Gala Apple Tree

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About the Gala Apple Tree

Crisp and snappy! The Gala Apple Tree (Malus domestica ‘Gala’) has a fascinating origin story, hailing from New Zealand, where it was first discovered in the 1930s. Since then, it has become one of the most beloved and widely grown apple varieties in the world. Its popularity is not only attributed to its luscious taste but also to its eye-catching appearance.

The Gala apple boasts a delectable, sweet-tart flavor that is perfectly balanced with a refreshing crispness and juiciness, making it an ideal choice for snacking, fresh salads, cooking, and baking. It stores well too, so plan to make this your go-to cooking and canning apple.

The fruit’s skin is a stunning work of art with orange-red stripes accentuating a yellow background, giving it a truly striking and appetizing appeal. Harvest in the height of apple season, around early October.

How to Grow a Gala Apple Tree

Cultivating a thriving Gala apple tree is a rewarding experience, and with the right conditions and care, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of these delectable apples. When choosing a location for your Gala apple tree, ensure it receives full sunlight for at least 6-8 hours each day.

The Gala apple tree prefers well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. Proper pruning promotes fruit production and overall tree health. In the spring, apply balanced fertilizer to provide the necessary nutrients for vigorous growth and optimal fruit development.

Be vigilant in monitoring your Gala apple tree for common pests and diseases, implementing appropriate preventive measures and treatments to protect your crop. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See recommended pollinators below.

Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a newcomer to fruit tree cultivation, the Gala apple tree is a delightful addition to any orchard or garden, providing beauty, flavor, and abundance.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 700
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tart
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best pollination.

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

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.


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