[nafex] Osage Orange & insects

nottke nottke at ols.net
Mon Nov 12 19:02:04 EST 2001

Subject: [nafex] Osage Orange Fruit
Question: I have heard these can be used as an insect repellant.  Is
this true? And if so, how are they used?
Chris Mauchline
SE PA, zone 6
Here in the piedmont of NC, they are harvested as they fall, and used as-is.
Just place each one on something to protect the finish beneath the fruit; a
small square of plastic wrap works for us.  They can be placed anywhere
that insects are a problem; pantry, pet food storage area, greenhouse.
They are effective for about 3 months or so at 65'F and 50 % humidity.  By
then they are darkened shriveled balls that get tossed on the compost pile.

James E. Nottke
Pfafftown, NC
Hardiness Zone 7A

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