Gourd Seeds - Bitter Melon, Japanese Long

(Momordica charantia) 60-70 days to maturity

Japanese Long Bitter Melon Gourd is best harvested when still green, young and tender. These plants can get very long, up to 12 feet, so make sure they have some good support for optimal results. When the Japanese Long Bitter Melon is harvested early, it is often used in a traditional dish called goya champuru - which includes Bitter Melon, eggs and tofu. 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 (18 C) to germinate, but for best results wait until it is consistently warmer than that before direct sowing outdoors. 

Seeding: 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 (23-29 C). 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

Harvesting: Harvest bitter melon about 12 to 16 weeks after planting and 8 to 10 days after blossom drop when the fruits are 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) long. 
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia. 

Japanese Long Bitter Melon Gourd matures in about 60-70  days and is an open pollinated gourd variety.

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