Pistachios are the fruit of the Pistache tree, which originated in Asia, and is also known as the Chinese Pistache. The tree produces a tasty fruit used in many recipes. The outer shell of the pistachio fruit can be bright red, pale green or even white. The trees are drought-resistant and thrive in areas with long, dry summers. They do not adapt well to humidity and thus are not grown in tropical regions.
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Choose a Pistache tree that is at least one year old or older if you want it to produce fruit sooner. Pistache trees are very slow growing trees that do not produce fruit until they are at least five years old. If you do not mind the wait, purchase small seedlings.
Call around to local nurseries and ask them if they carry the Pistache tree. Since Pistache trees only thrive in California and semi-arid regions, they are not available in all areas of the country. In these cases, you must order the tree online if you wish to try and cultivate it.
Choose a variety of Pistache tree that actually produces nuts, as there are several ornamental varieties that do not. Ask a garden centre employee for assistance in selecting a fruiting variety.
Purchase a male variety and a female variety of Pistache in order to have pistachios, since a single tree will not develop fruit. Likewise, two female trees or two male trees will not produce fruit. According to the Hot Gardens website, the Peters tree is the most popular male tree and the Kerman is the most popular female tree.
Examine the soil at the base of Pistache tree to see if the soil is soggy. Pistache trees do not like to sit in water, and soggy soil will harm them. The soil should only be damp to the touch.
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