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Gala' Dessert Apple Tree - Bare Root

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Gala' Dessert Apple Tree - Bare Root
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'Gala' Dessert Apple Tree - Root Wrapped

Gala dessert apples are very crispy, sweet, and mild in flavour, and are usually red in colour with a portion of greenish or yellow-green stripes. Good crops of firm, grainy apples with a thinner skin than most apples are ready for harvesting in November and can be overwintered until March in cool and dry storage conditions. A cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd's Orange Red, the Gala apple is currently one of the most extensively grown apples in the world. An excellent variety for fresh preparations.

Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: white/pink
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3-4m
  • Rootstock: MM106 - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Comes in a: no pot - root wrapped
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
  • Harvesting Period: November
  • Season of Use: November - March
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bush, cordon, espalier, fan
  • Uses: eating fresh
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: fast
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: almost all normal garden soil with pH 6.5 - 7.5
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 4m

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Dig a hole approximately a third wider than the root ball. Carefully yet firmly backfill the remaining soil around the root ball and water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination:

  • Pollination Group: 4

Each fruiting tree has ideal pollination partners. These are divided into groups and are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4). In normal suburban planting, apples are usually planted in large numbers to give adequate pollination. The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather in blossom time, limiting the activity of insects.

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Optional Extras
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This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.

 
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