Balsam Apple, Cundeamor
Momordica balsamina

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee)
Genus: Momordica (mo-MOR-di-ka)
Species: balsamina (bal-SAM-in-uh)

Category
Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color
Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics

Water Requirements
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow

Height
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Danger
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage
Herbaceous

Other details

Soil pH requirements
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information
Non-patented

Propagation Methods
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds