New season starts September 2014Order now for delivery in September (pot-grown trees) or November (bare-root). 

Gala apple trees

RHS AGM for Gala
  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 

One of the most popular supermarket apple varieties, and a good mid-season variety for the garden in many areas. The sweet flavour of ripe Gala apples eaten straight from the tree is quite a surprise compared to supermarket examples.

Gala is also a good variety for juicing, as you might expect the flavor is rich and sweet, useful for mixing with other sharper varieties.

Because of the commercial importance of Gala a large number of Gala "sports" exist. These are naturally occuring mutations, and are mostly indistinguishable from the original in terms of flavor but may have a deeper coloration or more pronounced flush to the skin.

Order now for delivery week commencing 15th September 2014 onwards (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Gala apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees  (Deliveries Sept 2014 - April 2015)

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £27.95
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £27.95

Bare-root fruit trees  (Deliveries November 2014 - February 2015)

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock £17.45
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Gala

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor
    Very susceptible to scab?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Scab: Very susceptible?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
    Flavour fades in storage but remains sweet?
  • Flavour quality: Average?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
    Gala produces a very sweet juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Gala

Gala is in flowering group 4. Gala is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Gala apple trees

Gala is widely grown on a commercial basis in South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, and France. One of its unique characteristics is that Gala will produce good-quality apples across an unusually wide range of climates from cool temperate to hot.

Gala can be grown successfully in the south, central, and east of the UK, and crops well.

Gala appears to be susceptible to just about every problem known to affect apples, but don't let this put you off. In practice, provided you have a dry climate, it is not too difficult to grow - and the flavour of home-grown ripe Gala apples us worth a bit of effort.

Most sports of Gala have some degree of self-fertility - but will set much better crops if there is a nearby pollination partner.



Historical details

Developed by New Zealand apple enthusiast J.H. Kidd from one of his earlier successes, Kidd's Orange Red, which he crossed with Golden Delicious. Through this parentage Gala unites three of the world's most influential apple varieties, Cox's Orange Pippin, Delicious, and Golden Delicious.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Gala'


Related variety collections

Supermarket favourite apple varieties, Apple trees for southern Europe



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