Indigenous to Western Asia, the pistachio is a small, deciduous, ornamental bush with an open habit and attractive drooping foliage which slowly grows to a height of 10m. The fruit is a drupe, containing an elongated edible seed and are borne in heavy clusters that hang from the tree. The edible seed have mauve skin and light green flesh with a hard creamy light brown exterior shell that splits partially open as the fruit ripens.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Pistachios thrive in areas which have winters cool enough to break bud dormancy and hot, long summers.

    They are considerably drought resistant and very tolerant of high summer temperatures.

    Trees will not tolerate excessive dampness and high humidity.

    Pistachios should be planted in full sun.

    The trees do best on soils that are deep, friable and well drained but moisture retaining. It can however, grow in virtually any soil.

    Provide deep, infrequent watering.

    Make sure that you do not pond water around trees as they do not like standing in water.

    The trees should be trained to a modified central leader with 4 or 5 main scaffold limbs branching about 1.5m. from the ground. Once tree shape is formed, little pruning is needed.

    Tree spacing varies from 5x5m up to 7x7m.

    Trees should be planted an inch deeper than the depth it was grown in the container.


  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-3 cups (400-600g)

    Commercial Use: 250-750g    

    Comments: Mix half in thoroughly with soil and the other half apply to the surface of the soil, so that it is evenly spread around the tree.


    Stage: Young & Mature

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2½-20cups(0.5-4kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 4kg  

    Comments: Gradually increase the rates up to the maximum of 4kg per tree. Apply twice a year, once in spring and again late summer/early autumn.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.