I’ve been keeping an eye on our bittergourd vines to see if there’s any difference in the size of the fruits this year.
Well our vine last year grew in a big pot that was also occupied by a bushy dracaena surculosa plant. I suspected that it restricted the size of the fruits, although the vine certainly grew vigorously.
This year, we grew the vines in the ground, and me being so curious, I wanted to see if the fruits would grow any bigger, even though our bittergourds are probably from one of the smaller varieties.
I don’t know for sure because our plants are volunteers – the seeds were dispersed into our garden by birds, and just grew.
So far, the fruits have been around 6 to 7cm long – similar to last year. However, one just grew that’s the longest so far, at about 10cm! It may have been an anomaly, or it could be a sign of things to come. Time will reveal…