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Can I grow my own pistachios?

Pistachio nuts

Pistachios are super tasty and nutritious snacks that have many fans. There are lots of people who find planting and growing pistachios interesting and fun, and consider growing pistachios for themselves in their homes. However, there are many factors that you have to pay attention to, some of which are even fictional! Keep reading the following for a detailed process of how you can grow pistachios for yourself! 

Climate for growing pistachios 

One of the first things you should consider before trying to grow any kind of plant is to consider the suitable climate needed for that plant. Pistachios are also sensitive to their climate. If you want to grow pistachios in your home, you should make sure that the climate where you are living has hot dry, long summers, and chilling winters. Pistachios need to be in an environment that is arid, and they don’t tend to be flourishing in areas with high humidity. Also, they should not be so close to the ground that they freeze in the winters. 

Another important thing that you need to be paying attention to is that pistachios have wind-pollinating flowers that usually use the spring and summer breeze. Therefore, if you want to grow pistachios for yourself and you are living in the US, then you’d better be living in the following areas: West of Texas, the high desert of New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and California. 

The best soil for growing pistachios 

Now that the readers of this post are filtered, and some left the page due to the fact they found out they can’t grow pistachios, let’s talk about soil with the rest of you, lucky nut-lovers. Soil is super important for the growth of your plant and it doesn’t need more emphasis. 

Pistachios thrive in almost deep, dry, light, and sandy soils with a high concentration level of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3). Pistachios can not grow well in wet and heavy soils, and the soil should be well-draining.

Required space to grow pistachios at home

Pistachios grow to be small trees that are not much tall. In fact, each pistachio tree should be planted about twenty feet apart from the other. Any less distance leads to lowered quality and quantity of production, because the space between the trees becomes overcrowded, and the trees would shadow each other. This issue can also make harvesting and pruning difficult. 

The technical stuff starts from the fact that the male (pollinator) tree should be planted in a location where it can take the most advantage from the winds so that the winds could blow the pollens across to the female trees. Therefore, you should pay attention to two main factors in terms of space: the gender of the pistachio tree, and the prevailing direction of the wind. You should also consider that for every one male tree, you can plant ten to fifteen female trees.

Best time to grow pistachios

After finding proper space for growing pistachios, you should find a time machine that can take you back in time for about twenty years. That is because reaching peak production of pistachios will take about twenty years from the point they are planted. 

I hope you’re still reading because what I am about to tell you can inspire you to not let go of your dream of having pistachio trees in your yard. It will only take about five years after planting pistachios that you can see the first pistachios. However, you may have to wait a couple more years to receive a good yield of pistachios. You should also, consider the fact that pistachios tend toward alternate bearing, which means if you are getting a good yield of pistachios this year, it won’t happen as much next year, as the pistachio tree is saving up nutrition.

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Best time to harvest pistachios

Hopefully, either you have found the time machine, or proper mature trees that are developing, which usually takes place in early summer. Pistachios ripen in August and September. When it is time you harvest the pistachios, you can find them in pinkish-yellow hulls, and the nuts have begun separating from the epicarp. 

In a nutshell

Planting and growing pistachios for yourself and at your home is something most people can’t do because it needs special care, conditions, and time (lots and lots of time) in order to reach peak production. You can still try to plant and grow pistachios in your yard, and hope to see its fruits! As, the Persians say “After a lifetime of reaping what others sowed, let’s sow so that others can reap”.

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