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Bitter melon is a commonly consumed vegetable that is found throughout the sub- tropical world (China, India, Thailand, East Africa, The Caribbean, Central and South America). Bitter melon is a vigorous, tendril-bearing, frost tender, annual vine of the cucumber family that will grow rapidly to 12-20’ long in a single growing season.

Bitter melon: Gourd Green Skin

  • Planting: Plant seedlings in fertile in full, direct sun in well-drained soil (can be amended with compost or worm castings 2 weeks before planting) . Space your plants 12 to 24 inches apart and provide a strong, supportive trellis for best results. No serious insect or disease problems.

    Watering: Water seedlings fequently and deeply when first planted to prevent transplant shock. Once plant is well established, stick to a consistent watering schedule.

    Harvesting: Harvest fruits when they are still young, green, and tender for best results, harvest early and often to encourage fruiting. 

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