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Red Burgundy Okra


Red Burgundy Okra is a highly-productive, heirloom variety that produces deep, red pods that remain tender at longer pod lengths. All-America Selections winner in 1988. Seed garden label included in seed pack.  Abelmoschus esculentus. 50 days to maturity.

8,000 seeds per lb

Treatment: Untreated


Be sure to check out our Okra Growing Guide for more tips & tricks on successfully growing okra at home.

Red Burgundy Okra is an open-pollinated, heirloom variety that was an All-America Selections winner in 1988. Developed by Clemson University, this okra variety produces beautiful, deep red pods with green tips. Plants can grow as tall as 6' and are very productive, providing bountiful harvests multiple times a week when picked regularly. Pods have moderate spines and are best harvested at 3-5" in length. However, unlike other okra varieties, Red Burgundy remains tender at larger lengths up to 6-7". Red Burgundy is a great variety for pickling, frying or stewing. When cooked, the red color will deepen to a dark purple.

Red Burgundy Okra may be direct-seeded or transplanted. In early spring, we recommend transplanting to get a jump start on the growing season. Okra prefers warmer temperatures for seed to germinate. By transplanting, you can have plants in the ground before the soil temperature warms enough to direct seed. We recommend starting transplants 4-5 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Okra transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray. For late spring and summer plantings, direct seeding is preferred. Red Burgundy can be easily planted with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We suggest succession planting okra throughout the warmer months. Once plants get tall, they may become less productive and harvesting will become more difficult. As a result, we recommend planting a crop of okra in spring, summer and again in fall.

Seed garden label included in seed pack.

Red Burgundy Okra Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed or transplant

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1/2"

Seed Spacing: 12-18"

Row Spacing: 3'

Days to Maturity: 50

Disease Resistance: None

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Dylan Williams

Everything was just as it was supposed to be 👍

John Tyson
Quick turn around.

Ordered these seeds and received within a week. I’ve not grown this variety before and look forward to seeing how they turn out. I’m sure they perform as well as any other seeds I’ve ordered from here.

The good and bad

Ruby Red is a beautiful plant. Having this okra mixed in with other varieties gives the mix a wonderful color and a great change of pace. They turn green when cooked and taste the same as other varieties to me. They also seemed more pest resistant to Stinkbugs than other varieties. However, they are slower to mature, yield less fruit, and die back first when compared to Clemson Spineless or Jambalaya. I am in zone 9 and the Ruby Red did great in May, June, and July. By August they started to slow down and now mid-September fall is in the air and I am culling this okra first to make room for fall crops. I highly recommend this variety if you are not picking every day. The pods stay tender even when long and thin.I would not recommend this variety if you are growing for market.

5 out of 5

I'm always in favor of any seeds that I get that have great germination rate. And being open pollinated I was happy with how many of them germinated. The 1st one I got but i put in my rice but i wasn't able to really appreciate the taste but it sure did have a wonderful texture even before cooking. Gonna pick a few now again. Good buy if you ask me

5 out of 5

Great okra, flavorful, easy to pick, and produces well! Clearly a future favorite!