Plant Care Horse-Apple


About Horse-Apple

Osage orange can reach heights of 70 ft. and ripen in September through October. The tree has a short trunk with a low, rounded, irregular crown, and stiff, spiny branches. It has naturalized in many areas of the eastern United States.


Maclura pomifera

Also known as

Horse apple, Osage orange, Hedge apple, Bois d'arc, Bodark, Monkey ball, Monkey brains, Bow-wood, Yellow-wood and Mock orange

How to care for Horse-Apple

💦 Water

How often to water your Horse-Apple

Water needs for Horse-Apple
0.5 cups
every 9

Horse-Apple needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Horse-Apple

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Horse-Apple in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Horse-Apple: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Horse-Apple love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Horse-Apple does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Horse-Apple in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Horse-Apple

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Horse-Apple: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Horse-Apple after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Horse-Apple is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Horse-Apple →

Common Horse-Apple Problems →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Horse-Apple requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Horse-Apple Light Requirements →

Horse-Apple Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Horse-Apple Toxicity to Cats →

Horse-Apple Toxicity to Dogs →

Horse-Apple Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Horse-Apple does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Horse-Apple →

When and How to Successfully Repot Horse-Apple →

💩 Fertilizer

Horse-Apple is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Horse-Apple →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Horse-Apple will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Horse-Apple →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Horse-Apple can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Horse-Apple Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Horse-Apple



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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