Farming skill in Old School RuneScape is probably the most peculiar – it‘s probably closest to reality. You need to plant crops and watch them grow into full-fledged plants that bear sweet fruit. Farming also differs from other skills in OSRS as it is mostly AFK. Being an AFK skill it requires patience as you will not see your Farming levels shooting up. Instead, it requires you to make regular Farming runs to plant seeds and harvest crops. Think of each of these runs as of harvesting season. Like in reality, you need to know a lot about various plants and what species of plants to sow and that’s what we’ll cover today.
The first thing to know about Farming is that there are places called Farming patches. You cannot simply drop your seeds anywhere on the ground and expect them to take root. You must sow your crops in designated locations. Furthermore, there is another layer of selection as Farming patches are dedicated to specific species of crops. You unlock more and more of these Farming patches with time and you can already see that to be extremely efficient at training Farming you will need to have access to many locations and teleportation methods. The upside is that in some cases various Farming patches are grouped in little clusters.
Another thing to know is that plants come in different types: Normal trees, Fruit trees, Bushes, Hops, Vegetables, Flowers, Allotments, Herbs, and special plants. Each species of plants has a different seed that can be planted in their specific Farming patches. Trees need to be grown into Saplings first before putting them in the ground.
There are lots of Seed types in the game. Your Farming level defines what Seeds you can plant into Farming patches. Seeds cannot be planted just into any Farming patch as well.
Seeds can be received in a variety of ways, the most reliable being emptying Bird house traps with Hunter skill and acquiring Bird nests.
Saplings are an intermediate stage between a Seed and a Tree. You need an Empty plant pot and fill it with soil from any Farming patch by using a Gardening trowel. Tree Seeds must be planted into a Filled plant pot using a Trowel and then watered using a Watering can on a Filled plant pot. You will know that the Sapling is watered from a “w” appearing at the end of its name. A Sapling takes around 5 minutes to become mature enough to be planted outdoors. Normal Trees that grow from Saplings can be manually chopped down or you can pay the Farmer 200 coins to do it for you and focus on Farming training.
Plants, just like animals, can get sick. When you plant your crops and they grow, they can catch a disease. If this happens, you need to take care of the plant yourself or pay a nearby NPC to take care of your plants for you. You can cure diseased plants by using Plant cure potion on them. These can be bought from Farming shops for 40 coins or a farmer at the Farming patch for 25 coins. An alternative way of ridding your plants of disease is to use Cure Plant spell from Lunar spellbook. It requires level 66 Magic to cast 8 Earth runes and 1 Astral rune. It is worth choosing Cure Plant spell over Plant cure potion only if using Earth staff.
If your plants can catch a disease then they can die as well. Dead plants cannot be cured but you can attempt to revive them (we are not entirely sure that this does not count as necromancy). This is done with the Resurrect Crops spell from Arceuus spellbook. The spell requires level 78 Magic and lots of runes: 25 Earth runes, 8 Blood runes, 12 Nature runes, and 8 Spirit runes. The chance of raising your dear plant back from the dead depends on your Magic level. At level 78 Magic this chance is 50% and scales up to 75% at level 99 Magic. To avoid having to use this costly spell in the first place, you can pay NPC‘s to protect your plants or monitor them with Amulet of nature. The amulet can only be bound to a single Farming patch. Use Resurrect Crops spell only on expensive crops.
As was mentioned before, Farming patches are scattered all around Gielinor. Only specific types of Plants can be planted into specific Farming patches. Note that you will need to do a lot of teleporting, so training Farming on fresh accounts can be extremely difficult, if not impossible when considering the costs at high Farming level. To remember which Farming patches you already used come up with a seeding/harvesting system or simply visit them one by one in a circular route.
While in theory the potion and spells mentioned above could be listed under this category, we’re talking about more down-to-earth stuff. Farming tools can be bought from any Farming shop and they all have their specific uses.
Used for getting rid of weeds in a plot.
The most useful Farming tool. Used for harvesting crops, clearing away dead plants and removing plant roots and bushes.
Used for watering plants, which prevents disease during the watered growth cycle. Also used to water tree seedlings.
