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Bittermelon in zone 9?

Posted by projectcop 9 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 26, 13 at 5:12

Hi folks;
I have recently found that bittermelon really helps keep my blood sugar numbers down. I would like to grow bittermelon in my side yard. I have abour 6"X 25' to do this. My wife is growing some in the front yard at work in napa, and they seem to be doing well; though they were started late for the season.
Has anyone here grown these, and if so do you have any tips? Also, is there a specific growing season for these or is this something I can grow year-round?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Bittermelon in zone 9?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 30, 13 at 12:52

Subtropical to Tropical, so it wants to stay warm. I would recommend full sun, and reflected heat--reflected heat meaning from nearby light stucco or concrete walls, or concrete pavement--entities that absorb considerable solar heat during the day, and radiate it at night, keeping nearby areas a little warmer than they would otherwise be. If you are considerably inland, with hotter summers and slightly colder winters, frost protection might be needed in winter and more watering required in summer.

Here's an interesting blog entry about cultivation, keep in mind this writer is in India (I think) a more tropical climate, so allow for differences.

Here is a link that might be useful: bitter melon growing

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