Health benefits of bitter gourd more than compensate for its slightly bitter taste. It keeps blood sugar levels in check, fights cholesterol, cleanses the liver, and catalyzes weight loss. When cooked the right way, it tastes delicious.
Level of difficulty to grow:
Days to maturity: 45-50 Days
Plant spacing: 47 x 18 inches
Light Requirement: Expose the plants to full sun during the day.
Soil Requirement: Bitter gourd requires well-drained, light, and nutrient-rich soil.
Water Requirement: Keeping the soil moist at all times is vital. Do not overwater your plants or let the soil dry up.
Harvesting: Pluck out your first harvest once the bitter gourd fruits mature. The plant will yield fruits for 45 days after this.
Growing Tip: Soak the required number of seeds in water overnight before sowing for better germination. Sow 3-4 seeds per dibble and cautiously remove the non germinated seeds after the seedling grows. The plant will require staking.
Important Sowing Tips: Soak the required number of seeds in water overnight before sowing for better germination. Sow 3-4 seeds per dibble and cautiously remove the non germinated seeds after the seedling grows. Once the plant grows __ feet tall, it will require staking.
Prepare your pot with soil. Sow 3-4 seeds in a 5 cm deep hole in each pot or in holes located 120 cm apart from each other if being grown in a garden. Cover it with a thin layer of soil and water it slowly and carefully, making sure the soil is moist at all times.
Once you see a seedling growing, cautiously check for non-germinated seeds at that point and remove them out.
After 60-80 days, you can pluck out your first harvest. The plant will yield fruit for another 30 days after harvesting.
*As Bitter Gourd is a climber plant, it will need staking.