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 flavour 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 flavour but may have a deeper coloration or more pronounced flush to the skin.
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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.
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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.
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.
However Gala appears to be susceptible to just about every problem known to affect apples. 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 - but it is not a good choice for mild or wet climates.
Most sports of Gala have some degree of self-fertility - but will set much better crops if there is a nearby pollination partner.
Gala was 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.
All our trees are grown in the UK.