How to Start Pistachio Farm

Why pistachio? Because this is one of the nuts that will give you unimaginable profits once you successfully started and ran the business! Know how to own a pistachio farm now!

Since they pistachios are expensive and popular, it is one of the most desirable businesses to start.

Having a farm can even give you bigger profits compared when you buy and sell these delicious and flavorful nuts. By starting with a small farm and having clients to supply, this can make you one of the big entrepreneurs in the pistachio farming industry. Now, all you need to know is how to start pistachio farm and how to successfully run it.

Finding a suitable location for farming pistachios is the first step that you should accomplish before planting. If planted in the right location, the plants will grow healthy and only few pests will threaten the seedlings. The height can also be maintained with minimal pruning. The plants can tolerate winter’s cold temperature though in summer, it requires a hot and dry climate to have fully-developed fruits. This is also referred to as the Mediterranean climate. Deep well drained soil is also an important factor.

When it comes to pollination, there can be so much fuss when it comes to pistachio plants. Wind is the main mode of natural pollination that these plants use but hand pollination can also be done if you have much time or if you have assistants. The issue with this plant is that it is “dioecious” because you need both male and female plants in order to bear fruits. Most commercial pistachio growers use a variety of male pistachios in order to pollination a wide farm of female pistachios. Pollen availability must always be monitored.

Roots of the plants are very important for it to become healthy. For home growers with small farm, deep rooting capabilities must be considered. So if you are growing these plants in containers before transplanting, you have to make sure that you plant it in a deep container. Grafting is also a great option but this requires great skills. A little advice if you are going to buy seedling from nurseries: it has to have a female and male/double-grafted plant and not yet overdeveloped in the pot. Don’t prune back the tap root when transplanting. The root system being moist is a must but it should not be drowning the plant.

After you have successfully planted or transplanted the pistachio plants, you will no longer have much worry. The pistachio plant is tolerant with droughts. But it needs regular showers or moisture in order to grow good fruits. You can select from different varieties of this plant but most growers usually prefer Siora because nuts split consistently.

Storing the fruits is a good choice in business. What you will do is to get the ripe fruits ant then let it dry. It has to be salted to extend its life. Start making sales and this can be the start of your pistachio farming career.
 

