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Randy Pistachio Tree
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    Randy Pistachio Tree

    SKU SKU172901
    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 15 ft.
    Botanical: Pistacia vera ‘Randy’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ
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    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Growing Zones: 7-11
    Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
    Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 15 ft.
    Botanical: Pistacia vera ‘Randy’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    A Secret to Growing Lots of Pistachios

    Pistachio nuts are produced only on female trees! And the flowers on female trees need a little help – from a male pistachio tree whose flowers provide the pollen necessary for fertilization. And it also makes a difference when different types of trees bloom, because the flowers on male and female trees need to bloom at the same time for cross-pollination to happen. Our plant experts have chosen the perfect combination of male and female trees so you don’t have to figure out the science behind this process. And we found the best male pistachio tree – Randy Pistachio (Pistacia vera ‘Randy’) is the hands-down choice!

    It’s All in the Breeding
    Randy Pistachio is the result of a pistachio breeding program at the University of California. This cultivar was introduced in 2005, and in five short years it was already being produced commercially. The same breeding program also introduced a superior female pistachio tree – Golden Hills Pistachio (Pistacia vera ‘Golden Hills’). But you don’t have to be a commercial pistachio grower to grow these trees, because we are able to offer this dynamic combination to backyard growers!

    Improved Pollen Count
    What makes Randy Pistachio such an outstanding male cultivar is the percentage of viable pollen it produces to fertilize the flowers of female trees. Before Randy’s introduction, another male tree was the pollen partner of choice. But rigorous lab testing confirmed that pollen from Randy Pistachio trees was 30 percent more viable than the former frontrunner!

    Growing Tips
    Sometimes, the focus of attention is on female pistachio trees, because they produce the pistachios. But good harvests also depend in large part on the health of male pistachio trees. Randy Pistachio is an easy-care tree, but it grows best when you meet its few needs for optimal health.

    Planting tip. Before you randomly plant Randy Pistachio close to a female tree, give thought to its placement. Pistachio pollen is carried by the wind – not insects – to fertilize female flowers. So plant Randy Pistachio upwind of female trees, about 20 feet away, for maximum pollen dispersal. • Sun. Keep Randy Pistachio in the peak of health by planting it in a full-sun location. • Soil. Loose, well-draining, fertile soil is best for a healthy root system. • Water. Randy Pistachio responds to moist soil, so be sure to keep the tree irrigated if there’s an extended drought. • Fertilizer. Ask your local Cooperative Extension Service to perform a soil test so you can provide any needed nutrients through a fertilization program.

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