Aquaponics – First harvest of Bitter Gourd / Pavakka / Kaipakka

Bitter gourd (pavakka) in Aquaponic growbed

We had our first harvest of Bitter Gourd (pavakka). I tried it many times but had pest issues.This time I kept pruning intensive to keep the plant healthy. Too much foliage reduces fruits and also makes the plant susceptible to pests easily. This is especially applicable in Aquaponic systems where plant density within the square footage of growing area is high.

Harvested the first two bitrer gourd early. There seems to be more coming up but yet to see how they will turn out. 

Bitter gourd plant