All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Gala Apple tree

Owner: wrussellayres@Yahoo.Com

Location:  Fort Valley, GA, United States

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:Standard, non dwarfing rootstock
Soil:Loam 
Climate at this location:Hot, humid summers. Mild winters
Pruning:Maintain central leader form
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Heavy crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Not sure
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Plum curculio, stink bugs, june bugs

Owner's comments

Has been a heavy, consistent producer of medium sized apples at my location in middle Georgia in the Southeastern U.S. Most will have about a 75 % red blush over a golden background. There is always a few that do not develop much red blush at all, though. Blooms profusely, sets a heavy crop every year. It must be thinned hard to produce fruit of acceptable size. Susceptible to fire blight, but in two attacks out of the 10 years of the tree's life, the blight has only affected flowers and maybe the top 2 inches on scattered branches across the tree. The taste has a little tang to it making that perfect to me.

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 29 March
    Harvest: 1st week August
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 14 April
    Harvest: 2nd week August
    Full crop, nice fruit
  • 2009

    Spring blossom: 20 April
    Harvest: 2nd week August
    near full crop, size a little smaller than normal

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