Plant Care Bitter Squash

Bitter Squash

About Bitter Squash

Momordica charantia is a vigorous, tendril-bearing, frost tender, annual vine of the cucumber family that will grow rapidly to 12-20’ long in a single growing season. Start seed indoors about 4 weeks prior to last spring frost date.

Taxonomy

Momordica charantia
Momordica
Cucurbitaceae
Cucurbitales

Also known as

Bitter melon, Bitter melon, Bitter gourd, Bitter squash, Bitter apple, Karela and Balsam-pear

How to care for Bitter Squash

Water

How often to water your Bitter Squash

Water needs for Bitter Squash
0.5 cups
every 9

Bitter Squash needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bitter Squash

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Bitter Squash in Edmond, Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

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Growing Bitter Squash in Edmond right now

Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Edmond, Oklahoma

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Edmond is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Edmond, Oklahoma

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26.7% ☀️

November 25th, 2021

Edmond is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Edmond is expected to decrease by 26.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Edmond, Oklahoma

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Edmond is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of daylight…

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Finding light for Bitter melon in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bitter Squash: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bitter Squash love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Edmond, Oklahoma ⛅.

Bitter Squash does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Bitter Squash

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bitter Squash: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bitter Squash after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bitter Squash is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
Fertilizer
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Growing Outdoors
Propagation

Care Summary for Bitter Squash

Bitter Squash

Bitter Squash


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Edmond, Oklahoma, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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