Well, I got my okra planted on June 1 and it was coming up on the 6th. Put in a decent amount for our household with slightly more Stewarts Zeebest than AfricanX. It'll be interesting to see the difference on when they come into production. I didn't get it down in my 2019 notes, but my memory tells me that AfricanX came into production earlier than expected. Maybe it will get to the point that it can be a main crop okra, here in Oklahoma. We'll see.
I need to thin my plants, yet they are looking very good. Here's AfricanX. This variety, though it has thinner pod walls, produces nice size pods and has excellent flavor. It has the added advantages of being completely "itch free," the leaves, pods and stems are smooth and without hairs; and also it produces for several weeks beyond the point that standard varieties will. I think it actually tolerates cooler temperatures better.
Here's a picture of Stewarts Zeebest at the same age. They are different in appearance.
Whereas AfricanX has pods of the more common shape (similar to Heavy Hitter or Clemson Spineless), Stewarts Zeebest has long slender pods. Most folk around here prefer the standard shape. I mainly grow Stewarts Zeebest for preservation purposes, though, I'm not picky about shape. It's all good!
Wow!! Very impressive. Can't wait to see more photo's later!!! George, I don't know why, but the AfricanX okra seems to like low sunlight intensity, over-cast climate like I have here in Panama. It does not grow well in the dry season when sun-light levels are bright, hot and intense.