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Relationships of plantable okra abelmoschus esculentus seed and edible fruit production

Relationships of plantable okra abelmoschus esculentus seed and edible fruit production

Journal of Horticultural Science 61(2): 233-238

Twenty-two field plots of okra were used to investigate the relationships between the reproductive performances of okra plants intended for the production of plantable seed or fresh edible fruits. These had similar patterns of flowering, but seed plants produced less fruit due to fewer flowers and a lower percentage fruit set. Of the number of floral buds visible on the day of first flower opening, 70% formed edible fruits in fruit plants, but significantly fewer in seed plants (46%). Mature sundried pods contained an average of 57.0% by weight of plantable seeds, and the recovered dry seed yields in seed plants were equivalent to about 10% of the weight of the fresh fruit yield of fruit plants. Plantable seed yields averaged c. 240 kg ha-1, and reached 796 kg ha-1 in cv NHAe 394 under good growth conditions. The number of sundried pods in seed plants was highly correlated with the number and weight of edible fruits in fruit plants.

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