Bitter Melon Number One Seeds

Bitter Melon Number One Seeds

Momordica charantia (hybrid)

Item #0122

90 days. 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 suspected to have medicinal qualities. The sharp flavor softens as it absorbs other flavors while cooking. Bitter melon has an unusual cooling effect when eaten in the heat of summer. See inside of packet for cooking hints and suggestions! This shorter variety's 6'-8' vine is best grown on a trellis or fence. Perennial in tropical climates. This packet sows up to 3 mounds.

This packet sows up to 3 mounds.

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Days to Emerge:
10-20 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
2 seeds every 2'

Mound Spacing:
2' or sow on a trellis/fence

When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 2'

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when soil temperature is at least 70°F, ideally 70°-90°F.

When to start inside: Recommended for short season climates. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting.

Special sowing instructions: Scarify and soak seeds in water for 12 to 24 hours prior to sowing. Sensistive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots.

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