Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon, Balsam Pear 'White Pearl'

Momordica charantia

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

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

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Water Requirements:

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Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

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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:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 12, 2017, dianarig from Festus, MO wrote:

I saw this amazing plant this weekend and want to grow this exact variety as pictured on your website. Can anyone tell me where to get seeds?

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On Feb 12, 2008, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This hybrid variety grows beautiful white bitter melons that are very marketable in the marketplace, attractive in your backyard and tasty on the dinner table. Tender and high quality fruits with slightly bitter taste are very popular in Taiwan, for stir-fry, salad, stuffing and soup. Fruits are 6-9 inches long and about 3 inches in diameter. In Taiwan, fruits are often protected and covered using paper sleeves, by closing the top end but keeping the bottom end open, to block the sunlight exposure and to minimize skin scratch during the fruit growth, to obtain beautiful fruits.

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