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Bitter Gourd Seeds - India - Hybrid. Non-GMO. Momordica charantia. 40-55 days to maturity. Warm season annual. Bitter gourd is also known as bitter melon, karella and balsam pear. The India type bitter melon has dark green skin of this hybrid's 6-8" fruits are heavily warted. The spindle-shaped melons taper at both ends, and overall they are narrower than a Chinese bitter melon. Growers prefer this variety for its early maturity and long-lasting, generous yield. Approx 125 seeds / oz.
Important Growing Tip: Bitter Gourds like warmer temperatures. Plant only in late spring or early summer when risk of frost is well past. Bitter gourd seeds require temperatures of 65 F (18 C) to germinate, but for best results wait until it is consistently warmer than that before direct sowing outdoors.
Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. In warm areas, sow seeds in late spring/summer after last frost in a sunny location. For better germination, sprout seeds indoors by soaking in water for 24 hours. Wrap in wet paper towel and keep warm between 75-85°F. Plant when seeds sprout. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest. Low soil temperatures may result in low or no germination. Popular in Indian dishes. Often prepared with potatoes and served with yogurt to offset the bitter flavor. Recommended as a healthy food by the American Diabetic Association.
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