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Bitter gourds stunted leaves,fruits and flowers turning dark green,tiny and shrivelled
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October 4, 2011 - 8:33 am
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I have a few bitter gourd plants(the light green,less bitter variety)grown in synthetic bags on my roof top.The yield was not satisfactory,the fruits were small(about 5 inches).After harvesting about 10-12 from 5 plants,we decided to use NPK 18.18.18(used twice in a month)apart from organic manure.The leaves from the bottom were turning yellow and drying up,hence I had to cut off the affected  ones(about 8-10 per plant).After a while we started using 19.19.19.I dont relate the present problem to NPK,because I had noticed the terminal ends(new sprouts) turning dark green,the leaves were parchment-like and shrunken from the day the plants started flowering.The fruits are taking eons to grow(I'm pretty sure they will stop at 1-2 inches or so).Today I noticed that the new fruits are so tiny and deep green with a small yellow "something" at the tips which are so called flowers.The male flowers are all intense green.Can anyone help me with this please?

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October 9, 2011 - 8:22 pm
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Hai,Green what is the size of the synthetic bag & what is the number of plants in each bag?Confused        

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Its a standard sized sterling bag with just one plant per bag.I googled myself and  found that it is a disease called phyllody.Cry

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Hai, please remove the top soil layer in the bag &fill with garden soil+composed leaf manure+new neem cake.Apply 3% panchagvya solution at 15 days interval .Cool

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thanks for the tip reghu.Smile

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