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Bitter Melon

Average seed life: 1 year.

Bitter Melon Edible Gourd

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75-90 days. AKA Bitter Gourd, the Balsam Pear. This unique Edible Gourd is coveted in Asia, Indonesia, Latin America, India and Australia for its cool, cleansing, bitter quinine-citrus taste and bracing, grassy aroma. It is the size and shape of an apple-green Cucumber with deeply furrowed, smooth-skin and lightly crisp to supple flesh when mature. Bitter Melon should be started indoors 4 weeks before setting out when night temperatures stay above 55°F. Grow them like Cucumbers and support the vines with a tall trellis, netting or strings to keep the fruit straight. Harvest them regularly to encourage production when they are 3" to 8" long and the fruit is firm, before they turn orange. Then, enjoy them in much the same way as you would Zucchini. (OP.)

One packet of about 15 seeds
Catalog #2956
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Gardening Tips

Bitter Melon Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Row Spacing:36”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination:5-10 days
Germination Temperature:75°-85°F

Edible Gourds thrive in heat. Start transplants indoors 4 weeks before setting out 2 weeks after the last frost date (night temperatures must stay above 55°F). Plant 4 seeds per 4" pot or 2 seeds per peat pot in sterile starter mix. Pamper with minimum 65°F temperatures, plenty of light, air circulation and even moisture (never soggy). Harden off seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks. Keep fragile seedlings untangled. Edible Gourds may also be direct sown 2 weeks after the danger of frost has passed to a sunny, well-draining, rich garden bed (minimum of 55°F overnight). Water regularly. Feed as needed with manure tea, kelp or fish emulsion. Black plastic sheeting helps warm the soil and reduces weeds. Trellis vines to keep fruit straight. Harvest 3" to 8" long when the fruit is firm, before any orange coloration. Regular picking encourages production.

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