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Pruning Bitter Gourd

Post  Hasselback on 7/16/2012, 9:23 pm

Hey all.

I am trying bitter gourd/melon for the first time and could use some guidance. I've planted it and trained it up a string just like my cucumbers (considering they are first cousins). It is growing great and I'm starting to get some lateral growth points at each node along the vine (along with a tendril and what I think is a flower/fruit at each node). I plan on pinching off the lateral growth just as I do with my cucumbers. I'm not terribly concerned about maximizing yield from this plant. I'd be happy with just a few fruits from it, and I might try to propagate with the pieces I pinch off.

Does this sound like a sound management plan for the plant?



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Re: Pruning Bitter Gourd

Post  walshevak on 7/16/2012, 10:07 pm

I don't know but the one my daughter in law has growing in NC is taking over a trellis. But then she wants them for her Philippine dishes.



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