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Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Looks as good as it tastes! These apples feature gorgeous, shiny, red-striped skin that colors early. You can choose between picking sooner for optimal storage life (up to four months) or bringing the fruit to mouth-watering perfection on the tree. This variety is sweet, aromatic and juicy, and the perfect size for snacking. Also delicious in crisps, cobblers and pies. Originates in New Zealand circa 1985. Ripens in late August or early September. Best pollinators: Stark® Super Red Fuji, Starkrimson® Red Delicious or any Golden Delicious. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #10016 or other patents. Baigent cultivar


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late August/early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Tender, Fine & Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
my both sons love this apple
Bobur A on Sep 29, 2016
Gala apples are the standard in our house.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
my both sons love this apple
Bobur A on Sep 29, 2016
I like gala apples, but we can't eat tons of them, so I chose the Starkrimson Gala for a stepover espalier. I bought it this spring, cut it off at the knees, and trained two branches to grow laterally, keeping the tips turned upward. They are about 30 inches long now. It's doing very well. I am very pleased.
Henry N on Aug 24, 2016
Gala apples are the standard in our house.
Jerry C on Aug 8, 2016
Excellent texture, good yield, and a good apple for pies, dried fruit and bottled fruit.
James D on Aug 4, 2016
I always buy these at grocery store
BARBARA P on Jun 13, 2016
The Gala Apple is my youngest grandson's favorite apple.
Becky P on Jun 5, 2016
My kids love to eat these apples for snack. They are the perfect size for kids and delicious for eating.
JENNIFER D on Jun 1, 2016
One of my kids favorite apple variety.
Theresa G on May 31, 2016
Great flavor and crunch for an eating apple.
Jon A on May 27, 2016
Good for my area and cooking and eating apple
Christine V on May 20, 2016
Have an apple tree we planted many years ago that never has produced. Hoping by planting this close to it, they will work as pollinators to one another.
John M on May 10, 2016
wife loves these apples
Paul M on May 3, 2016
Crisp, sweet, and perfect size.. One of my favorites! Add to that a sale and free pruning and how could I resist. Hoping a pollinator will go on sale soon. BTW STARK IS THE BEST! my peach & pear trees had just started producing when we moved. I bought nursery trees locally with pollinators and it has been 16 years. They never grew (but didnt die) & never produced.
Michelle B on Apr 23, 2016
Good eating apple and good for pies.
Miguel R on Apr 18, 2016
I needed a pollinator. I have other Galas in my orchard but did not have the specific version you specified as a pollinator.
Kirsten H on Apr 18, 2016
I just love the sweet flavor of this apple.
Steffanie H on Apr 10, 2016
Pollinator for Suncrisp. Replacing tree my husband killed with weedeater!
Norma S on Mar 31, 2016
Family likes Gala apples.
Thomas S on Mar 30, 2016
I love the taste of this apple.
MARY F on Mar 25, 2016
My husband's favorite apple for it's crispiness and taste.
DEBRA K on Mar 24, 2016
For Grandson
Fred B on Mar 14, 2016
A great tasting apple- easy to grow tree
Eugene S on Mar 13, 2016
Good all purpose apple and like the flavor. We already have a golden delicious apple tree that will pollinate the gala.
Vanessa M on Mar 8, 2016
grows well in northern Oklahoma, and produce a fair yield each year
Joseph C on Mar 7, 2016
I like gala apples, but we can't eat tons of them, so I chose the Starkrimson Gala for a stepover espalier. I bought it this spring, cut it off at the knees, and trained two branches to grow laterally, keeping the tips turned upward. They are about 30 inches long now. It's doing very well. I am very pleased.
Henry N on Aug 24, 2016
Excellent texture, good yield, and a good apple for pies, dried fruit and bottled fruit.
James D on Aug 4, 2016
why do i have only 1 branch on an apple tree with flowers?
nancy on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Only if it is the first year of flowering. After that all branches should flower.
Would Jonathan be a good enough pollinator for gala?
JANICE J on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sure, those varieties would cross-pollinate one another ??? a great pairing, especially if you like Galas and Jonathans!
Will this cross pollinate with crimson crisp well?
Jason R on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Gala is an excellent pollinator for many apple varieties, including CrimsonCrisp??.
will the Stark?? Custom Graft?? 2-N-1 Sweet Treat Apple honey crisp and little jewel pollinate the Gala?
Ryan B on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, it will because one of the varieties on the 2N1 tree is Honeycrisp???, which will indeed pollinate Gala.
When should I pick my gals apples? I live near St Patrick MO thanks
Ken S on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Weather and soil conditions have much to do with the right time to harvest; even those vary from year to year. Galas usually ripen in late-August/early September.

Apples tell you they???re ripe by losing the last traces of their green background color and developing full, bright color. Most important, they become less tangy-tart and sweeter in taste. You???ll also notice the seeds turn from white to brown. When picking, just lift them upward quickly. If they???re ready, they will come loose without damage to the tree.
Will the Starkrimson Gala pollinate the Stark Fuji apple tree?
james on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend Granny Smith to pollinate Stark?? Super Red Fuji, but Gala will pollinate it as well. Please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180 if you would like more information; we would be happy to discuss other pollination options and help you find the right tree.
could I cross-pollinate with a JonaGold?
cathylpn on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Gala will pollinate Jonagold, so Jonagold will fruit, but Jonagold is a "pollen sterile" triploid, meaning Gala will not set fruit without another variety as a viable pollen source.

Customer Reviews

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Spectacular promise
I planted the dwarf last year. This year it is loaded with blossoms. So far, so good. BTW, the tree was healthy and strong when it arrived and seems to have done well through an upstate NY winter with little snow cover. Only four stars because I only have blossoms so far, but it is a joy to see the tree doing so well so fast.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Loaded with blooms.
I would recommend this product. Our tree is doing well two years after planting it, and this year it has lots of fertilized flowers.
May 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
Very nice and easy to take care of one of many trees we have
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
no apples
It is two years in the ground and the leaves finally came on this spring. It leafed out about 3 weeks after the other apple trees, and did not bloom. Not real happy with it. The other trees are Stark and I am happy with them. Maybe I just got a lazy tree.
May 15, 2016
over 2 years ago
So far so good.
I got mine in 2015. It felt so strange having a tree for awhile that looked like a dead stick. Now in the spring of 2016 it is doing beautifully. Of course no fruit yet but that is expected. I'm so excited! Yes, it is a long wait, but the sooner you plant one the sooner it will pay off.
May 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Sweet Flovor apples!!
Picked apples for the first time from this new tree and they were wonderful! Great flavor, beautiful apples!!
September 8, 2016
over 2 years ago
Gala Apple tree
Would definitely recommend. I needed a different variety for better pollination, so I chose Starkrimson Gala after all I had heard about it. This tree is doing everything it should right now. It's only been in the ground for a year, so I'm optimistic about fruit inthe next year or two.
May 25, 2016
1 year ago
Starkrimson Gala Apple
nicely branched and symmetrical...starting out quite well this spring
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Gala Appe
Sprouted out well in the Spring. Slow growing, but seems to be making progress.
August 10, 2016
1 year ago
Northern spy doing well but stark Gala Apple did not come back this year
My neighbor has a fruit Grove all stark brothers. When he was in your last year he purchased me a Northern spy and a Gala Apple tree. I added it to my Grove but only the Northern spy came back this year. Both were planted correctly I have many trees not sure what the problem was.
May 19, 2016
1 year ago
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