the “hiker” thru the weeds. But woe to the newcomer, who, knowing only the sweet oranges of commerce, greedily sinks his teeth into one of those of Nature’s producing! His sputtering mouth and puckering lips soon prove again “Not all is gold” (aurantium— Latin name for orange) “that glitters.” All kinds of citrus blossoms yield honey; no difference in nectar is discernible.


In a limited sense the fruit will grow any where in the State except on the marsh and muck lands. But while the citrus trees are found even up to the northern limits of the State, the real home of the tree is the southern two-thirds of the peninsula. Two types of soil are popular with and used by growers for their groves, the sands of the high pine lands and the black soil of the lower levels. The sandy soil requires rather heavy fertilization, annually at that, for the fertilizer leaches badly. There is seldom any clay sub soil under the sandy loam. The real clayey land of northwestern Florida, west of Pensacola and towards Mobile. Ala., is too far north for the safe growing of the trees. The hammocks lie along river and water courses, lakes and lagoons and inlets. The upper part of the St. Johns River, the lower portion of the Indian River (really only a long inlet), the Peace and Myacca rivers in the southwest, all are bordered by heavy hammock lands. The soil is richer than that of the pine land and leaches less than the uplands. It is a notable fact that the regions of the flowing (sulphur)