wells coincide almost identically with the hammock strips. For the hammocks are but narrow margins along water courses or standing water.
Growers on sandy soil prefer clean culture of the trees at all times. Most hammock groves do better with considerable under growth that prevents scalding of the tender bark in the hottest weather and retains the moisture in the divest season of April, May, or June. The drouth affects the groves of the hammock lands more quickly than those of the pine lands, for the root-systems of the trees in the hammocks grow in the soil nearer the surface. Heavy undergrowths of weeds and shrubs prevent evaporation and conserve the moisture in the soil. In the sands clean culture drives the roots deep into the ground, and the fine top soil acts as a mulch, that prevents drying out of the moisture.
The orange tree blossoms during February and March in Florida, in marked contrast to California in this respect, where the main bloom is in April. The period of blooming lasts about five weeks, being shortened by hot weather and lengthened somewhat by the cooler weather or the varieties grown. Not always does a heavy bloom mean a full crop of fruit nor a heavy yield of orange honey to the beekeeper, but there is a relation between the two. Late frosts may damage the blossoms, either before they open or during their period of blooming, much as the same thing may occur with the apples and peaches in the North