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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Mar 14, 2016 12:36 PM CST
The following is from Wikipedia:

"Peach cultivars in Texas range in their requirements from 100 chilling units (FlordaGrande cultivar, zoned for low chill regions) to 1,000 units (Surecrop, zoned for high chill regions).[6] Planting a low-chilling cultivar in a high-chill region risks loss of a year's harvest when an early bloom is hit by a spring frost.[6] A high-chilling cultivar planted in a low-chill region will, quite likely, never fruit at all. A four-year study of Ruston Red Alabama peach, which has a threshold of 850 chilling units, demonstrated that a seasonal chilling deficiency of less than 50 units has no effect on harvest. Deficiency of 50 to 100 units may result in loss of up to 50% of expected harvest. Deficiency of 250 hours and more is a sure loss of practically whole harvest; the few fruit will be of very poor quality and have no market value.[7] Rest-breaking agents (e.g. hydrogen cyanamide, trade name BudPro or Dormex), applied in spring, can partially mitigate the effects of insufficient chilling. BudPro can substitute for up to 300 hours of chilling, but an excessive spraying and timing error can easily damage the buds.[7] Other products such as Dormex use stabilizing compounds."

If you know the specific peach variety you have, you can probably look up its chilling requirements. The peaches grown in Stonewall tend to be different than the ones grown in my are because they don't require a lot of chilling hours and that makes them bloom too soon here. Though the last few years peaches have been tricked into blooming so often a lot people just aren't trying to grow them like they did when I was a growing sprout.
Donald
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Mar 14, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Thanks for that info Donald. I had no idea about the different kinds and their chilling unit needs. I bought this tree in 2011 and was one of the first things I planted at our new property. I have no clue what kind it is. The tree had a few fruits on the tree when I purchased it and 2012 no fruit at all 2013 was a decent harvest 2014 was hardly any and 2015 was a huge crop but not very good quality. So, it sounds like I should have a few different kinds for our fickle winters if I want peaches. The folks growing peaches for a living must bite their nails every winter no matter what kind they grow.

The first heat of the year is getting to me today. I have to keep coming inside to cool off and drink ice water. Ehhh......I'm getting soft Rolling my eyes. like my lazy picky peach tree.
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Mar 14, 2016 2:28 PM CST
My Sam Houston is just now budding out. My Red Baron was full of buds 2 weeks ago
I don't know what kind of peach my neighbor has but it just has a few flowers
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Mar 27, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Jolana, I sure do wish I kept my info on what peach I have. I take back my bashing of my tree. It had only a few buds but now two weeks later it is full of blooms. My neighbors trees are already fully leafed out and mine has maybe three leaves Shrug!
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 27, 2016 8:45 PM CST
As long as you have peaches, Smiling
I've seen peach trees do as yours and no one seems to know the name.
You need to check out the red baron. I would grow it just for the blooms
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 7, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Trying to get my plants labeled for the swap Saturday in S.A. Then I'll look at my seeds. Hot today...whew!
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