HedgeappleFruit.com - Hedgeapple Seed Experiment

This 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.
Picture taken June 4, 2000:

Same hedge row as above. Picture was taken in Oct., 6 months after planting: