Hedgeapple.com - Hedgeapple Seed ExperimentThis the results of an experiment using Mr. Knapp's explanation of how the hedge rows were planted in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
- Collected the mature hedgeapples in the fall after they have fallen.
- Placed them in a container that allowed water to collect in the bottom inch but not any higher. This keeps them damp but does not kill the seeds above the water line.
- Left out through the winter allowing it to freeze and let the rain water to come in.
- In early spring I mashed the remaining slurry and planted in a 8 foot shadow trench in my garden.
Same hedge row as above. Picture was taken in Oct., 6 months after planting:
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Here in Western PA we always called them monkey balls. I now own what is left of a few mile ling "row" of osage orange .they line a steep hillside which is also the property line. Crazy looking trees and real hard on the chainsaw blade I think I have 4 boys and 3 girls, the smallest tree is about 2 ft around at the base the largest must be closer to three. Very cool to see these things are everywhere !
Wow, thanks for the informative web-page. A co-worker found a hedge-apple on the ground while driving through Whitnall Park, here in the Milwaukee area, and brought it back to us. We were all amazed by it and didn't know what the heck it was. Since I live with a horticulturist, I quickly found out more on the interesting tree. My friend from work insisted that the tree was not in the area he found the fruit, but told me the general area. I just had to look, and low and behold, there was a tree, right next to the roadway. Awesome! A little further down from there, was another. Yes, they even grow way up here in Wisconsin! Now, after having found out how useful the interesting greenish-yellow fruit is, I'm dying to put it to use! Thanks again!
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Years used: 6
How many used: 12 to 20
Obtained: Grocery Store
Places where used: Basement, Closets, Windows,
Pest After: Spiders and anything else
Spiders: 100% Reduction
Cockroaches: Not Sure
Ants: Not Sure
Slugs: Not Sure
Crickets: Not Sure
Fleas: Not Sure
Date Obtained: August
Any initial activity? Yes
Started Working?: One Week
Duration of Effect: Six Months
How widespread: Widespread, throughout the house
Place them on a container? Rarely
General Comments: I am happy to have found a place to order hedgeballs. Last year I had trouble finding them locally. I can hardly wait for them to arrive!.
Did They Work: Yes
Years used: 0
How many used: 4
Places where used: Kitchen and computer desk
Pest After: roaches
Cockroaches: No Reduction
Date Obtained: September
Any initial activity? No
Started Working?: Never
Duration of Effect: Never
How widespread: Effects were not noticed!
Place them on a container? Always
General Comments: I finally got my order yesterday. It took so long to get them from this company that I actually called my credit card co to dispute the charge with my credit car. There has been absolutely no effect on the roaches. They are still running around everywhere they want to go. Right next to the hedgeapples. This was a complete waste of money. .
Did They Work: No