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Gala Apple on G.890 (Spring 2022)


A popular, sweet dessert apple that stores well. Also known as Kidd's D-8.

A moderately vigorous tree with an upright habit, Gala is partially self-fertile, but a pollenizer should be present for full productivity. This tree is somewhat susceptible to all major apple diseases: fireblight, scab, mildew, cedar-apple rust, and perennial and anthracnose canker. It is also susceptible to blister spot, but this is a cosmetic issue that will be of concern only to commercial growers. Gala is a relatively low-chill variety and it can be grown in climates with milder winters. Southern growers will also be pleased to learn that it shows resistance to alternaria. The bloom is frost hardy and the young fruit should be thinned for optimal size at maturity.

Gala is a small to medium-sized apple with thin skin and crisp, firm flesh. Its grandparentage includes Cox's Orange Pippin (Kidd's Orange Red (Cox's Orange Pippin x Red Delicious) x Golden Delicious), and this is apparent in its light-colored orange blush and streaks that deepen to red as the apple fully ripens. This richly-flavored sweet apple is a great choice for the home grower who will allow the fruit to reach full maturity. Gala rewards such patience with an aromatic pear-like sweetness that is far superior to supermarket offerings, which are often either picked too early or stored for too long to have optimal flavor. Gala will keep well in regular storage for up to five months, but the flavor will lose complexity over this time.

Gala was developed in New Zealand by J.H. Kidd, who also bred Kidd's Orange Red and Freyberg. In 2018, Gala was the most widely grown commercial apple in the United States, knocking Red Delicious off its perch for the first time in 50 years. The original Gala has produced numerous sports, which are typically cultivated for their Gala-like flavor with improved appearance. In New Zealand, the redder Royal Gala has almost entirely replaced Gala.

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A moderately vigorous tree with an upright habit, Gala is partially self-fertile, but a pollenizer should be present for full productivity. This tree is somewhat susceptible to all major apple diseases: fireblight, scab, mildew, cedar-apple rust, and perennial and anthracnose canker. It is also susceptible to blister spot, but this is a cosmetic issue that will be of concern only to commercial growers. Gala is a relatively low-chill variety and it can be grown in climates with milder winters. Southern growers will also be pleased to learn that it shows resistance to alternaria. The bloom is frost hardy and the young fruit should be thinned for optimal size at maturity.

Gala is a small to medium-sized apple with thin skin and crisp, firm flesh. Its grandparentage includes Cox's Orange Pippin (Kidd's Orange Red (Cox's Orange Pippin x Red Delicious) x Golden Delicious), and this is apparent in its light-colored orange blush and streaks that deepen to red as the apple fully ripens. This richly-flavored sweet apple is a great choice for the home grower who will allow the fruit to reach full maturity. Gala rewards such patience with an aromatic pear-like sweetness that is far superior to supermarket offerings, which are often either picked too early or stored for too long to have optimal flavor. Gala will keep well in regular storage for up to five months, but the flavor will lose complexity over this time.

Gala was developed in New Zealand by J.H. Kidd, who also bred Kidd's Orange Red and Freyberg. In 2018, Gala was the most widely grown commercial apple in the United States, knocking Red Delicious off its perch for the first time in 50 years. The original Gala has produced numerous sports, which are typically cultivated for their Gala-like flavor with improved appearance. In New Zealand, the redder Royal Gala has almost entirely replaced Gala.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, freezing, sauce
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Kidd's Orange Red x Golden Delicious
Origin: New Zealand
Introduced in: 1934
Introduced by: J. H. Kidd

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 550
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.890 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Powdery Mildew: Very Susceptible
Perennial Canker: Susceptible
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Fireblight: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Apple Blister Spot: Susceptible
Alternaria Leaf Blotch: Resistant
Anthracnose Canker and Bull's-eye Rot: Very Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? Partial
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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Tremlett's Bitter Apple on G.890 2022 5
Newtown Pippin Apple on G.30 2022 3
Redfield Apple on G.890 2022 2

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