I planted 8 okra plants this year (in April). My problem is that none of them are taller than 8"! I have always heard that okra is easy to grow, but I beg to differ None have any blooms. The weather here is very hot and dry. I have fertilized and they are well watered. The only strange thing that I have noticed is that the ants love them. They don't bother them in any way, but I'm wondering if they may have something to do with my problem. Any ideas?