ampalaya Archive

Growing Ampalaya with Cost and Return Analysis

Ampalaya (Momordica charantia) is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in the Philippines for its edible fruit. As the English name suggests (bitter melon or bitter gourd), the melon has a bitter taste due to the presence of momordicin, and is believed to be among the most bitter of all

Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd, The Natural Medicine

Perhaps not too many people know that there are natural weapons against diseases which can be grown right in the garden or farm. One such weapon is the wrinkly green vegetable with a distinctive bitter taste called ampalaya. Known in the science world as ‘Momordica charantia,’ it is called bitter gourd or bitter melon. In

Guide to Growing Bitter Gourd (Ampalaya), Part 2 Management

Option 2. Transplanting Sow seeds in small plastic pots or containers using a potting mix that has good water-holding capacity and good drainage such as peat moss, commercial potting soil, or a potting mix prepared from soil, compost, rice hull, and vermiculite or sand. Plant two or three seeds per container and thin to a

Guide to Growing Bitter Gourd (Ampalaya), Part 3 Harvest

Pollinating Flowers of bitter gourd are first developed 45 to 55 days after sowing and vines will bloom for about six months. Flowers are cross-pollinated by insects, especially bees. Pollination can be a problem during the wet season since bees are less active during overcast conditions. Each flower opens at sunrise and remains viable for

Guide to Growing Bitter Gourd (Ampalaya), Part 1 Planting

Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) is one of the most popular vegetables in Southeast Asia. It is a member of the cucurbit family along with cucumber, squash, watermelon, and muskmelon. Native to China or India, the fast-growing vine is grown throughout Asia and is becoming popular worldwide. Depending on location, bitter gourd is also known as