Hedge Apples, Spider Repellent, Crafts

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1Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail USPS box FULL to BRIM of Hedge Apples. Approx. 9 to 12 hedge balls to a box.

9 TO 12 HEDGE BALLS IN MEDIUM SIZE USPS PRIORITY MAIL FLAT RATE BOX

Average size: 4”-14” round

THESE ARE FRESH, RIPE, AND PICKED RIGHT OFF THE TREE AS WE SHIP EACH ORDER. THE FRESHEST HEDGE APPLES YOU CAN GET!!

Life span of Horse Apples varies greatly with the conditions of the environment in which the Hedge Apples are located. Average in home use is 1 to 3 months. Once dried for crafts, they last as long as any other dried botanical.

Directions for drying Hedge Apples can be found on my blog. Click on the ArtFire tab in my store that says "ARTISTS BLOG".

Average count of our Osage Orange crop is 300,000-400,000 a year. Hedge Apples are fully formed in August and begin to show brown aging spots in November. When hedge balls get mushy or start to ooze, they can be used as a winter food for all native critters like rabbits, deer, squirrel, birds, field mice, opossums, skunk, or porcupine which might haunt your yard. Wildlife love the seeds which they glean out of the fleshy fruits. Hedge Balls have been known to lodge in cattle's throats and cause choking.

Hedge Apple fruits are non toxic and non-poisonous but if you have cows in your yard, I would not advise leaving Osage Oranges lying around. Some people experience mild dermatitis from the milky sap but the Hedge Apple is otherwise completely safe for children, infants, pets and home use.

Hedge Apples have many monikers such as:
Maclura Pomifera
Osage Orange
Hedge Apple
HedgeApple
Bodark
Mock Orange
Green Brains
Horse Apple
Monkey Brain
Bow Wood
Bois D Arc
Hedge Ball

Folklore use of Hedge Apples is as an insect repellent. It was commonly thought that putting Hedge Apples in and around your home would repel spiders, cockroaches, ants, fleas, crickets, beetles, centipedes, box elder beetle, termites and other crawling insects. Farmers in our area, including ourselves, use the Hedge Apple for it's folklore use as a non-toxic, completely natural, Eco friendly green and safe insect repellent in our homes, barns, and sheds.

Using Hedge Balls in your home or apartment could be a great way to keep bugs at bay safely and without use of harsh chemicals or toxic pesticides. This has not been proven, but there are many studies on the Internet from universities in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri. Elemol is the name of the active property in the hedge balls that works as a repellent. Studies on elemol are found with a quick Google search. A 1999 study from the lab of Dr. Joel Coats in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University shows promise for the essential oil of the Hedge Apple as a repellent for cockroaches.
Approximate Price/Value: $12.99