Popular Gala Apple Tree Produces from a Young Age
- Early Season
- Produces at an Early Age
- Sweet, Firm Apple
- Extended Ripening
- Stores Up To 6 Months
If you only know Gala Apples from the grocery store shelf, you are missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. There is absolutely nothing that tastes as nice as homegrown fruit. Gala is the go-to sweet apple, adapted to a very wide range of climates.
An easy-care, low maintenance variety, Gala Apple (Malus ‘Gala’) Tree produces a delicious early season snacking apple. The fruit is firm, juicy and sweet with a slight tart flavor. One of the very best early apples, Gala has a lot going for it.
You’ll appreciate the precocious Gala Apple Tree, because they are well-known to produce from a young age. Gala Apple Trees fruit young and ripen early – years before other apples.
Homesteaders, urban foodies and clean eating proponents alike can feel happy about the high fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C found naturally in apples. If you’ve considered growing your own fruit tree, the Gala comes highly recommended.
First developed in New Zealand, this great-tasting import produces large, crisp apples with rich flavor. Firm white flesh, a lovely floral fragrance and a sweet, tangy snap. Hints of vanilla will make your taste buds smile.
In fact, Gala Apple Trees are in high demand around the world. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they’ll start producing fruit as younger trees than other varieties. After all – who wants to wait for a harvest?
Galas are also dependably productive, setting a great crop year to year. Although considered self-fruitful, in some zones a pollination partner is recommended. Also, for larger harvests, we recommend planting your Gala Apple Tree with a pollinator.
Planting a pollinator partner also extends your harvest. Try a mid-season Honeycrisp, a late mid-season Red Delicious and a late season Granny Smith to enjoy a variety of wonderful fresh picked apples for 6 months.
One of Gala’s most attractive quality is its wide range of adaptability. They’ll grow well and produce a sweet crisp apple in the low chill climates of growing Zone 10. However, they are also very productive in the higher chill climates of Zone 4.
It’s delightful when Gala bursts to life in spring. The beautiful pink buds will open to reveal snowy white flowers, a sure sign that the tree is well on its way to producing bushels of apples. With a Gala, you’ll have plenty to share with family and friends. We’re talking about bushel after bushel of delicious snacking apples that the whole family can love of apples from a single tree.
Throughout the summer, the apples mature to a bright, overall red color, with bold red stripes over a yellow-green background. You can see the parents (Cox Orange Pippin, Golden Delicious and Red Delicious) in its coloration.
Gala is an all-purpose dessert apple. It’s good for fresh eating, for salads, and for divine applesauce. It keeps it shape during baking. Add other firm varieties to pump up the a depth of flavor in baked goods. The Gala is a great variety to add a sugary, fresh flavor to an apple juice blend. Press with Granny Smith, of other tart cider apples, to bring up the sweetness of your juice blend.
People also love the way Gala apples store so well. The apples resist bruising and can be stored for up to six months. This means you could be eating your own home-grown apples that were picked at peak ripeness as late as February and March. What a treat for you and your family!
#ProPlantTips for Care
As with all apple varieties. Gala likes slightly acidic, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 to 6.5. However, it will tolerate wetter, heavy clay soils.
Plant in full sun for best performance.
Once established, the Gala Apple is drought tolerant. In warmer climates, it’s important to mulch around the perimeter of your tree. This keeps the root system cool. However, please don’t let the mulch touch the trunk, leave a gap all around the trunk.
In colder climates, select a location with good air circulation. Avoid low-lying areas of settling cold with little or no air movement.
It’s easy to keep your semi-dwarf Gala pruned to remain at a safe picking height. Simply plan to do summer pruning to keep your tree to a reasonable height, say 6 – 8 feet tall.
This tree is a perfect blend of modern and old-fashioned, and it’s big on taste as a result. The Gala is an attractive flowering tree that produces apples that fall nothing short of irresistible in the taste department. It’s also a beautiful tree that’s an asset to your landscape.
Though there are many different selections of the Gala apple, the original Gala is the one most referred to as the best. Gala Apple Tree is an easy to grow, adaptable tree that matures quickly. The apples are highly coveted for pies and sauces, and the tree itself would be an attractive addition to any yard.