- 1). Trim any okra leaves that feature white moldy patches. The white patches are powdery mildew, an aggressive spreading fungus that will eventually cause the leaves to yellow and die then spread to the fruit. Trim the okra leaves back to the main stem. Try to leave as little a stump as possible. Inspect your okra leaves for further signs of mildew daily. The quicker you prune, the less likely the fungus is to spread.
- 2). Trim any okra leaves that have blackened or browned or appear mushy or water logged. This may be a sign of a bacterial infection like early or late blight. Trim the okra leaves back to the main stem. Try to leave as little a stump as possible. Discard all pruned foliage far away from the garden bed. Pruning may help stem the spread of the disease and save the fruit.
- 3). Trim young okra leaves just before the okra flowers. Trim the okra leaves back to the main stem. Try to leave as little a stump as possible. Avoid harvesting any okra leaves with signs of insect or bacterial predation. Chop off the stems and add the leaves to salad mixtures.
- 4). Trim mature okra leaves around when the okra pods are ready for harvest. These mature leaves are an ideal thickening and flavoring agent for soups, stews and sauces.
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