Everyone's Favorite Apple Variety Has Sweet Fruit & Easy Care
The Gala Apple tree is a long cherished apple variety that came about from crossing Kidd’s Orange Red Apple and Golden Delicious Apple. An easy growing and care free fruit tree, it is also self pollinating as an added bonus!
The home grown apples are blush red with a striped variation. The fruit is deliciously sweet flavored with a crisp tart bite that can’t be replicated in grocery store bought apples. The Gala Apple tree is in bloom in the early spring with a mid season harvest time during the month of October. The Gala apple tree flower color is white with green foliage.
With it being small and compact, the semi dwarf Gala Apple tree is perfect for small planting sites, fruit tree gardens, or even large containers. Your tree should start producing apples and bear fruit after 1-3 years. These great tasting apples are perfect for fresh eating right off the tree, baking apple pies, or stored on the counter or fridge for later use.
GALA APPLE TREE CARE
The Gala Apple tree hardiness zones are 5-9. It can grow in most regions of the United States. The chill hour requirement for the Gala is 500 hours. We have even heard success stories about this fruit tree growing in zone 4 and zone 10. The Gala produces the best fruit in full sun and well draining soil.
The dwarf Gala Apple tree size is up to 15-17 feet tall in tree height and 12-15 feet wide at full maturity. It is a self fertile apple tree but with other apple trees nearby to help cross pollinate it will provide greater yield and more fruit! The best varieties for cross pollination are Red Delicious or Granny Smith.
Gala Apple tree diseases may include apple scab, fire blight, or powdery mildew. The best way to avoid these issues is by establishing a regular watering schedule, applying a slow release fertilizer annually in early spring, and adding a thick 2 inch layer of mulch or organic matter at the base of the tree near the root system to help hold in moisture. Check out our blog on Apple Tree Diseases for more information.
You can prune your apple tree in winter or early spring to give the branches and fruit the best air circulation. You do not want the Gala tree’s limbs to be overcrowded so you can produce bushels of apples. Overcrowded trees may affect branches with fruit on them and promote fungal diseases or bacterial diseases discussed above. Eventually, this will affect fruit you will have to remove the infected branches and treat them with a fungicide. This is why it is so important to take pruning practices seriously starting when they are young trees.
Shop the Gala Apple tree for sale for a mild sweet tasting apple tree that is easy to grow at home.
*These trees do not ship bare root. They are rooted in soil in their nursery container.
Check out the Apple Tree Growing Guide for more information on growing and harvesting apples.
Once your Gala Apple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!
Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Beautiful and nice sized tree. Can't wait for it to grow
Strongly recommended, the trees are very good and the customer support are very prompt. I had to ask Bela many questions and she was super helpful
I assume it is not a problem but the box the tree was shipped in was too short and the top 6-8 inches was sticking out and rubbed the limb bare. It appears to be regrowing?
It loves our backyard. We just bought our place and it was all over grown. Apple tree loves the full sun light.