Bitter melon is ripe too young

colhanJuly 28, 2010

I need help to find the root cause and cure for this problem:

I have a big patch of bitter melon and I've been enjoy the fruits, but strating about 2 weeks ago, the young bitter melon (the fruits, not the vines) turn yellow when they're only a finger long.

Thanks in advance for any helps.

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gardendawgie(5)

What is root cause?

I do not think the cause is the root.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 5:30PM
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guavalane

I see a big empty block, what is it meant to be?

Uhm, maturing at small size? I wonder if it's too hot or too much sun?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 7:33PM
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bluebirdie(Z8 SF E Bay)

Other than the temperature guavalane mentioned, could there be a change in pollination pattern? For example, sudden lack of male flowers blooming at the same time or bees?

It's also possible this is due to soil nutrition and moisture.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 2:04PM
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chaman(z7MD)

One of the reasons I think is excessive heat and at the same time scarcity of water.

gardendawgie,
it seems colhan is looking for main reason for melons ripening too young.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 9:06PM
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chaman(z7MD)

Few of bitter melons in my garden are yellowing too but at the earlier time when they are small in size.
Pic. of yellow bitter melon.

I believe this may be due to lack of pollinators as a result of excessive heat and lack of regular watering.I believe it is not due to early ripening of the fruit.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2010 at 4:47PM
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