I saw that many people were having trouble in finding the solution to questions like:
- How to grow lady finger plant in pot?
- Can lady finger be grown in pots?
- How to grow lady finger at home?
- When to Grow Lady Finger in India?
Why worry, when Gardentroubles is here to help you.
Lady finger (Bhindi) can be grown easily in pots and is one of the easiest vegetables to grow at home in pots.
So today, I will tell you exactly how to grow lady finger in pots from seeds even if you don’t know anything about it.
But, I don’t want you to end up growing it in a season that doesn’t suits its nature.
So first let’s first see:
When to Grow Lady Finger in India?
(Feb – March, Late July-Early Aug)
Lady finger grows best in sunlight, so summer is the best time to grow it but apart from that any season that doesn’t involve frost is good.
Avoid growing it during monsoons and foggy weather.
How to Grow Lady Finger Plant in Pot – Step by Step
In order to grow lady finger (bhindi) in pot, we need to get a few things.
- Lady Finger Seeds
- Pot or Grow Bag (At least 14 inches deep)
- Potting Soil
From where to get the lady finger seeds?
Okay so this is something important to be aware of:
Usually we tend to use the seeds from already available vegetables at our home for growing. (like in case of tomatoes and chilly)
But you cannot do that with lady finger.
Because the seeds used to grow lady fingers are taken from mature lady finger that are let to grow beyond their harvest period and its seeds are allowed to dry and then taken out.
So, never use the seeds of lady finger available at home, they won’t grow.
You can get the seeds from any nearby nursery or online store.
Choosing the Right Container for Growing Lady Finger
You can grow lady finger in pots or grow bags or any other recycled bucket or tub.
But make sure that the container you choose is at least 14-inch-deep as its plant get bigger and roots go deep.
You should grow only one plant if the size of the container is small.
Spacing between each seed should be around 5 inches, if they are sown closer then they will start to fight for nutrition and grow unhealthy.
Lady Finger needs good nutritious soil to grow.
So, an ideal potting soil or growing medium for lady finger will be:
40% Garden Soil
25% coco peat
35% compost (Vermicompost or cow dung)
You can also add a handful of neem cake to avoid fungus and pathogens to attack the soil.
Growing Lady Finger Plant in Pot – From Beginning
Now you have all the things required to grow it.
Let’s take a look at the whole process from the beginning.
Sowing of Seeds
Lady Finger seeds are sown directly in the container (pot or grow bags).
You should avoid growing it in a different seedling tray and then transplant it to the main pot because Lady finger plant are not good at handling the shock from transplantation.
If the pot is not wide enough, sow only one seed per pot.
If you can provide a gap of 5 inch between them you can sow 2 seeds in one pot.
So, you know the math now. 5-inch gap is must between each seed. Otherwise they will start to fight for nutrition and probably all of them will grow either unhealthy or weak or never grow at all.
Sow the seed 0.5-inch-deep inside the soil and then cover it with a thin layer of coco peat and the water it gently and place the container in a sunny spot where it receives at least 4-5 hours of sunlight.
Germination Time of Lady Finger Seeds to Harvesting
It takes around 6-7 days for the seeds to germinate and you can expect to harvest it after 50-60 days.
How Often to Water
Lady finger plant loves moist soil, so you will need to water it regularly and never let it under watered.
If the sun is harsh then water might dry up every single day, so you will need to water them once every day.
The general rule of Gardening at home is to check the soil by touching it if its dry or not.
If the soil seems moist, you don’t need to water it.
But if the soil is dry, water it enough to keep it moist.
Morning time is the best to water it because then the plant can use it effectively the whole day.
Feed It With Compost
Lady Finger plant requires a lot of nutrition to grow healthy.
So, you will need to provide it with organic fertilizer every 20 days.
You can either feed it with vermicompost or cow dung.
Flowering of Lady Finger
After few days of following this routine finally the flowering of Lady Finger start to happen. It’s flowers itself are very beautiful to be grown for sole purpose only.
Tips To Grow Healthy Lady Finger Plant
Pinching your plant will force it to turn into a full-fledged plant.
Pinching triggers the plant to grow new stems and get bigger. This is a very healthy process used in gardening to keep the plants healthy and big.
And lady finger plant is one of those that needs it time to time.
Lady Finger remains under the radar of mealy bugs and other pest that can ruin all your hard work.
So, make sure you are always ready with your neem oil to protect your plants.
One important thing you should be aware about neem oil and its use is that never spray your plants in broad day light otherwise it will get burnt in no time.
Always spray neem oil in the evening after sunset. So that it can attack the pest whole night and wear of till sun comes out again.
Harvesting of Lady Finger
It can be harvested after 50-60 days of sowing. You can harvest them easily by plucking with your hands only.
Don’t let them stay for a long time because it might mature and then it is not safe for eating.
How to check if lady finger is not too mature.
Before plucking it, check if the tip is easily broken or not.
If it doesn’t break, it has matured. Don’t use it for eating purpose then.
So this was pretty much it.
Just follow this guide step by step and enjoy healthy home grown lady finger.
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