This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
There has been some discussion as to the relative profits of fruit growing north, and orange growing in the far south - the advantage being thought to be with the southern oranges. We are inclined to doubt this. The Semi-Tropical, of a recent date, says:" Mr. F. Hudnall has sold for shipment 35,000 oranges from his grove on the river opposite Jacksonville, which averaged but one hundred and thirty-eight to a barrel. Mr. Tuttle, owning a grove of eleven-year-old trees near Mandarin, has marketed seven hundred oranges, which for quality cannot be excelled. One hundred selected from the lot weighed over one hundred pounds."
"When the writer of this was in New Orleans, last December, Florida oranges were being brought in by the boat load, and were selling on the levee for $1.50 per hundred, - and these were thought to be good prices. The "grove" of Mr. Tuttle is not given as to its size, - but if these seven hundred are the first products of " eleven years," a northern apple orchard will go a long way ahead of this. If we have to wait so long, and we think we have, what signifies $400, and from this are to be deducted shipment to New Orleans.
Here is another paragraph: "Mrs. Bryan, an old resident on Lake Santa-fee, Alachua county, Florida, has an orange tree, planted by herself sixteen or seventeen years ago, which produced last year five thousand oranges."
At a cent and a quarter a piece, it is not much to wait sixteen years for. Better set out oak timber.