Pistachio: Planting and Care Tips

A pistachio tree at home? Possible and easy to get, of course with a step-by-step guide on how to sprout them and grow them in pots. This edible seed has many reasons to encourage you to plant it at home. For example, it protects your eyesight because of its high antioxidant content, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin. A study by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Spain, indicates that these substances are essential for eye health. In addition, 1 ounce of pistachios (about 49 pieces) provide 159 calories and vitamin B6 – contributes to the formation of haemoglobin, a molecule that transports oxygen to red blood cells, fiber and protein.

Pistachios in pots, if you grow them this way you can sprout them in very easy steps

Step 1:

You will need a handful of pistachios. It is very important that they are not roasted! First you need to remove the hard shell and put the pistachios in a glass of water. You will need to leave them overnight to rehydrate them in a dark place.

Step 2:

Having done this, in a plate or bowl put a dry napkin, in this go and deposit the pistachios. Cover them with paper; it should be moist. Leave them like this for four to 10 days until they sprout. It is important to keep them wet if you see them dry, add water.

Step 3:

To plant your pistachios you need a pot that has a good depth so that the roots grow properly. You can also reuse a plastic bottle, cutting off only the top.

Step 4:

Fill your pot with potting soil and with the help of a knife or your fingers make several holes and place the sprouted pistachio.

Note: The soil should not completely cover the sprouts. Remember that pistachios like the sun, so if possible place them in the window or on the patio at home and water frequently.

Tips to keep in mind when growing pistachios in pots

  1. Pistachio needs plenty of light for its proper development, so you need to provide it with sunlight from the time you sow the seeds so that the bush will flower without any problems.
  2. Pistachio prefers dry soil, so it is necessary to ensure water drainage to eliminate excess water.
  3. While the plant is growing, it is good to water it regularly as this promotes pistachio production at the beginning of the harvest.
  4. Be careful of winter frosts as they can ruin your crop.
  5. This tree takes time to grow, so be very patient.
  6. It should be pruned during the first months of the year (January and February), this can be done by removing dead wood from its trunk and cutting back some of its shoots.
  7. It can be invaded by spiders, aphids and other pests, so you have to be careful with them.
  8. You can propagate it by cuttings or seeds.

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