in breeding projects and to learn from others experience. I want to know if my okra looks like okra that grows in Ghana. Oh, by the way, I did visit Ghana in 2002. For 12 days but all the time was spent in Accra. I really enjoyed the trip. At any rate I want to learn. And, I will share what knowledge I have. I have learned a lot about African okra in the past several years from trial and error. I do hope you visit this seed saver site also so you can see what I have been doing. It is just too much to post here. Feel free to post comments and know that you do not need to be a member to post comments. As I said, I am interested in developing a truly superior variety of African okra. And, maybe we can share seed? As well as knowledge. Peace.

  • #4384

    K. Afrane Okese
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    @kafraneokese

    Too hot or too cool temperatures can cause bud or flowers to drop.

    Glen, I would like you to go through this post http://agrihomegh.com/okra-production/. You will have all the information in okra production.

    Hope it helps.

  • #4385

    Glendon Hamner
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    @glen

    Ok, thanx for the basic instructions for growing okra. I am not a beginner grower actually. I have been growing okra all my life. If you go to the seed saver fórum and click on my thread you can get an idea of what I am doing and see many foto’s. Is there someone I can speak to concerning okra breeding? There aren’t many people that are involved in this part of okra growing(breeding). I need to speak to someone who has tried inter-species crosses. Someone who can take a look at the plant photo’s I am developing and give me an opinión on it and maybe provide some suggestions. If you know of someone who has time to discuss this with me I would appreciate it greatly. My email is blueyes997@live.com and my name is Glen. The specifics of what I am looking for are provided in my questions above.

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