The Finisher.66
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Whats happening to my Okra?

:?: They didn't look like this just 48 hours ago. Anybody familiar with whats going on here? Fungi?, insect?
This is my first season growing Okra, so any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Whats happening to my Okra?

I have never grown okra, so I was hoping someone else would respond.

Since that didn't happen, I'll give my opinion that it doesn't look like fungus. My guess would be a major pest attack. The large holes look like slug damage. All the rest looks like scarring left behind by some kind of sucking insect.

The slugs only come out at night. To check come out well after dark with a flashlight and look for them, checking down in leaf crotches or undersides of leaves.

Sucking pests could be aphids, thrips, or spider mites (especially if you find any little bits of webbing on the undersides of leaves).
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Re: Whats happening to my Okra?

Your right rainbowgardener! I need to be a little more investigative. Ill be out there at 2 AM, as this is when I get ready for work. Ill keep ya posted as to findings. Thanks for the heads up on that.

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Re: Whats happening to my Okra?

The holes could be slugs or caterpillars at this time of the year.
That kind of stipling on the leaves is usually a sucking insect . Spider mites will also cause stippling but even more so, you might see webbing on the underside of the leaves. They are hard to see, and they like young leaves, by the time you see the damage sometimes they have already moved on. It helps to look carefully under the leaves for the bugs, frass, or webbing. Leaf hoppers also chew leaves but don't will hop off if you approachThey would also be peaking around this time of the year.

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Re: Whats happening to my Okra?

I wonder why just a taste for the okra?

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Re: Whats happening to my Okra?

Okra has a lot of things that like the taste. I think there hasn't been much done to make okra more resistant like as way that other crops have been hybridized to be more resistant to disease and pests.
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