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Cherries and Chill Hours

Cherries and Chill Hours

In the latest issue of Organic Gardener, our article on Cherries mentions the term “chill hours”.Here we explain what is meant and show a few more pictures of the BP Organic Cherry Farm, in the Adelaide Hills.

In the latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener Magazine (Jan-Feb 2013), our article on growing cherries mentions the “chill hours” that different varieites require.

  “Chill hours” refers to the number of hours a year below 7.2°C

You can get an idea of your minimum temperatures by going to the Bureau of Meteorology website and selecting temperature, minimum temperature, your town and the nearest weather station.

Alternative methods of estimating chill in your region can be found at and

We thought readers might like to see some extra photos of BP Organic Cherry Farm in the Adelaide Hills, profiled in the latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener magazine.

Below, owner Garry Beaton is shown within the orchard. Photos by Heidi Linehan of HeidiWho? Photos.