Plant ID forum: This is a gala apple right?

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 15, 2017 7:15 PM CST
The store had the wrong signs on a lot of fruits and veggies. What I thought for some things maybe were a different variety of the produce I had inteded to buy, but ended up being listed on my receipt as what I had first thought it was when I checked at home. Anyway they had 6 different apples and I typically don't like the dark red ones, so I grabbed these ones instead. These are gala apples right?

I've also already germinated these seeds as an experiment and voila! it grew in 3 days. Though I most likely won't keep the plant and will give it to a friend or sell it, i'd still like to confirm it. Thanks!


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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 15, 2017 7:36 PM CST
It doesn't look like Gala to me, they're usually more streaky although some are more solid colour. But even if it is a Gala the seeds won't give you a Gala apple tree.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 15, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Maybe it's a Jazz apple? They're really sweet. I don't know what I'll get from them, but I don't think I'd keep an apple tree like this one for us here. Though maybe my nieces would like to have this in their backyard or my nephews, but the boys live further away from me, either way i'm sure the kids would like it even if it doesn't grow true seed. Thanks for your response! :)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 16, 2017 8:34 AM CST
Renae, if you want to give your nieces and nephews an apple tree, go to the nursery and buy a grafted tree that's sure to give tasty apples. The apples you get from that seedling - years from now - will not be like that apple.

It would be a big disappointment to the kids if they tenderly planted and grew your seedling from that apple for years, then when they finally got some apples they were yucky, woody sour apples.

I agree with Sooby, it doesn't look like a Gala to me either, but might be a Jazz.
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 16, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Yea, I was discussing it with their father about how it would be a long time before this tree would have any growth anytime soon and I think I may just take all the kids to a nursery in another town instead to pick out a tree they all agree on. This way it gives them results faster. I know they have an orange tree in the yard, but I don't think they like oranges all that much. I'll figure something out with them. Thanks Elaine
Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Feb 17, 2017 8:01 AM CST
Not to mention in zone 9b you might not ever see apples anyway since majority of apple varieties need more chill hours each winter than your area will provide. Plus, I think most apples need a pollinator, so if this is the only one around, any blooms that might appear likely won't set fruit.

Of course, keep in mind this is all based off of past reading - I don't live in an area where apples do well either, so I'm certainly no expert. That said, I have three varieties I planted a few years ago that are supposed to be low chill varieties.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 17, 2017 3:10 PM CST
I don't know if there's any apples that grow in this valley...I know there's huge orange fields, lemons, corns, grapes, walnuts, almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, persimmon's, cotton, loquats, strawberries, and pomegranates in the area, but I'm not too sure I've seen an apple tree around these parts. Oh! and I just saw a fig tree today too! It was probably the highlight of my day. It was SO beautiful!
Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 17, 2017 3:22 PM CST
According to this article, the San Joaquin Valley is a major apple producing area:

http://www.ipmcenters.org/crop...
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 17, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Op then there you go :lol:

I think there is an apple picking farm up north towards Fresno. I haven't seen any apples near me though, but I guess there is some somewhere around here haha

thanks sue I tip my hat to you.
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robertduval14
Feb 17, 2017 3:39 PM CST

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If you pull a seed out of a 'Gala' apple (or any other apple variety, for that matter) there is no guarantee that it's offspring will be true to parent. In short, your new 'plant' is likely just a random hybrid and there is no telling what, if any, of the fruit will be like. That's not to say that it won't be good, you just can't know that yet.

As far as your apple in the picture goes, you could probably narrow it down based on what your market is selling, but there is no real way to ID most apple cultivars based on the look of the fruit alone as there are 1000's of apple varieties and many look very much the same.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 17, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Yup, lots of orchards around here RenaeC..just going down I-5 you will see a lot of them and going towards El Dorado County, several apple orchards there too.
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eclayne
Feb 17, 2017 3:45 PM CST

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Just an fyi that certain Crabapples are often used as Apple pollinators.
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RenaeC
Feb 17, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Well only one way to find out is to grow it and see what happens. I also bought the apples from the specialty store. There isn't a sticker on the apples. But, im not too worried about it anymore since I'm giving the kids a different tree, but thanks for the info though :)
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Henhouse
Feb 17, 2017 6:43 PM CST
[quote="Carter"]Not to mention in zone 9b you might not ever see apples anyway since majority of apple varieties need more chill hours each winter than your area will provide. Plus, I think most apples need a pollinator, so if this is the only one around, any blooms that might appear likely won't set fruit.

I'm 9b and apples and pears do great!. Santa Cruz County was known for it's apples (ever hear of Martinelli?).. Sadly, many of the orchards are torn up now and planted with berries.

For what it's worth, I believe this one is a Gala.. very prolific..
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