Florida Soils and Its c
In publishing the few following com-
ments of the Florida press, testimonials
of the growers, and results had from
f the use of our Unexcelled High Grade
Fertilizers, we trust our catalogue may
be generally read by prospective as well
as actual tillers of Florida soils. The
agricultural and horticultural interests of
Florida are increasing very rapidly. We
Share not "promoters," in the common ac-
A ceptance of the term, yet we naturally
have the welfare of our customers at
heart, as well as that of all users of fer-
tilizers, and rejoice equally with them in
their success. Owing to the peculiarity
and the diversity of "Florida Lands,"
we know full well, from our long and
practical experiences with the soils of
the whole South, that the requirements
of those of Florida differ materially from "
those of other States. Here, by actual
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analysis, we find very little plant food,
and even when found, this analysis
counts practically for nothing, as agri-
cultural chemistry has never advanced
so far as to determine the available pro-
portion of plant food in any soils. From
the very beginning of our business in
Florida, we have striven to supply our
customers with a fertilizer that will pro-
duce the best results, regardless of soil
conditions. As an evidence of our suc-
cess, we have selected at random these
few extracts from several Florida papers
-the writers of which knew nothing
about the kinds of fertilizers used nor the
names of manufacturers of the same-
letters from dealers selling the goods,
and testimonials from the users thereof.
Many others of our numerous customers
have experienced equally as good results,
and we could fill a much larger volume
than is afforded by this catalogue with
similar extracts from the press and tes-
timonials from the users of our goods,
but feel it unnecessary, as a careful
perusal of what we now present should
arouse the reader's every interest.
Berry Brothers' Tomato Field. Centre Hill, Florida
Virtinia-Carolina Fertilizers used
Your Attention, Truckers!
The following article appeared in The
Florida Times- Union of Jacksonville,
Fla., under date of February 5, 1910
Season's First Car of Tomatoes Here
From Fields Near Miami to Norther Market.
Shipment is Far Ahea d First Car
Seat Northward in Past Seaos.
The season's first car of tomatoes
reached Jacksonville yesterday en route
from the rich fields of the East Coast to
Northern market The car's number
was 2284, and on each of the sides were
the letters, "F. G. E." (Florida Grow-
Tomato Field of M. J. Berry. Centre Hill Florida. 800 Pounad of
Virtinia-Carolina Fertilizers per acre used
The contents of the car represented a
part of a crop of tomatoes grown by T.
H. Chapman, on his farm at Pompano,
about twenty miles north of Miami. The
tomatoes grown by Mr. Chapman this
season are among the finest ever pro-
duced in this State and shipped away to
market. They will serve well to prove
the great possibilities of the soil in that
section of the State.
The shipment reaching Jacksonville
yesterday was consigned to John Nix
& Co., of New York, and will doubt-
less bring a fine price in the Eastern
The first shipment of tomatoes is earlier
this season than in the past. Heretofore
Cabbae on farm of R. B. Graham. Coeman, Florida. produced with
it has been February 15th, or thereafter,
before the first shipment reached Jack-
sonville on its way northward.
The car started from Pompano Wed-
nesday night and arrived at Jackson-
ville early yesterday morning. The time
consumed in transporting the consign-
ment from the shipping point to this city
is to be considered remarkably short.
The Florida East Coast Railway is thor-
oughly equipped with the right kind of
facilities for handling such perishable
shipments, and the growers of the East
Coast are rapidly awakening to an ap-
preciation of the fact that good and quick
means of transportation will redound to
What They Say About Tiptop
Tomato Trucker in
Tomato growers generally in Florida
claim that crops made with our Tiptop
Tomato Trucker mature about two weeks
earlier than crops planted at same time
and on which other makes of fertilizer
We manufacture, and fruit growers
and truckers of Florida use, thousands
of tons annually of the following brands
of high grade fertilizers: Champion
Citrus Compound: Florida Fruit-Grow-
ers' Formula: V.-C. Fruit and Vine: Old
Dominion Potato Manure: Peerless Pine-
apple Producer: Strawberry Special;
Tiptop Tomato Trucker: Southern States
Special: Dixie Trucker; Tropical Vege-
table Grower: Georgia State Standard:
Pelican Truck Grower.
Virginia- Carolina Chemical Company
Thirty fall-.rown PoUttoeW avverain( one pound each, meiaurin(
one-hlf bushel, raised by J. L WeVkh. Henderson, Texu.
-Courwy of "Farm ad Ranch." Dllas, Tex.
[Tamps. Fa., Tribme. April 1910]
Kissimmee Potato Field is a Wonder
Niaety-One Days From Wild Lamd to Disoiss
Beauties From the Loay Soil
It is not often that the Weekly Tribune can
verify the mr.tter it selects from the State press
for this department, but in this instance the
manager saw the field of which the following
was written for the Kissimmee Valley Gazette.
