Companion planting is an organic method to prevent pests and diseases from your crop. Some companions also increase flavor and give a better harvest.
However, there is not much data about companion plant’s benefits. But, this method is recommended by many experienced gardeners.
In this post, I list all best companion plants for okra that you can grow for better results.
Plant these companion plants and prevent your crop from the danger of blights and other problems. We’ll see all types of plants that you should plant with okra. There are some plants that you should avoid planting along with okra.
Let’s see them one-by-one:
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Okra Companion plants for better harvest
Cucumbers and okra both need the same condition to grow. So, they do well side by side. Do not plant them close. Plant cucumber at least six inches apart from okra as cucumbers also need full sun to get a rip.
Peppers plants are useful to prevent cabbage worn that are destructive to okra.
Melons can be a good companion to grow along with okra. Just like cucumbers, melons also need ample sun and water. Make sure that okra does not shade melons. For this plant melon on the east side, so that plants get benefit by morning sun or plant west for afternoon sun.
Planting basil near okra is beneficial to repel pests. Basil’s strong fragrance deter many varieties of pests like stink bugs, flea beetles, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites. As the okra grows taller in height by six feet, it gives shade to tender perennial, especially in the hot summer season.
Plant radish throughout your okra row, it helps to break soil so that the okra plant’s roots get deeper in the soil. Due to deep roots, okra plants grow taller and give shade to radish. Plant radish and okra four to five inches apart for good air circulation.
Planting lettuce and okra side by side will benefit both. Plant lettuce at the base of the okra to weed out, where okra provides shade to lettuce.
Growing peas in the same bed of okra will help to fix nitrogen in the soil. Plant okra in the same soil where peas were planted, after completion of its season. This will give okra extra nitrogen in the soil that yields a better harvest.
These plants are members of the allium family. Garlic, Chives, and Onions repel aphids and spider mites plant them around your okra rows.
Nasturtium is a great companion plant for okra. It deter aphids and many different beetles that can destroy your crop.
Bad companion plants for okra
Most gardeners think having more nematodes in the soil is beneficial for gardening. But, metanodes are detrimental to okra because these tiny insects like to feed on the roots of okra plants.
However, nematodes in the soil help to grow certain vine plants like sweet potatoes and squash. You should skip at least one year before planting okra in the same garden bed where nightshade vegetables have been grown except Melons and Cucumbers. Other than this okra does not have any bad companions. Plant one of the recommended plants in this post. It will help to grow okra plants.
Essential oil to aapley on okra plants in the garden
Sometimes companion plants aren’t quite enough to support okra. Maybe you are growing in a small garden or even a container garden. Or maybe some best companions don’t grow well in the area.
Whatever the reason you can replace companion plants with some oil that will help in the garden.
Here are some essential oils to grow more okra plants.
Rosemary is a great companion but also a perennial herb that is not suitable in a vegetable garden. This essential oil is used to repel pests like aphids and flea beetles.