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PlantFiles: Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon
Momordica charantia 'Delica Thorn'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Momordica (mo-MOR-di-ka) (Info)
Species: charantia (char-AN-tee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Delica Thorn

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Heeve On Nov 2, 2013, Heeve from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Have tons of this plant, flowers and fruits abound in the fall here. Fruits turn bright orange when ripe and appear quickly once flowering starts. Ripe fruit "pod" is as the name suggests, bitter. But, the seeds inside of the ripe fruit are covered in a red pulp that is very tasty and lightly sweet, the seeds themselves are a white color. The green or unripe fruits are often used in various dishes.

Flowers are a small and delicate pale yellow and open fully in shade and partially or even fully close in direct sunlight.

Plant is viney and can climb quite high if given the opportunity. Am currently using this as a fence "covering" mixed with Passiflora Belotii and the combo in early fall looks great with the purple passion flowers contrasting with the bright orange fruits of this little gourd.

Neutral Farmerdill On May 5, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Available from AgroHaitai which offers this description; "An early variety. Vigorous growing and disease resistant. The fruits are average 15-20cm long and 9-12 cm wide. They are crisp, tender and delicious."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sebring, Florida

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