The hedge apple or Osage orange is said to have beneficial uses. This is a guide about what hedge apples are good for.
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There are no chemicals involved so I guess it's a green tip. If you have a problem with roaches, ants, mice, or other pests inside the house, gather some crab apples and place them around your basement, crawl space, and foundation of your house. My in-laws have done this for years and haven't even seen a trace of a pest or rodent.
By Tammy from Cookeville, TN
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Are hedge apples OK to eat?
By Elaine S.11/05/2012
I agree with Grandma, we call them Hedge Apples or Osage Orange. The idea that they help to keep bugs away from your home is a misnomer though. Google it, you will find it is not true.
When collecting the hedge apples to use for cancer treatment, can you collect them from the tree or do you need to let them fall off first?
By Alharston from Scottsville, KY
I became very interested in this topic because we had a patient that was eating the hedge apple because of what he heard from the Amish. He is now bleeding throughout his lungs and may not live. He did not tell anyone that he was using the hedge apple but it has messed up his clotting cascade and may not live. Feel it is very important for anyone to tell their doctor or family they are using it, in the event some problem arises. Please be careful.
Is a crab apple the same thing as a hedge apple? I noticed in one of the comments someone mentioned crab apple. As a youngster in south Mississippi I remember crab apples. I want to remember that kids ate them, but I may be remembering wrong.
They are not the same. Crab apples literally look like tiny apples on a tree. The hedge apples are big and greenish in color.
Do you cut the hedge apples in half before placing them around your house for pest control or leave them whole?
By Glenda from KS
You use them whole, but think long and hard before you do this! I did this as I don't like spiders and thought this method would be great as it doesn't involve chemicals. Well, what ended up happening was a ton of gnats came to visit, drawn to the hedge apples. :-( I won't do this again.
I want to put hedge apples in my basement to repel rodents, spiders, and other pests, but I don't know how many to place down there. Do I put them in groups or singly scatter? Do I need 5 or 50? We have a basement that is around 1000 square ft.
By ERK from eastern IA
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Does anyone know what Hedge Apples are good for? I thought they were a spider deterrent?
Mary from LeRoy, IL
By Carla B
Does anyone have any ideas for Hedge Apples? I picked a bunch from some trees in the country. I've heard they will repel spiders. Any craft ideas? Are they poisonous? Excited to find out.
Sharon from Stockham, NE
I tried slicing some and drying them in the oven for using in natural dried flower arrangements. I have to agree it is not worth the trouble. On the other hand, I like the bright green color and interesting texture. To maybe put in a bright orange bowl for a temporary, unusual centerpiece. (10/13/2008)
By Judy M.