60-70 days. With large, climbing vines and yellow flowers, this Japanese bitter melon produces dark green, heavily warted fruits. The leaves and shoots are also edible. Bitter melon is traditionally eaten in curries, soups or stir fries. If you soak the flesh in salt water, a lot of the bitter flavor is leached out, making for a much milder vegetable.
Minimum of 10 seeds per packet.
Planting Depth: 3/4-1 inch
Plant Spacing: 6-10 inches
Row Spacing: 24-30 inches
Soak seeds overnight to aid in germination. Direct seed in late spring after danger of frost has passed.