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.


Momordica charantia

Also known as

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

How to care for Bitter Squash


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 Orlando, Florida.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

59% Medium

Growing Bitter Squash in Orlando right now

Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Orlando, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Orlando is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Orlando, Florida

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 19.1% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Orlando is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Orlando is expected to decrease by 19.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Bitter Squash in Orlando, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Orlando is getting an average of 8.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.2 total hours of dayl…

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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 maximize the potential for growth.

Bitter Squash does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Orlando, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


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.

When to repot Bitter Squash

Nutrient needs for plant Bitter Squash in Orlando, Florida

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 27th, 2021

The growing potential in Orlando is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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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
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bitter Squash

Bitter Squash

Bitter Squash

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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