Number One Bitter Melon Seeds

This packet sows up to 3 mounds.
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The bitterness of bitter melon (also called balsam pear) is due to quinine, one of the reasons it is used in Asian medicines, as it is considered to have medicinal qualities. The sharp flavor softens as it absorbs other flavors while cooking. Bitter melon has a pleasant cooling effect when eaten in the heat of summer. This shorter variety's 6'-8' vine is best grown on a trellis or fence.
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Botanical Name: Momordica charantia (hybrid)

Days to Maturity: 90 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer

Plant Dimensions: 6'–8' trailing or climbing vine

Variety Information: 8"–9" (at maturity) long, oval, tapering to a point at each end. When young, bitter melon is yellowish green with lumps and ripens to yellow and then bright orange. Monoecious (both male and female flowers appearing on any given plant). Also called bitter gourd, karela, or balsam pear.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Recommended for short–season areas. 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting within 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Sow into biodegradable pots that can be directly planted in the ground; roots are sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: 3/4"

Seed Spacing: 2 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing: 24" on a trellis or fence

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"

Harvesting: Most gardeners harvest fruit at 4"-6" before it turns orange. When the outside of the fruit turns orange, the pulp softens, sweetens, and turns scarlet. Many find the fruit texture undesirable at this stage. Bitterness levels may vary from fruit to fruit.

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