Got your attention, didn't I? lol. In my quest to find info on dehydrating whole pods of okra, ala Fresh Market, I ran across mention of this 'ole timey method to get your okra to produce more. Seems one would take a cane or stick and "whip" some of the leaf stems off, using a downward motion. In addition to the stress causing the plant to produce more, it reduces the amount of leaves to irritate your skin.
I didn't whip my okra, but just this morning broke off 3 or 4 leaf stems per plant to try this out. Anyone else heard of this? The idea of stressing the plants to increase production does sound vaguely familiar to me. I wonder if this would work on other vegetables.