This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
AT a meeting of the Sacramento (Cal.) Farmers' Club, a member said that, as regards soil, the almond will succeed on almost any soil we have. It will succeed on drier soil than any other tree, if it is on its own root, and if on a peach root it will succeed where it is too dry for the peach itself. He considered the Languedoo the only variety that is worthy of cultivation. We have many kinds of seedlings, but he had never seen any one that will compare with this variety. The paper-shell almond is comparatively worthless. The tree, is scrubby, ugly and crooked, to begin with. Then it is not very prolific, and not only that, but the nuts are so soft-shelled that the birds destroy them all. There are risks in growing almonds in this valley because of the spring frosts. There is less risk on the high lands than on the low lands; in fact, he thought, there was very little risk on high lands. The tree is not more liable than any other tree to be injured by excessive water. They will stand more exposure, cither wet or dry, than the peach tree.
The raising of the nut is very profitable; and is destined to become a matter of importance in this State.