A popular newcomer to the pre- type 2 Diabetic supplements, Bitter Melon is relative of the cucumber and has been popular in China, India and Vietnam for a very long time.
The seeds are easy to strike with germination being very high with our fresh seed.
They can be germinated in a pot and planted out when they are old enough, or strike them where you hope they will grow and take it from there.
The seedlings of Bitter Melon need to be protected from chill, wind and strong sunlight.
They can climb on and over fences and trellis’s or, to conserve space and resource we often plant them in the same bed as the pumpkins.
They tend to take up the waste ground left by the high leafing pumpkins and do not mind the dappled shade created by the taller leaves.
The fruit of Bitter Melon is rich in vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, potassium and iron. (Philippines Food and Nutrition Research Institute (1980), and Rasco and Castillo (1990)).
6 fresh seeds
Degree of difficulty in germination…..3/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult)