2018 Peach Update

Updated January 29, 2018

Chilling hours as of Friday, January 26, 2018 — 735 (see below for more information)

January 9, 2018 update — Fredericksburg/Gillespie county peach growers are very encouraged by the accumulation of “chill hours” so far this winter. As of 2 pm, Friday, January 5, 2018, the area has officially recorded 508 hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit which is approximately the total amount of chilling accumulated through the entire 2016-17 dormant season. With most of January and February still ahead, prospects are good for the necessary hours below 45 degrees to break the peach buds out of dormancy. Peach varieties grown in the Texas Hill Country generally need as low as 550 hours and as high as 850 hours of winter chilling.