Paval Seeds ( Priyanka ) | Bitter Gourd Seeds
Paval Seeds ( Priyanka ) | Bitter Gourd Seeds
Paval Seeds ( Priyanka ) | Bitter Gourd Seeds
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Paval Seeds ( Priyanka ) | Bitter Gourd Seeds

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  • Priyanka: High yielding variety released from the Kerala Agricultural University.
  • Fruits are greenish white in colour.
  • Average yield is 29 t/ha.
  • Resistant to powdery mildew disease.
  • Priyanka is recommended for acid alluvial soils ofKerala.

Seeds Specifications

Common Name Bitter gourd, Bitter melon, Bitter cucumber, Karela (Hindi), Balsam pear, Balsam apple
No. of Seeds 6
Bloom Time Year-round
Difficulty Level Easy

Note : Soak the Seeds for 24hrs in water before planting 

Planting And Care

  • Re-planting bitter gourd: If you wish to re-plant bitter gourd the next season, leave some fruits so that they get completely dried
  • Once fully dried, the fruit will open and you can collect the white or brown colour seeds for further sowing

Bitter Gourd Care

  • Since this is a very fast growing vine, producing many fruits that will rot on moist soil, trellising will reduce diseases and make harvesting easier
  • When the vine reaches the top of its trellis, it is recommended that all lateral branches from the soil up to the 10th node as well as the growing tip of the vine be cut off as this will stimulate the upper branches and produce a higher yield
Sunlight Partial to full sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist. Like other squash or melons, bitter melon fruits develop best when soil moisture remains even.
Soil Soil should be fertile, but well-drained, with a pH of 5.5 to 6.7
Temperature 15 to 30 °C
Fertilizer Add compost into the soil before planting. As plants grow, fertilize plants midway through the growing season.
Harvest Season When the fruit turns light green in colour and the inside is white, bitter and juicy, you can pluck out the bitter gourd (basically it takes 3-4 months of plantation).