Malus domestica 'GALA'

Malus domestica
Malus domestica 'GALA'
apple tree - late - self-fertile
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:white a pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Fruit trees
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Gala is one of the most famous and popular apple varieties renowned for its great taste as well as reliability. It originated in New Zealand in 1934, bred by J.H.Kidd as a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious. With WWII coming the time was not right for apples so it had to wait until 1960 for its introduction. Since then it has literally conquered the world, without weapons or war strategies, and now is present on all continents. It is still widely cultivated though newer sports such as Royal Gala and Gala Must are available.

Gala apple is medium sized, oval to conical, of yellow skin with soft scarlet red flush all over in various depth, and typical red stripes. The taste is excellent - so sweet, aromatic, and only mildly acidic. The flesh is pale yellow, crispy, and extremely juicy. It can be harvested from late October, and tastes great eaten off the tree, or even better after 3-4 weeks of storing when more sugars have developed. It stores well until late spring but loses flavour with age. It is fully resistant to powdery mildew and reasonably resistant to scab under good growing conditions. Heavy cropper.

Apple trees will grow in almost any well-drained soil but for best results provide them with deep, fertile soil and keep it moist at least 6 months after transplanting, and in early summer when fruit is formed. It is partially self-fertile but for high yield will need a pollinator such as Čistecké, Elstar, Falstaff, Granny Smith, James Grieve + Red, Jonathan, Kent, Melrose, Opal, Otava, Pinova, Rajka, Red Delicious, Reine des Reinettes, Rubinette, Rubinola, Spartan, or Starking. Pruning can be done in frost-free periods of winter but it grows best being left to its own devices. Hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 02-02-2019
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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