The Q&A Archives: Chinese Pistacia From Seed

Question: Do you have some tips for growing Chinese Pistacia trees from seed?

Answer: Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) will grow 50' tall and 60' wide outdoors in mild-winter areas. Since there are both male and female versions, branches from the trees are grafted or budded onto vigorous rootstocks, and rarely started from seed. However, you can sprout seeds in the following manner: (leave the boney shell on) and soak seed at room temperature for 24-48 hours. Roll loosely in damp burlap or towels to keep damp and keep rolls in a dark place, in temperatures of 70F-90F. When seed hulls split and sprouts appear, pick up each seedling (with tweezers) and plant in individual pots filled with moistened potting soil. Provide bright light and average household temperatures until spring, then plant outdoors.

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