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Ripe Balsam Pear
Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon)
Growing Balsam Pears (aka Bitter Melons)
Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds
Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds
Ripe Balsam Pear Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Growing Balsam Pears (aka Bitter Melons) Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds
Ripe Balsam Pear Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Growing Balsam Pears (aka Bitter Melons) Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon) Seeds

Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon)

10 Seeds

$ 3.99

(Momordica charantia) Tropical vine produces bizarre, green warty fruit that ripen to yellow-orange before bursting open to reveal slimy, red-coated seeds.  Widely grown in parts of Asia and Africa where it is used in traditional cuisine as well as in medicine.  This particular strain originates from Thomas Jefferson's collection at Monticello.  Fruit have a very bitter taste and are best eaten while still green and crunchy.  Vines grow 12-15 feet.  60-70 days to harvest.  10 seeds/pkt.

CULTURE:  After danger of frost has passed, sow seeds 1ft apart, 1/2" deep along a trellis or fence line. Germination can be improved by soaking seeds for 24 hours prior to sowing. Under ideal conditions, seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days.

(Momordica charantia) Tropical vine produces bizarre, green warty fruit that ripen to yellow-orange before bursting open to reveal slimy, red-coated seeds.  Widely grown in parts of Asia and Africa where it is used in traditional cuisine as well as in medicine.  This particular strain originates from Thomas Jefferson's collection at Monticello.  Fruit have a very bitter taste and are best eaten while still green and crunchy.  Vines grow 12-15 feet.  60-70 days to harvest.  10 seeds/pkt.

CULTURE:  After danger of frost has passed, sow seeds 1ft apart, 1/2" deep along a trellis or fence line. Germination can be improved by soaking seeds for 24 hours prior to sowing. Under ideal conditions, seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days.

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Lalita Sankaran
Bitter melon

Sadly, there are no signs of the melon sprouting in the ground after 3 weeks! I was going to plant a 2nd round in a pot indoors and see what happens.
Do you have any suggestions??
Thanks, Lalita Sankaran

Hi Lalita, thanks for your review. The biggest challenge with growing bitter melon is to keep the soil very warm and moist during germination. When starting indoors, we use a grower's heat mat with a soil temp of at least 85 degrees. A dome over the top will help the soil stay moist until the seeds are up. We'll get some more seeds headed your way so you can try another round.


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