The Q&A Archives: Hedge Apple Trees

Question: I would like to know how to begin a Hedge apple tree from a seed. We already have seeds, but do not know how to prepare the seeds or the ground to begin to grow this type of tree.

Answer: Maclura pomifera is the botanical name of the plant you want to grow. It's known commonly as Osage Orange. These plants grow fast to 60 feet, with a spreading, open habit. The seeds sprout readily, without any preparation and the plants adapt to most any soil condition, and grow best in full sunshine. You'll need a source of artificial light if you germinate your seeds indoors. Wait until late winter or early spring to plant your seeds indoors (or early spring to plant them outdoors). Simply sow them 1/8 inch deep in moistened seed starting mix and place the pots or trays in a warm place, like on top of your refrigerator. The seeds will germinate in 30-90 days. Transplant seedlings into individual pots when they've developed two sets of leaves. Keep the source of artificial light about 6" above the tops of the leaves, and move the lights up as the plants grow. When the air temperature and soil temperatures warm in the spring, plant your new seedlings outdoors.

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