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camaroon123
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August 4, 2011 - 7:55 pm

Pictures of Malabar spinach and bitter groud. I did not know when to pick the snake groud and it started ripening. 

https://picasaweb.google.com/108518627605551359848/SpinachSnakeGroud?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPvynK_ojPfDOA&feat=directlink

I seem to have a good luck with climbers.

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Srikanth
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August 4, 2011 - 9:55 pm
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Awesome. Looks great. BTW, it is not snake gourd, it is bitter gourd.

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August 4, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Thanks Srikanth. Too much excitement about the snake gourd that everything looks like it. These photos were taken about a week ago.

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Hi,camaroon 123 Pictures of bitter guards are fine.Please give good support &enough light to ensure too many vines production and good harvest.Thanks.

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Awesome! Btw we drove the other day through your street and I could see lots of yellow flowers on that trellis at the beginning of your garden. Those were snake gourds? Looked great. Maybe thats what you are waiting for. Good luck.

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August 13, 2011 - 9:22 pm

@Raghu, thanks for the comments. In the Bitter gourd, noticed that there are 2 more on the way and a couple of female flowers on the plant. I am planning to build a structure similar to the one for malabar spinach. i am pretty impressed by the yield and taste of the bitter gourd.

@Jeev, If you remember you were the first one to spot flowers in the plant. If you have a look at the pictures in the other thread, I have picture of both male and female flowers of snake groud. I am pretty impressed by this plant as well. 

Except the bitter gourd, malabar spinach and snake gourd all other plants have been failures. Hoping to have some success int he terrace.

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Hello everyone,

I have a bitter gourd wine growing and it flowers too. A couple of karelas too have grown but very tiny, they are not growing big, hardly a couple of inches n then they begin to ripen. Any suggestions will be most welcome.

Rgds

Shaheen

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August 17, 2011 - 9:33 pm

The small bitter gourds with the flowers at the ends are female flowers. Yellow Male flowers just stick out. Pollination needs to happen for the female flower to grow into bitter gourd. Intially a few female flowers will just fall giving the appearance of ripening. So you need to see if you have both types of flowers in the area and if there are natural pollinators around to do the job for you. I had a few flowers of both types last week. I will check this week if I can get some photos.

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September 4, 2011 - 9:01 am

I have been having a bounty of bitter gourds. The rains seem to have helped. Had another yield of 3 bitter gourds. Around 10 seem be on the way. I have updated the pictures int he album.

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My bitter gourd plant is producing a lot of male flowers, but no female flowers so far. Anyone know what triggers the production of female flowers?

 

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Generally hot weather inhibits production of female flowers but that might not be the case in September. Try spraying Borax.

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Please try the tips in this link,

http://www.avrdc.org/LC/cucurb.....rgourd.pdf

 

This is a great site for vegetable growers.

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