Plant Care Bitter melon

Bitter melon

About Bitter melon

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

How to care for Bitter melon

Water

How often to water your Bitter melon

Water needs for Bitter melon
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 melon

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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Finding light for Bitter melon in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bitter melon does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bitter melon in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Bitter melon

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bitter melon: 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 melon after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bitter melon 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!


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Care Summary for Bitter melon

Bitter melon

Bitter melon


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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