TASTY TREAT RIGHT OFF THE TREE
- Sweet and juicy flavor to this crunchy apple
- Bright red fruit with deep red stripes through it
- Pink buds open to fragrant white blooms in spring
- Green foliage all season longs turns a bright yellow come fall
- Blooms attract bees and other pollinators each spring
- Fast growing with an early fruit harvest
- Larger harvest when planted with Honeycrisp, Granny Smith or Fuji Apples
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 5-8
- Mature Height: 8-12' tall
- Mature Width: 8-12' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 8-12' apart
Why plant Buckeye® Gala Apple Bare Root?
Even though it’s often stored for months and then shipped halfway around the world before ever reaching the produce aisle, Gala is one of America’s favorite apples. So just imagine what a ripe, juicy, FRESH Gala apple will taste like when you pick it off your own tree! After you’ve grown your own Galas, you may not be able to go back to supermarket apples again. This sweet, fragrant apple is tops for packing in a lunch box, and it also cooks down into a delectable applesauce, making it a little easier for even the pickiest eaters of the family to get their “apple a day.”
The Gala Apple Tree was hybridized in New Zealand in the 1930s by James Hutton Kidd, an English-born fruit grower who, sadly, didn’t live to see the wild success of his introduction. Kidd died in 1945, and the Gala Apple didn’t go into production until the 1960s. It didn’t enter American markets until the 1970s. To create this wonder apple, Kidd first crossed Cox’s Orange Pippin, a beloved British dessert apple, with Red Delicious. Then he crossed the resulting hybrid with Golden Delicious. It took several years for the seedlings of each pairing to bear fruit and reveal whether they were worth keeping or not, but in the end, the patience of Kidd and the breeders who carried on his work paid off. Buckeye Gala comes from a branch sport found on an Imperial Gala in Ohio. It has a tanginess in its flavor that adds to each bite of this sweet, juicy, crunchy apple. Like the original Gala, it is a high yielding apple with very few alternate bearing or 'off' years.
How to use Buckeye® Gala Apple Bare Root in the landscape?
Your garden will be a gala in spring with this tree’s fragrant apple blossoms, which are soft pink in bud, opening to white. Bees will eagerly work the flowers, ensuring that there will be a good crop of apples to follow if a suitable “pollinizer” is around. Gala is partially self-fertile, which means that it will set some fruit on its own, but crops will be heavier with another Apple Tree, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gibson Yellow Delicious or Fuji, nearby. Most Crabapple Trees, like Donald Wyman, Snowdrift, or Dolgo, will also do the job if you decide that one Apple Tree is plenty for your family.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
How To Plant Buckeye® Gala Apple Bare Root
The Gala Apple Tree isn’t difficult to keep alive, but to make it really thrive and to get a good crop of healthy fruit from it does require a bit of know-how. Plant this tree in an open, sunny area in soil that is well drained. Avoid planting it in a low area of the landscape or “frost pocket” (although Gala does show more tolerance to late frosts than other Apple Trees). It has a low chill requirement and is well adapted to areas with mild winters. Now for the bad news: Gala Apple is highly susceptible to both fire blight and apple scab. These diseases can be controlled by preventative sprays.
How To Water
Water deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Always promptly remove and destroy any diseased branches, leaves, or fruit from your Apple tree and around the base. Leaving those in place could cause reinfection the following year.
How Does Shipping Work?
Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.
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