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Gala Apple Tree

Gala Apple Tree

Gala Apple Tree

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Gala Apple Tree

Gala apples are one of the most popular types of apples in just about any grocery store. This is not surprising, as their sweet, crisp taste and their firm texture make them a favorite choice for many, both old and young. Gala apples are great for salads, juice and sauces, as well as for eating raw. Gala apples are a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious, blending the best of two extremely tasty varieties.

Gala apples are very adaptable and easy to grow. The trees often reach up to 15 feet high, and their girth makes them an ideal tree to plant near your home for extra shade. The tree's round shape is also aesthetically pleasing for the yard. Gala apple trees grow best in dry, warm climates; however, they can grow in cold climates as well. The apples themselves range from small to medium in size.

These low maintenance trees produce fruit years earlier than many other types of apple trees. They can be grown organically without chemicals, in part because the skin of the apple is resistant to bruising and the apples themselves aren't prone to softening.

When you purchase your gala apple trees from us, you get them already pruned back and ready to develop massive branches. This means that you'll be able to start picking apples after just the first season.

When you begin to harvest your apples, you can expect between six and 12 bushels of apples per year, making these trees a great investment. The trees produce fruit in late spring, and the apples are ready to be picked in August and September. Gala apples are a perfect fall fruit for everything from apple bobbing to being packed in school lunches. Under the proper temperature conditions, they can be stored for up to three months or more.

Apples contain many nutrients, including antioxidants, fiber and complex carbohydrates. Apples are also good for the health of your teeth, as well as for reducing your risk of cancer. When you plant your own gala apple tree, you can have these health benefits at your fingertips, eliminating the need to pay store prices for this tasty fruit.

Your Growing Compatibility

USDA
Growing Zones

5-8

Minimum
Chill Hours

500

Compatible Growing Zone

You are in Growing Zone 6

Characteristics

Growing Zone 5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'Gala'
Mature Width 8-10 ft. Mature Height 10-15 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun Chill Hours 500
Wet Soil Tolerance Very Good Shade Tolerance Poor
Drought Tolerance Very Good Heat Tolerance Excellent
Hummididty Tolerance Good Pest Resistance Fair
Disease Resistance Good Deer Resistant Fair
Ripens Early Summer Soil Type Adaptable
Self Fertile Yes Spacing 8-10 ft.

Characteristics

Growing Zone 5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'Gala'
Mature Width 8-10 ft. Mature Height 10-15 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun Chill Hours 500
Wet Soil Tolerance Very Good Shade Tolerance Poor
Drought Tolerance Very Good Heat Tolerance Excellent
Hummididty Tolerance Good Pest Resistance Fair
Disease Resistance Good Deer Resistant Fair
Ripens Early Summer Soil Type Adaptable
Self Fertile Yes Spacing 8-10 ft.

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.

Shipping

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We take pride in accurate and on-time shipping dates. Of course there are factors that could delay these dates. These are estimates, and we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates. Shipping live products has its challenges and occasionally Mother Nature does not abide by our time frames. On rare occasions we have to delay shipping due to severe weather forecasts in your area or ours. Sometimes the seasons are delayed and plants take longer to reach specifications. Although these types of delays are rare, we try to keep you informed. The health of your plants is our highest concern.


Spring Shipping
Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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What Will I Receive

Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.


Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Expected Yearly Growth

Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.


Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.