Peaches are the most popular fruit to grow in a home garden; hundreds of varieties are available to plant. However, different varieties of peach trees have different chilling requirements. A chilling requirement is the minimum amount of time a peach tree must spend in temperatures below 45 degrees F to induce fruit production. Texas is divided into seven planting zones for peaches based on the amount of chilling hours available during a typical year.
Zone 1 is the northernmost part of Texas, known as the Panhandle area. Some of the peach varieties that Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension recommends for this area are: Springgold, Bicentiennial, Surecrop, Sentinel, Ranger, Redglobe, Milam, Fireprince, Denman, Jefferson, White Star and Belle of Georgia.
Zone 2 includes North Texas, from the Panhandle to East Texas. A number of the peach varieties Texas A & M recommends are Springgold, Surecrop, Sentinal, Harvest, Ranger, Redglobe, Fireprince, Loring, Denman, Dixieland, Redskin and Jefferson.
Zone 3 is the area of West Texas that includes the Big Bend area and all points west of the Texas Hill Country. A few of the peach varieties Texas A & M advocates for this area are Springgold, Bicentennial, Surecrop, Sentinel, Harvester, Ranger, Redglobe, Fireprince, Loring, Denman, Dixieland, Redskin and Jefferson.
Zone 4 includes a line that runs across the entire midsection of the state. Some of the peach varieties recommended for this area by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Springgold, Juneprince, Junegold, TexRoyal, Sentinal, Harvester, Redglobe, Summergold, Fireprince, Bounty and Milam.
Zone 5, which runs in a wider swath, could be considered the northern part of the southern half of the state. Some of the peach varieties recommended for the zone 5 area by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Floridacrest, Juneprince, Junegold, TexRoyal, Harvester, Dixieland and Redskin.
Zone 6 is the mid-southern region of Texas, where chilling hours are low so not as many varieties are suitable for this area. However, some of the popular varieties recommended by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Earligrande, Tropicsweet, TropicBeauty, Floridagrande, Floridacrest and FloridaKing.
Zone 7, in the southernmost tip of the state, is an area that rarely receives freezing temperatures. Some of the popular varieties recommended for zone 7 by Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension are: Earligrande, Tropicsweet, Floridaprince, Tropicbeauty and FloridaGrande.
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