'KANTOLA 'seed wanted.

max42(Z6 NY)February 28, 2005

Hi,

There is an indian vegetable called 'kantola (Momordica cochinchinensis).Its related to the bitter melon,I would love to grow it in my garden but am unable to find any seed source for it.If anyone knows where to find it, please post the info.Thank you.

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chaman(z7MD)

I am looking for roots of Kantola.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 9:57PM
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max42(Z6 NY)

Is there an advantage to growing from roots chaman, Ive never grown this vegetable or even seen it growing anywhere but I love the cooked dish that my aunt makes.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2005 at 8:33AM
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chaman(z7MD)

Hi max42,
Kantola is a vine grown from Tuberous root. It is a tropical plant and loves humid hot weather.At the end of monsoon vine will not survive but the tuber in the ground will survive to grow again in next season.Temp. below 45 deg. F will kill the tubers too.
Seeds are easy to germinate but it takes about two years for tubers to mature for fruiting.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2005 at 8:42PM
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max42(Z6 NY)

Thanks for the explanation, I am always amazed by your extensive knowledge,Hopefully we will succed in our quest for growing this plant.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2005 at 8:49PM
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chaman(z7MD)

Hi max42,
Thanks for compliment.
Have good day.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 12:57PM
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devi_az

Hi Charman,
Were you able to find Kantola root? What is the source?
Thanks,
Devi

    Bookmark   November 27, 2006 at 4:44PM
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chaman(z7MD)

Hello Devi,

No.I have not found any source for Kantola seeds or roots.I am looking for Parvar (Tricosanthes diocia Roxb.) seeds and roots too.Parvar needs male and female plants for pollination.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2006 at 10:34AM
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eswar(7b)

I could not get Kantola seeds or roots even in India (Andhra Pradesh) (Aakakara kaya).

Several years I literally begged someone with pavar vines for seeds, tubers or even cuttings.
He is a commercial grower and no Luck. He said no way.

Now I am even unable to find a cultivar of Tindora, all green, small, no vertical stripes, and slightly sour in taste. I have the common easily available one with stripes.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2006 at 1:21PM
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arugangasani_hotmail_com

Hi
I planted two KANTOLA seeds from ripen kantola. It seems both male plants.flowers look like karela.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 9:29AM
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