This field was wild land just ninety-one days be-
fore the date of that visit (Tuesday), and on
that day at least twenty men were engaged in
harvesting the crop. The Gazette says:
There are truck gardens, big, little, around
Kissimmee, but none surpass the ten-acre tomato
field owned by Mr. S. B. Aultman, which lies
just west of and bordering the city limits. Dur-
ing the past month it is possible that five hun-
dred people have visited this field, and every one
remarked that it excelled anything they ever saw
in the way of the vegetable line.
Mr. Aultman purchased forty acres of land
just across the cypress swamp less than a year
ago, and last fall had ten acres put in condition
for planting Irish potatoes in the early spring,
having in the meantime sunk a well and obtained
a flow of about one hundred gallons a minute,
with the result that to-day he is digging potatoes
at the rate of sixty-five barrels to the acre that
will all class as No. 1.
Potatoes are now bringing $7.50 per barrel in
the Eastern markets, which means $6.25 net to
the grower-a pretty good profit to make on an
investment of $100, especially when the time
necessary to produce that crop is not over one
hundred days, leaving sufficient time during the
year to produce at least two more crops of well
In a conversation with Mr. Aultman, he was
asked what was the least he would take for ten
acres of his land, and he very quickly replied,
"Ten thousand dollars." Noting the rather
peculiar expression on our face his answer occa-
sioned, he made the following explanation: "You
may think my price of a thousand dollars an
acre a little high, but let me show you: These
days the average man is content to get six per
cent. for his money, which means $60 a year on
$1,000 investment. I can easily make, above all
expenses, $500 a year from each one of my acres.
growing vegetables, which is fifty per cent. on
$1,000. Now, my friend, does it require any
business acumen for you to see that I would
really be doing a very foolish thing to take even
$1,000 an acre for my land? I know of no other
business in which I could invest my money that
would return to me one-half that per cent."
That logic is sound, and it is a wonder why thou-
sands of acres of just as good land as is that
owned by Mr. Aultman, and which can be bought
at from $25 to $100 an acre, are not taken up
without a moment's hesitation by the hundreds
of people who visit our section every month on a
tour of investigation.
Mr. Aultman will have the ten acres tilled as
soon as his potato crop is off, which he will plant
in celery this fall, and in the meantime he is
having his additional thirty acres put in perfect
condition for general trucking purposes.
(Lakeland News. April I. 1910]
Fine Crop of Vegetables
Much Fine Truck will be Shipped from Here Durina the
Next Few Weks
As stated before, it is being demonstrated
more clearly every day that Lakeland can pro-
duce as good celery, and better, than any other
point in the State. Mrs. G. H. Alfield shipped
two cars of as fine celery this week as ever left
Florida, some of the bunches ranging from 5 to
5J pounds in weight and 28 inches in length.
Mrs. Alfield was offered $1.85 per crate for her
crop in the field. From one rod of land she sold
$110 worth of celery, which certainly demon-
strates what can be done if one uses proper
methods combined with energy and enterprise.
First Prize Grape Fruit Tree. This tree took premium of S25.00. the
highest award eter paid at a Fair at Dade County. Florida.
for one box of fruit. Virginia-Carolins-Ferilizers
were used on Mr C. '. Lee's Irove of trees
Success of One Woman Farming
Some weeks ago, the'New's noted the success
of Mrs. G. H. Alfield, in growing celery on her
farm in Lake Hollinsworth. Since then the
News man has talked with Mrs. Alfield in regard
to this matter, and has secured additional in-
formation bearing upon her experience in Florida
Mrs. Alfield's production of celery was four
cars from an acre, and the quality was as good
as can be found anywhere in the country. Re-
turns from all shipments had not been reported,
but at the usual sale price the revenue per acre
could scarcely be less than $1,200 to $1,500.
Local sales were made at $1 per dozen, which
netted her about $150.
Catbage on farm of J. R. Vilkerson. Coleman. Florida. produced
with Virtinia-Carolins Fertihzers
Besides this success with celery, Mrs. Alfield
sold about $150 worth of strawberries from
three-fourths of an acre, and also grew many
other vegetables. From a single row of turnips
100 feet long, she netted $60, and from three
rows of the same length, she cleared $85. She
now has six acres of corn which is doing nicely,
6,000 tomatoes, onions, beets, etc.
It should be borne in mind that Mrs. Alfield is
a New York lady, who knew nothing about farm-
ing, and who has had to depend upon hired help.
This shows that this section of Polk is what we
have all along claimed for it-the very garden
spot of Florida. -April 29, 1910.
Available Phosphoric Acid....7 per cent.
Ammonia................................. .5 per cent.
Potash, Actual (K2O) .......8 per cent.
Write for prices and terms, or apply to our
For twenty years this fertilizer has been the
favorite with truckers in the neighborhood of
Norfolk, Va., where the largest trucking crops
are grown, and is especially adapted to the wants
of high-class truckers in Florida, who desire the
best that money can procure. It is simply "the
best of the highest class." So well is it known
that the name "Old Dominion," known the
world over, could not be applied to a more popu-
In chemically treated new bags, 200 pounds.
We refer you to article on page 1.
CHAMPION CITRUS COMPOUND
(C. C. C.)
Available Phosphoric Acid. 6 per cent.
Ammonia .. 3 per cent
Potash, Actual (KO) 14 per cent.
