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Momordica charantia

GOURD – JAPANESE BITTER MELON is a variety that produces medium sized fruit 15-20cm long it has dark green skin. Strong bitter taste ideal for soups, stews & stir-fry.  Bitter gourds require a long hot humid summer with ample water. A delicate  climbing vine, ensure a sturdy support is available to  grow on as this will promote better cropping. Seeds  must be kept warm at all times to germinate, ideally  between 25 – 30C. Will fail if exposed to cold wet  conditions. This bitter melon is very popular in Japan & has a very tasty flavour. Fruits should be harvested for vegetable uses while young & green


Plant 2.5cm deep, 30 cm apart. Early plants can be sown in seedling pots for later transplanting. Prepare well-drained soil with compost & well-rotted manure. Young leaves & shoots are edible. This plant thrives in heat & humidity, & as summer temperatures rise, vines grow quickly.


Germination Time (Days) 3 – 12
Maturity Time (Days) 60 – 70
Sowing Depth (mm) 25
Plant Spacing (cm) 30
Row Spacing (cm) 50
pH 5 – 6
Soil Temperature (°C)
Hardy / Frost Tender Frost Tender
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings Raise Seedlings
Seed Preparation

Detailed Planting Guide PDF Download

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