Bitter Gourd Seeds (Karela)
BITTER GOURD SEEDS (KARELA)
ABOUT BITTER GOURD: Bitter Gourds (Botanical Name: Momordica charantia ) are tropical / sub-tropical vine crops from the family Cucurbitaceae. It is commonly called the Goya, Karela, Bitter Melon, etc. The plant produces tendril-bearing vines that can grow up to 5 meters in height.
HOW TO GROW BITTER GOURD FROM SEEDS:
- SEEDS: Prior to sowing the seeds, they can be soaked in water overnight. It ensures better germination. Seeds can be first grown in pro-trays (in a coco-peat medium) till they reach 10-15cms in height. Then, they can be transplanted directly into pots or soil. Seeds take 1-2 weeks to germinate. If seedlings are sown in the garden, a spacing of 10-15cms should be maintained between the two plants.
- SUNLIGHT: While in the seedling stage, they can be kept under the shade immediately after sowing for 1-2 days. Then they can be brought under direct sunlight. Bitter gourds grow best under tropical conditions with direct sun exposure for 5-6 hours a day.
- SOIL: A well-drained soil is needed. The plant prefers moist soil throughout its growing season. Large pots (20 liters capacity) with drainage holes should be used.
- WATER: Watering is to be done regularly to maintain moist soil.
- BUILDING TRELLIS: Torai is a climber. Once the plant reaches 15cms, it is important to provide the trellis for the plant to spread its tendrils and grow along the trellis. An 6-8 ft trellis can be made for supporting the plant.
- FERTILIZER: Organic fertilizers like vermicompost or manures can be mixed with the soil for better results. A light water-soluble fertilizer can be applied during the plant’s growth stage. Vegetables need a balanced amount of NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium). Fertilizers that contain all these three nutrients in the same proportions are available like ALL19/ALL 10 etc. Individual fertilizers can also be applied.
Seed Quantity:- 30 Seeds/pack
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