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Gala Apple Tree

Gala Apple Tree

Gala Apple Tree

Gala Apple Tree

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The Gala produces plenty of heart-shaped fruit the first year under optimal conditions. Its one of our most popular apple trees, maybe because it makes the best apple sauce! Harvest your apples in August or September.

*images shown are of mature plants

Gala Apple Tree

Enjoy your crisp Gala apples as soon as the first year!


The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees...

Bare-root trees are grown in a field and naturally have a larger root system than container grown trees. This means you get a plant that will become established quicker and provide you with superior growth in the spring.

Your tree arrives dormant (sleeping for the winter). Without foliage to support, it doesn't require as much water or nutrients to survive. So transplanting is stress-free.

If you plant in the winter, your roots will continue to grow and become more established. When spring arrives you will see bright new foliage appearing.

Selling bare-root trees allows us to offer you a higher quality product at a lower price.

4-5 ft.

Ships Mon, Dec 29th
List: $ 119.95
Sale: $ 77.97
6 at $ 74.07 each
Planting Mix for Apple Trees
Gala Apple Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Gala Apple Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 9.09
Gala Apple Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 7.74

• One of the country's most popular apples!
• Produces fruit years earlier than other apple trees
• Low maintenance, grow organically

Don't wait 3 to 5 years to start picking your Gala apples – plant a better developed tree for earlier fruit and a lifetime of apples!

Gala apples are so popular because of their sweet taste, but more importantly their crisp, firm texture. They resist bruising, softening and other defects. You can even store them for up to 6 months.

Gala Apple Trees produce fruit in late spring for picking in August and September. On average you will get between 6 to 12 bushels of Gala Apples when your tree is mature.

Gala Apple Trees are adaptable and easy to grow. Yours will quickly mature to an ideal height of up to 15 feet and have a full, oval shape - making it an attractive yard tree as well.

You can even grow your Gala Apples organically. Grow your fruit without spraying chemicals.

Our trees are pruned back and trained to develop a massive branching structure. This process means more work and an extra year for us, but the difference you experience is dramatic.

Before your trees are shipped, we give them one final pruning at no additional cost to you. This final pruning allows your trees to remain "dwarfed," which means you have more apples at a safe, easy picking height!

With proper care, you will be able to start picking apples after the first season, or as soon as the first year under optimal conditions.

Order early because our popular Gala apple trees sell out quickly. Only limited quantities available.


Gala Apple Tree Pollination

Gala Apple Trees are partially self-fertile. However, you will receive a much larger crop if pollinated by the following apple trees...
•  Fuji Apple Tree •  Jonathan Apple Tree
•  Granny Smith Apple Tree •  McIntosh Apple Tree
•  Red Delicious Apple Tree •  Pink Lady Apple Tree
•  Honeycrisp Apple Tree •  Yellow Delicious Apple Tree

Crab Apple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time, they produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

For more information on apple pollination, view our Apple Pollination Guide.

Growing Zones: 5-8

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 8-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Rootstock: EMLA-111
Botanical Name: Malus 'Gala'
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, OR,
Growing Zones 5-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Gala Apple Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Gala Apple Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Gala Apple Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Gala Apple Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Bought this tree two years ago. No sign of apples, but shipping and packaging were great. I hope that it makes apples for $70, feeling pretty foolish. They sell these at local farm stores for $15 and take 3-5 for apples and that looks like the path its taking anyways :
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December 31, 2012
Bought this tree along with a peach tree two years ago. They are growing slowly, no disease, and no problems. But no signs of fruit to be seen. Sad, I paid a lot of money for ""fast growing trees"" and nothing so far.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Just got my new gala apple tree along with 4 other trees. I am very pleased. They are all beautiful and healthy. I can't wait to plant them. Thanks everyone at fast growing trees for my beautiful new babies! :D
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December 31, 2012
I bought a our Gala in June or July of 2011, it is doing OK, it was nearly girdled over the winter by rabbits or voles; however, it is a pretty resilient tree and is still kicking. No apples this year, the Yellow Delicious we bought with it is producing after one year, however. I would recommend the tree and Fast-Growing Trees, just be sure to wrap your apple trees well in northern Illinois!
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Growth Rate
Newly planted Gala apple tree
Got the tree in August and planted it as soon as it arrived. Came in a large cardboark box,since I had purchased two (2) trees. The Gala tre was a good 6 ft tall with plenty of branches and a good amount of leaves on. The root ball was quite large but I got it out by cutting one side of the black plastic pot all the way down and simply lifted the tree out.. It's now Oct. so it's been about 2 months planted. I can see signs of new shoots and new leaves forming. Obviously, no fruit this year. Over all I'd say the tree looks very good and healthy. I can't wait for next spring to see how it grows!
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October 4, 2014
5 months ago
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Hoping it Survives
I received the gala apple tree in the mail and it was in good condition. I planted it according to the directions provided and have watered it daily. However, it has lost many if not most of its leaves and has not produced any apples. I was told that more than likely I would have apples this year since it was a relatively large apple tree. There are no apples and also very few leaves left on the tree. Gets plenty of sun and moderate water should be fine. Hoping it survives!
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September 28, 2014
5 months ago
Hanging in there
It hasn't grown since I planted it in June, despite following all planting instructions and watering well once per week. But it hasn't died either, so I am hopeful it will take off next spring.
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September 15, 2014
6 months ago
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when should I plant a gala tree?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: Early fall is a great time to plant apple trees.
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Is December too late to plant? How do I keep it alive until early fall?
Bingo on Dec 6, 2014
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I received in the box with a gala apple tree a small clear plastic bag with what I believe are fertilizer pellets, there are three in the bag. How should the fertilizer pellets be used? Thank you.
Karen G on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: Place one tablet about six inches beneath the soil. Once water hits it the table will expand and nutrients will travel to the roots.
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I'm confused.Your page on Gala apples states it's fast growing, but the review page states that it is slow growing. Which is it?
C. R on Dec 12, 2014
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i live in Brampton ontario, canada my soil is mostly clay. can a gala apple tree grow here?
michael s on Oct 27, 2014
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Where do they come from?
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 13th
  Zone 6 March 30th
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $12.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$79.99 $19.95
$80.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99+ ~32%

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.