Arhat Fruit (Momordica grosvenori), packet of 7 seeds

$4.95

Family:  Cucumber (Cucurbitaceae)

Hardy to Zone 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted vine, brought indoors for winter.

(Siraitia grosvenori, grosvenorii, Luo-han-guo, Monk Fruit)  Herbaceous perennial dioecious vine native to southwestern China.  Dioecious means having the male and female reproductive organs borne on separate individuals.  Cultivated in northern Kwangsi by the Miao-tze peoples who grow it in the mountain forests. Traditional usage (TCM): tonifies the yin, upper respiratory infection and gastric upset.  The entire plant is gently pubescent, and the fruits are densely covered in down, ovoid or rounded and extremely sweet. The fruits are being touted as the next “stevia” for use in sugar-free soft drinks.   This is a comely vine, with leaves heart shaped and entire, and the yellow flowers seductive, arising from a perennial caudex, the dearly beloved of collectors.  Soak seeds very thoroughly before planting.  I have had good results with seeds soaked for as long as 4 days and nights, in water at room temperature (see photo).   Plant in fast-draining mix (deep sand or cactus mix) in a good solar greenhouse or under grow lights.  I plant the seeds deeply (about 2 inches deep) and I keep the planting warm and on the dry side.  The seeds are already swelled by soaking, and frequent watering seems to dissuade them from germination.  I had a whole batch germinate in 34 days and watered them only 3 times during that timeperiod.  I have had frequent failures with seed watered daily.  Germ in 3 to 6 weeks.  Transplant to rich hills in garden and provide trellis, or use a 3 to 5 gallon pot and grow in the greenhouse.  Traditional agricultural methods call for some shade in the cultivation of this unusual gourd, and warm/foggy conditions are best for growth and fruit maturation, which occurs about 240 days after planting. The long maturation period is one reason growers in the temperate north will want to keep this plant greenhoused.

7 Seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s

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