This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
At length we have the results of the care for the future in regard to Cinchona barks.
An official report to the Indian government for 1879-80 is published, regarding the Cinchona cultivation in Bengal. In that year the extended cultivation reached 750,000 young trees, and a crop of 361,590 pounds of dry bark were harvested. The result is a saving of $75,000 more than the plantations have cost from their origin, including compound interest at four per cent. per annum. These results are gratifying, and in the future large savings are expected. We should like to see our government do something of the kind, and begin also the cultivation of the useful cork tree.
A lady skilled in painting plants on pottery, plates, etc, asks what series she shall take up as a commercial affair? We reply unhesitatingly, let her paint all the pitcher plants, including those that consume insects, etc. A series of crockery portraits of these would not only be truly handsome, but the story they would tell would be commercially profitable. Consider the first set bespoken.