Okra is a hot-season crop and needs a very warm soil (70-90F) to germinate well. Season length is similar to sweet corn. Direct sow when soil is sufficiently warmed, 1/4 in deep, 3 ft between rows, thin to 1 ft apart. In short season areas, start indoors 4-6 weeks early for transplant when frost is past and soil has warmed. Use peat pots to avoid disturbing roots when transplanting.