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Bitter melon is ripe too young

Posted by colhan tx (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 28, 10 at 21:52

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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RE: Bitter melon is ripe too young

What is root cause?

I do not think the cause is the root.

RE: Bitter melon is ripe too young

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?

RE: Bitter melon is ripe too young

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.

RE: Bitter melon is ripe too young

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

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

RE: Bitter melon is ripe too young

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.Bitter melons

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.

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