Apple - Gala

Gala Apple

Malus domestica
One of the most widely grown and popular commercial apples.

Origin: New Zealand 1934

Pollination:  Gala is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Gala Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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History and description of Gala

Raised by J H Kidd , Greytown, Wairarapa Valley, New Zealand c1934 from Kidd's Orange Red x Golden Delicious. Introduced in 1960 and named in 1965. Gala has become a well established and popular commercial variety in New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, North and South America. More recently commercial planting has also been increasing in the UK. The more highly coloured forms Royal Gala and Gala Must are favoured for commercial planting.

Medium sized, oblong-conical fruit. Pale yellow skin covered with bright crimson flush and stripes. Firm, juicy, yellowish cream coloured flesh. At its best Gala can have a lovely sweet perfumed flavour. But it often lacks flavour. Stores well but flavour fades with keeping.

Moderately vigorous, free spurring tree. Partially self-fertile good cropper. Attractive blossom. Resistant to mildew but susceptible to scab and canker. Best avoided in more humid areas but a good garden variety otherwise.

Main characteristics of Gala

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Oct-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Good
Disease resistance  Scab: Susceptible
Canker: Susceptible
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Special features Attractive Blossom

Pollination date  13
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Kidd's Orange RedGolden Delicious