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Germination of

Momordica cochinchinensis

Momordica cochinchinensis: Gac Fruit, Bitter Gourd, Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet Gourd, Gentleman's Toes, Baby Jack

Momordica cochinchinensis

Momordica cochinchinensis, commonly known as the spiny bitter gourd, is a tropical vine that produces elongated fruits with spiny skin. To propagate the plant, collect ripe fruits and extract the seeds. Soak the seeds in water for 24-48 hours to soften the seed coat and improve germination. Plant the seeds in a well-draining potting mix, about 1/2 inch deep, and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Place the pot in a warm, bright location, such as a windowsill or under grow lights. The seeds should germinate within 1-2 weeks. Once the seedlings have developed their second set of true leaves, they can be transplanted into individual pots.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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