30 Comments

  • Daniel Ssekiboobo said on December 25, 2009
    i live in Uganda. i need information about these pistachio urgently
  • Maria Ellul said on April 23, 2010
    I am located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea on the island of Malta
  • Ben Kotzur said on May 17, 2010
    I live in Australia, nsw 100km north of wagga, i would like to learn about pistachios, and the soil types they like, i think we have the climate
  • susan said on October 15, 2010
    I live in Tucson AZ and want to get information about starting pistachio farming in this general area. Hot, Dry, Chilly in winter and Roasting in Summer - where is the best area nearby?
  • JAMA MOHAMED said on March 4, 2011
    A AM LOCATED IN NAIROBI KENYA I WOULD LIKE TO PLANT PISTACHIO, CABBAGES, GREENGRAMS, GROUNDNUTS CAN YOU HELP
  • ahmad said on September 9, 2011
    I am contacting you from Iran. I own 10 acres of pistachio orchards in the city in Fars province Sarvestan am. I have a special offer for you. And its investment in the construction of pistachio orchards in Iran is in my city. Sarvestan land is plentiful in the garden of pistachio. I suggest you aim to invest in this partnership with you. I work out of your investment. I will share 80% and 20% share. You can also build a package and export of pistachio orchards are doing it. So that farmers can buy products and the packaging you export to world markets. Note that investors in the room you will support the governor Sarvestan. Here is the pistachio capital of 50 thousand dollars for the garden begins. And up to $ 1 million or more are also. I think a good investment in this sector. Because of the low return on investment can have a good profit. I am waiting for your answer. Rohani Ahmad. Tel: 00989380062998, Address: Sarvestan city of Fars province, Iran 7345118869
  • abolfazl abkar said on December 10, 2011
    i live in iran. i have MSc student soil mapping and i grow pistachio. i hope could help to farmer as Consulting Engineer in the garden of pistachio. abolfazl abkar. Tel:00989399187871
  • Nadeem Shahzad said on March 5, 2012
    I live in Pakistan interested in pistachio farming, please give some relevant effective information with the weather effects, Thanks. Regards, Nadeem Shahzad. Lahore, Pakistan
  • KEVIN BANACH said on May 4, 2012
    I currently live in Illinois but will be moving to Maricopa,AZ. I wanted to start a pistachio farm for selfish reason but after reading into this a bit more it sound profitable not only for my selfish/health needs but for other in the surrounding area. Would southwest Arizona be a good place for a farm?
  • rana said on May 14, 2012
    Can you give me more information on the yield/acre and what the average profit margins are for pistachio farming?
  • curt swafford said on May 30, 2012
    i live in terlingua, texas on the chihuhuan desert. when i lived in el paso (same desert) there were some pistachios farms in the area so i assume they will grow here in the big bend national park area. i have several questions. one what is the cost of starting up an acre? how long before i can harvest the trees and see a gainful profit? i'm considering planting them near a well but the water is high in total dissolved solids. will this water be bad for them or good? when the trees are mature how much can i realistic expect to make off one acre? curt
  • Julio Baez said on August 16, 2012
    Hello my name is Julio Baez I am located in Odessa,TX I have 500 trees of pistachios and they have real good product at the moment. I am looking for buyers on this area or close by also I need to know where i can purchase a mechanical shaker attachment for my trator. Is a medium size kubota. I am new to the business and I need as much guidance that I can get. Please help, Thank you. Julio Baez 432-559-3555
  • Mohammad Nisar Shaikh said on December 16, 2012
    We are from Engineers Office in Dubai, UAE and are looking to buy
    1. 200 piece of Pistachio Trees – Age between 8-10 years
    2. 200 piece of Pomegranate Trees – Age 8 years
    3. 100 piece of Fig Trees - Age 8 years
    4. 100 piece of different variety of berry Trees- Age 8 years
    5. 200 of Jujube - Age 8 years
    Can you also offer trees with maximum age that you have in ready stock Immediately. Please let us know the availability and best prices, Transportation will not be a issue as we can make arrangements to pick up the Plants. You just need to Export pack and hand over the plants to our nominated forwarder Aremax with your Invoice & Packing list. Awaiting your quick response
  • Natalie said on February 15, 2013
    Hello, My friends already harvested a Pistachio nut farm in Turkey. They produce lovely pistachio nuts and I believe they can package them and sell them at a local market but sadly they earn very little for their hard work. I was hoping someone had some advice for after the farm has been established, how you then find clients and start trading worldwide? Hope to hear from you soon. Kind regards.
  • FRANKIE said on March 1, 2013
    Ilive in morristown nj and wanted to start a small orchard but would like to nurse the seed instead of buying seedling, where can I buy the seeds and how do I plant them? thanks
  • charitra rai said on May 15, 2013
    Dear sir/madam, I live in Nepal. I want to get information about starting pistachio farming in this general area. Hot, Dry, Chilly in winter and Roasting in Summer - where is the best area?
  • Dale Hicks said on June 23, 2013
    i'm interested in starting pistachio farm in the Planada or Le Grand CA Area, would like more info. Thanks
  • Dan said on August 10, 2013
    Hi I have 21 acres in Merced Ca and have worked in the pistachio field before. my question is there any type of funding or grants or even loans to get me started. thanks.
  • Alan G. said on August 25, 2013
    Hi, I am in NW Arizona. There is an old pistachio field down the road from where I am renting. It looks like it is in decent condition. Farmer passed away several years ago and no one has worked it since. How many acres does one need to start farming and where are good markets? Is it worth trying to salvage and keep going? And how much actual time does it require? Thank you, Alan G. Mine Engineer
  • Yashpal said on November 20, 2013
    Yes we can supply Pistachio trees on advanced orders and post them anywhere in the world. Send inquiries. +61403338822-Mobile or email---kapooryashpal@hotmail.com
  • nooron khan said on December 9, 2013
    I would appreciate receiving detailed information about the sellers of pistachio farms in Iran.(preferably with e-mail addresses and phone numbers, company name etc., so that I can contact the sellers for this venture straight-away. Sincerely, Nooron
  • andy chan said on February 24, 2014
    Hi, I have a farm in south of Spain and I require 500 pisctachio trees between the age of 2 and 5 years old. my email is andy@eggloo.es.
  • fredie said on August 21, 2014
    I have 2 acres in the Coachella valley, do you consider this as a good land for the crop?
  • Eunice njai said on December 21, 2014
    Boston ma resident born in kenya planning to invest in a pistachios farm in kenya.
  • Beverly Schick said on January 10, 2015
    I own a 130 acre dairy farm. I plan to transition Into an almond or pistachio orchard depending on which would do better in Merced, calif as far as disease is concerned?
  • maha souri said on February 23, 2015
    I am planning to start a pistachio or a walnut farm in california. I would like to know which one would be ideal and profitable. How many acres would be necessary to be profitable .Please let me know what temperatures are ideal. thanks, mks
  • Mark May said on April 2, 2015
    newberry springs california, looking to start a pistahio farm we have 21 acres. I wanted to know if there are grants for education for new farmers.
  • Amir Motealleh said on July 20, 2015
    I have 5 acres land with the 700 square feet cabin in yucca valley/Ca. It has water and electricity and I can get the permit for the well. I am looking for the investor to start up the pistachio farm. Anybody is interested email me at amirmotealleh@yahoo.com
  • Bryon Pelzek said on July 27, 2015
    This is the biggest oversimplification I have ever read!!! These trees take up to 45 gallons of water per day. You will need quite the irrigation system to provide this type of watering. Plus they will not start producing anything until 5-7 years!!!
  • Jose C. said on November 12, 2016
    I want to start a Pistachio farm in Newberry Springs. I'm also interested (as an alternative option)in buying an established pistachio farm. 5 to 20 acre farms. Is there a pistachio processing plant in Newberry Springs that will contract with me to process the nuts? Also in case of a purchase of an established farm- will the water rights transfer with it. Are the current pistachio farmers open to the idea of more pistachio farms starting up in the area? Any information is greatly appreciated.

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