Planting and Preparation for Hedgeapple Seeds


The hedgeapple tree (Maclura pomifera), also known as Osage-orange, bears neither apples nor oranges, but fruit that is ugly and inedible. Native to the United States, it was originally cultivated for use as fencing. At maturity, the hedgeapple tree will reach 30 to 50 feet in height, 30 feet in width and sport strong, thorny branches. The hedgeapple tree does best when planted in full sun in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9. Plant the hedgeapple seeds in the spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 1

Place the seeds in a bowl of cold water, and allow them to soak for 48 hours. Change the water after 24 hours.

Step 2

Pull or hoe weeds in the planting area.

Step 3

Pour a three-inch layer of sand onto the soil, and use the gardening fork to mix it to a depth of eight inches.

Step 4

Water the planting area until the water puddles. Allow it to drain, and then water again.

Step 5

Plant the hedgeapple seeds three-eighths of an inch deep in rows one foot apart. Firm the soil with your hands. Keep the soil moist, not saturated. Your hedgeapple seeds should sprout within three weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Hoe
  • Gardening fork
  • Sand


  • University of Georgia: Osage Orange: An American Traveler
  • University of Florida: Maclura pomifera
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