Bitter Melon, Balsam Apple and Gac Fruit are vigorous annual to perennial vines within the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae) and are native to tropical Asia. They are fast growing and have lobed leaves and medium-sized white or bright yellow flowers followed by pale green fruits which turn to a dazzling bright orange with maturity. Fruits contain various seeds covered with a spectacular scarlet flesh. On maturity the fruits open like a flower to reveal the seeds. Immature and cooked fruits from some species are used in tradionally Asian cookery and medicine. Easily grown in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the growing season. Excellent for a warm wintergarden or greenhouse, where they are free-flowering and produce several fruits per plant.
Sow seeds flat in any rich, well drained soil. Keep pots in a sunny and very warm spot at a minimum of some 20°C. Germination is over a longer period, and may take up to three months. Plants require a climbing aid.
7 seeds per package, unless not stated differently.