Karela Bitter Gourd White
Description for Bitter Gourd
Karela F1 Hybrid Bitter gourd plant is a fast growing creeper and is from the family of vines. It is also known as nutritious gourd and bitter melon. Bitter gourd plants vary shape, size and colour but the medicinal uses make bitter melon more important and distinct than other medicinal plants.
The most important use of bitter gourd is, it reduces the blood sugar level and is very good for diabetic patients. Bitter gourd has lots of medicinal uses so you can plant them easily in your garden.
Scientific Name : Momordica Charantia L.
Family : Cucurbitacea
Best Season : Throughout the year
Nutritional Value : 44 kcal, 5.6 g protein, 290 mg calcium, 5 mg iron, 5.1 mg vitamin A, 170 mg vitamin C per 100 g serving.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Bitter gourd, Bitter melon, Bitter cucumber, Karela (Hindi), Balsam pear, Balsam apple||–||Year round||Bitter melon produces vines that grow 13 to 16 feet long.||Easy|
Planting and care
- Since this is a very fast growing vine, producing many fruits that will rot on moist soil, trellising will reduce diseases and make harvesting easier.
- When the vine reaches the top of its trellis, it is recommended that all lateral branches from the soil up to the 10th node as well as the growing tip of the vine be cut off as this will stimulate the upper branches and produce a higher yield.
Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer Partial to full sun Soil should be fertile, but well-drained, with a pH of 5.5 to 6.7 Keep soil consistently moist. Like other squash or melons, bitter melon fruits develop best when soil moisture remains even. 15 to 30Â°C Add compost into soil before planting. As plants grow, fertilize plants midway through the growing season, or use Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food as a liquid fertilizer, applying more frequently (according to label directions).
Caring for Bitter Gourd
Re-planting bitter gourd:If you wish to re-plant bitter gourd the next season, leave some fruits so that they get completely dried.
- Once fully dried , the fruit will open and you can collect the white or brown colour seeds for further sowing.
When the fruit turns light green in colour and the inside is white, bitter and juicy, you can pluck out the bitter gourd (basically it takes 3-4 months of plantation