Bitter Gourd (Momordica Charantia)

$88.00 incl. GST
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Garden Box Size: 30cm(W) x 45cm(L) x 33cm(H)

Overall Height (from base of Garden Box): 119cm(H)

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Description

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Bitter Gourd is a vining plant.
  • It has deeply lobed leaves and grows in a fashion similar to squash, cucumbers, and watermelon producing vines 13 to 16 feet long if left unpruned.
  • Fruits are oblong and either smooth or warty, usually, about 8 inches (20 cm) long but fruits can vary in length between 2 and 10 inches (5-25 cm) long.
  • The fruit shifts in color from green to yellow to orange as it ripens and over-ripens.
  • The flesh has a watery, crunchy texture, similar to a cucumber.
  • Its common names are Bitter gourd, balsam pear, karela, bitter cucumber, bitter squash, African cucumber, alligator pear, ampalaya, goya.

SOIL REQUIREMENT

  • Plant bitter melons in compost-rich, well-drained soil with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.7.
  • Prepare growing beds in advance of planting by adding aged compost and aged manure.
  • Bitter melons can tolerate less desirable sandy- or siltly-loam soil but good drainage is essential.

FEEDING/FERTILIZER REQUIREMENT

  • Aged compost will feed melon plants.
  • You can also add a slow-release organic fertilizer such as 5-10-10 around plants early in the season.
  • Side-dress plants with aged compost during the growing season to add nutrients and to help retain moisture in the soil.
  • To give plants boost water with compost or comfrey tea every third week during the growing season.

LIGHT REQUIREMENT

  • Bitter gourd thrives in late spring when the summer is just picking up.
  • The crop should receive a minimum of six hours of bright sunlight every day until the seeds germinate.

WATER REQUIREMENT

  • Keep bitter melon planting beds evenly moist; regular water is essential for fruit development and growth.

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