Write for prices or apply to our nearest agent.
Years of study and experience of the very
safest guides and counsellors have been utilized
to acquire the necessary knowledge and ability
to produce what we confidently claim to be the
very best fertilizer for bearing orange, grape
fruit and other citrus fruit trees. In another
part of this little book you will fine stated some
of the reasons why we think this formula the
very best, and directions as to the best methods
of application. We feel that here (after fair
trial) you will agree with us that we have
reached the highest notch of perfection.
In chemically treated new bags, 200 pounds.
We refer you to article on page 16.
TIPTOP TOMATO TRUCKER
(T. T. T.)
Available Phosphoric Acid ... 7 per cont.
Ammonia ........... .... 4 pr cent.
Potash, Actual (K'O).. S per cent.
Prices on application direct, or from our near-
Many years' experience have produced this
formula as ideal for tomatoes, beans, cabbage,
celery, egg plant, peas, potatoes, watermelons,
etc. It is compounded of constituents of equal
value to those of our "Florida Fruit Growers'
Formula," with a slightly increased percentage
of ammonia and potash. It is especially recom-
mended to tomato growers-hence the name-
and will be found "Tiptop" in quality and
In chemically treated new bags, 200 pounds.
We refer you to article on page 14.
Brake IJrahuarr G(ompang
MIAMI, FLA., Feb. 9, 1910.
CAPT. HENRY CRUTCHER,
Special Florida Agent. Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co.
DEAR SIR,-Replying to your favor of the
6th inst., enclosing clipping from the Times-
Union of February 5th, we beg to hand you one
of the most enthusiastic letters we have ever
gotten on the "Tiptop" subject. We are pretty
sure Tom feels kindly toward us and your Com-
pany, and hope you will make such use of his
letter as you wish. He has covered the ground
pretty fully as to making and disposal ofhis
Yours very truly,
DRAKE PRODUCE CO.
llamas m (hapman
Grower and Packer
POMPANO, FLA., Feb. 9, 1910.
DRAKE PRODUCE CO..
DEAR SIRS,-Between young Chapman, Jr.,
and this "Tiptop Tomato Trucker" crop of to-
matoes, I am being kept busy day and night, so
I want you to kind of put these few dots, or
facts together so it will read O. K., and not
Planted crop on beds ploughed up two sea-
sons ago. This makes third crop on same bed
and same furrow.
Made my crop on "Tiptop Tomato Trucker"
brand of V.-C. Chemical Company's fertilizers,
without ploughing to keep out of water, and
entire crop stood twenty-four hours in two feet
of water during the hurricane.
During the last three seasons I have used
"Tiptop Tomato" only, with grand results on
tomato and egg-plant crops. No blight or rust,
and very little rain. Crops holding up fine.
One new-land patch (three-quarters of an
acre) has yielded to date about three hundred
and fifty crates, and is good for one hundred and
First car. sold to Schnieder & Williams, $1.60
Second car rolled to-day. H. Woods & Co.,
$1.65 per crate.
Third car will roll Saturday. H. Woods &
Co., $1.70 per crate.
Tomatoes perfect-no spots-showing fine
color in ripening. By using plenty of "Tiptop
Tomato Trucker I believe they will stand twen-
ty-six degrees. It keeps the vine healthy and
"Tiptop Tomato Trucker makes a tiptop
crop of tomatoes," also a "tiptop bank account.
I used two carloads and will continue to use it
in coming seasons. Yours respectfully,
T. H. CHAPMAN.
LAKELAND, FLA., April 14, 1910.
MESSRS. HAGADORN & PARKER,
GENTLEMEN,-I used your golden self-blanch-
ing celery seed and Pelican Brand Celery Ferti-
lizer, and cannot say too much in commendation
of them, as you know I have made the only fine
crop of celery made in this section, and the crop
was absolutely free from hollowstem. I intend
to use your seed and fertilizer again next season
because of its excellent results.
Yours very truly,
MRS. GEO. H. ALFIELD.
P. S.-It cut 1,400 crates to the acre.
Preident Taft's Table Supplied with Florida's
Choicest Crepe Fruit
Hugh Macdonald, of Lee county, is quite
proud of having received an order from Presi-
dent Taft for a box of grape fruit. Comment-
ing upon this, the Fort Myers Press says: "This
gentleman makes a specialty of growing the
best fruit to be produced, and each year he is
deluged with orders from all parts of the coun-
try, and he is kept busy just before the holidays
making up fancy boxes of fruit for the Christ-
mas givers. We have tried considerable of his
fruit and can say from experience that there is
none better, no matter where you go."
UTlr farbonalb Sh ( bom cEmpang
FORT MYERS, FLA., Feb. 17, 1910.
CAPT. HY. CRUTCHER,
MY DEAR FRIEND,--Yours of yesterday re-
ceived. Yes, I have succeeded in making fruit
of such good quality that even the President has
discovered it. Without doutt, part of my suc-
cess was due to the continued use of your
Champion Citrus Compound. I regard it as the
nonpareil of fruit makers.
HUGH MACDONALD, JR.