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nitin
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July 14, 2012 - 11:30 am
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Dear friends,

I am growing karela ( bitter melon) and bottle gourd in my balcony. Both Creepers are growing very well and I am getting a large number of yellow (bitter mellon) and white (bottle gourd) flowers. But there is no fruit. I had almost got 80+ 30 flowers till now. But I have one bottle gourd and one baby bitter melon. Plants are around 2 month old.

There is ample sunlight of around 6-8 hours.

What shall I do to increase productivity? I am regularly adding Compost (bought from SPAR, brand Bio-compost) and Vermiculite to plants.

 

nitin

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Jay
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I think adding Jeewamritha or EM (Effective Microorganisms) solutions would encourage the plants to bear fruits. I have also planted Bitter Gourds, but they have not reached the stage of bearing flowers. I shall update you when they start bearing flowers and fruits.

~Jay

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nitin
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Thanks Jay,

Where i can buy these items?

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geekgardener
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nitin,
vermiculite is of no nutritional value to plants. it only increases the water holding capacity and also improves texture (little bit). compost addition will be of help. bitter gourd needs pollination to set fruits. most of the flowers could be make flowers. the ratio of male to female is usally about 10-14:1 . This is just an observation , your mileage might vary..don't sue me 🙂

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nitin
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I thought vermiculite provide a lot of nutrition and it gets saled here in my area at in one kg bag for Rs 50!

Ratio of flowers on creeper is much high around 25:1. Other problem which is peculiar of bottle gourd is that baby female buds slowly starts turning brown and dies out! I have photo of that in album https://plus.google.com/photos/117160771024579396482/albums/5768417027072537217  Could this fungal problem ( i am told powdery dew) be the cause?

This is not happening with male flowers. For Pollination I do not have much help from insects!  I am pretty clueless about this.

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dear friends,

 I have a lemon tree which flowerd for the first time this season after 3-4 years... but none of the flower bear any fruit... and now the tree has grown lots of branches with huge amount of foliage. This is the first time I have grown lemon tree so don't know much about it... If anyone knows any thing about lemons... Please share.

 

yogesh

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I have a similar thing with ridge gourd. There are fruit bearing flowers, but they turn pale and do not grow. So far out of 10-15 fruit bearing flowers only one has become a fruit. I think pollination helped but not sure.

 

For bitter gourd, there are lots of male flowers and very few 4-5 female flowers. I pollinated 2-3 and they seem to grow well.

 

There were lots of insects in both gourd plants and even on okra. the leaves would curl and plants would not grow further. Spraying gau-mutra mixed with water and cutting off infested branches has helped. Today I have prepared organic insecticide. Eager to spray it tomorrow.

 

The plants are in pots in balcony with a soil mix of cow dung, some vermi-compost and neemcake.

 

Will adding more vermi-compost help in survival for fruits? Any other suggestions are welcome as well.

 

Thanks,

Pankaj

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great discussion, i also have got the same lemon tree and tomato plant problem.....

 

awaiting for more solutions

 

why the thread has stopped???Cry

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Another observation: The fruit bearing flowers in bitter gourd suddenly shot up when heat picked up after rains. Same with bottle gourd as well.

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 Hai,Nitin&pjoshi,to encourage females you should pruned the gourds at initial growing stage now this stage is passed.1)Apply less nitrogen fertilizer.2)Apply pangavya as 20% to roots&foliarly weakly  once.This is rich in P&K useful for fruiting.Happy gardening.  

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would like some tips on when and how to prune gourds and also which are the plants of gourd family that can be pruned .

I have seedlings of snake gourd ridge gourd and bottle gourd

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Hai usha madam i am having experience in pruning rigid/bitter/snake gourds.Prune the end of main stem when it reaches 1mtr long this will shock the plant ,and laterals begin to grow from end.Allow 4 laterals from the main end,remove all the laterals below till the bottom end of plant.  The main stem will produce only male flowers &laterals produce females.When the laterals produce 6 leaves prune the end,allow the 6 leaves to produce 2nd generation laterals,repeat the process for remaining laterals.This process will endure grow of laterals only,theme in this is vine wants to grow fast by, pruning the main shoot which giving male flowers having habit of growing lengthy puts its energy to laterals which is giving females.Repeat the process again as for you follow the growth.Over all pruning leads only females.

 

  

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Hi.

 

It can be that your plants are getting TOO much nitrogen... which causes leaf/plant growth at the expense of fruit

maybe addding something that contains.. phosphorus....will help

check if you are adding too much of some additive/fertilizer that mainly has a high nitrogen ratio (which is the case with many)

 

regards.

Darkstorm

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Sudhir Nair
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Yes I had the same problem with my Bitter gourd will try pruning them now.Is the same rule applicable to Water melon as well because I see lots of male flowers and less of female flowers.

 

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Sudhir

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Hai sudhir regarding to water melon the planting season is from Nov to Jan in Tamilnadu.Sowing done after this season leads to poor yield.I planted in rice sacks i get 1 fruit/plant.Spray panjagavya 3% foliarlly 2 times/weak.Hand pollinate females with males it give good result.Thank you.

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