Buckeye® Gala Apple
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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.”
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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.
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.
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