Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Balsam Pear, also known as Bitter Melon, is an unusual vine from the Old World tropics that has been cultivated since the early 1700's for its curiously lumpy fruits, bitter yet edible when green, which then ripen to orange and burst open to reveal bright red seeds.
Direct sow seeds outdoors after the last spring frost in a prepared seedbed. Soak seeds for 24 hours before planting and sprout in warm, moist paper towels to improve germination. This warm-season, annual vine requires support and prefers warm soils. Approximately 5 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun||Direct Sow||3/4"||6-12" apart||12-15"H||Tender Annual|