June 28, 2006
Okra is a warm season, annual vegetable native to Africa and popular in the southern United States. Okra, or gumbo as it is sometimes called, belongs to the Mallow family, along with cotton and hibiscus. Okra can be canned, fried, boiled, or pickled. It is also used as a thickening agent in soups and stews. Although okra thrives in the heat of southern gardens, it can be grown in Iowa vegetable gardens too.
The Plant Disease Clinic received samples with the following problems last week:
White mold is a fungal disease that can infect more than a hundred different plant species, including field crops, garden vegetables, herbaceous ornamental plants, and a number of common weeds. A tomato plant showing signs and symptoms of white mold was recently submitted to the Iowa State University Plant Disease Clinic.