Urban Orchard In Galveston County

Featured Publications

Ambrosia From Your Backyard: Growing Citrus On the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas – a brochure featuring citrus and fruit tree varieties appropriate for use in Galveston and surrounding counties. Developed with Galveston County Master Gardeners, the document is available for download, including old time favorites and new varieties, as well planting and care tips for your budding home orchard.

Citrus, Fruit and Nut Fact Sheets – for more Texas A&M AgriLife Extension publications on citrus, fruit and nut trees, click here.


Chill hours (CH)

Chilling requirement calculated from cumulative cool weather events (between 32 to 45-degrees) that initiate bloom for fruit-bearing trees. Annual chill hours for Galveston County can range from 150 to 400 hours.

Calculate current cumulative chill hours – http://getchill.net. The nearest smaller urban weather station on the far west side of Galveston County is at Pearland Regional Airport, include the following station ID for this location:  KLVJ; for Scholes International Airport on  Galveston Island: KGLS

Current chill hours accumulated 10/01/21 – 1/10/2022:

Galveston Island  = 163 CH and Pearland = 417 CH


Weather Station

Want to know what the weather is like at this moment in our garden? Click here and learn more to check on the weather at the Discovery Garden, 4102 Main Street, La Marque

National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/ (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Keep up to date with current and historic weather events

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