Used for planting seeds in a plot.
Used to fill plant pots with soil, as well as planting tree seeds in plant pots to grow saplings.
Used for cutting away diseased leaves from trees and bushes.
Magic secateurs increase most variable yields when worn.
Used for storing up to 5 pieces of fruit (Tomatoes, Strawberries, Oranges, Apples, Bananas).
Used for storing up to 10 vegetables (Potatoes, Cabbages, Onions).
Empty plant pot
Most often leftover after planting a sapling in a tree or fruit tree patch; needs to be refilled before use.
Filled plant pot
Used along with a trowel to plant tree seeds, which, when watered, produce tree saplings that may then be planted in patches.
Tool Leprechauns are very useful little helpers. They are found at any Farming patch and can take in your tools for safekeeping. What’s more, they all share their storage, so you can leave your tools with one Leprechaun and get them from another. Additionally, Tool Leprechauns can note your herbs and some other produce.
Fertilizing your plants is extremely important for them to be healthy and yield fruit. For that, you will need to use the Compost bin quite a bit. There are three types of Compost: Compost (regular), Supercompost, and Ultracompost.
Compost can be created by putting Farming produce into Compost bins. Compost bin then must be closed and left alone for 60 minutes for the produce to rot and turn into Compost. A single batch yields 15 Buckets of Compost. If you are impatient you can also buy it from some Farming shops. Compost reduces the chance of Plants becoming diseased by 50% and increases both minimum and maximum yield.
Supercompost can be obtained in a few ways. First, like with the regular Compost, you must put the necessary produce into Compost bins found near Allotment patches. Supercompost is called “super” for its effects and not the time it takes for it to form as it takes 90 minutes or 1.5 times longer than the regular Compost.
It is also possible to use a Compost potion on a full Compost bin to turn the whole batch into Supercompost or on a single bucket of Compost that is already in your inventory (but why would you do that?).
Supercompost can also be purchased for points rewarded from the Tithe Farm.
Fertile Soil spell from the Lunar spellbook can apply the same effect on a Farming patch as Supercompost.
Supercompost reduces the risk of your plants catching a disease by about 86% and just as Compost, it increases the minimum and maximum produce yield.
Last, but not least we have Ultracompost. Ultracompost is a version of Compost that is on steroids. Ultracompost can be obtained by fertilizing a Compost bin filled with Supercompost with 25 units of Volcanic ash or 50 when dealing with Big compost bin. You can also add 2 Volcanic ash to a single bucket of Supercompost to turn it into Ultracompost, though that is not economical.
As with Supercompost, there is a Magic alternative. Fertile soil spell from Lunar spellbook can be used on a Farming patch to apply the effect of Ultracompost. Note that you need to have 2 Volcanic ash in your inventory for the spell to work.
Ultracompost reduces the chance of your plants getting sick by a whopping 90% and increases the minimum and maximum crop yields more than Supercompost does.
Farmer’s outfit is extremely handy. It can be purchased from the Tithe farm minigame shop. The complete set provides a 2.5% increase to Farming XP gains (2% from separate pieces + 0.5% set bonus), therefore it is recommended to get it as soon as possible. Obtaining it at high Farming level might be pointless. If you decide on getting it, first purchase Torso (0.8%), then Legs (0.6%), followed by Hat (0.4%) and leave the Boots (0.2%) for last.
The Farming Guild is a place any competent farmer should visit. Like other artisan guilds, it provides various bonuses. Farming Guild contains additional Farming patches that can be used to gain more XP. Farming Guild has a caste system of sorts: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each section has its own Farming level requirement which is level 45 Farming, 65 and 85 respectively. Each section unlocks more Farming patches to be exploited by a rising agriculturalist such as yourself.
To enter Farming Guild you must have the minimum Farming level of 45 and 65% Hosidius favor. The guild also contains Farming patches that are unique to it: Anima, Celestrus, Redwood, and Hespori patch.
To level up Farming efficiently you should stick to planting various Trees. They take time to mature thus you can spend this time doing other things. This method of Farming training while efficient is also costly at high Farming levels, so make sure to buy OSRS gold if your bank account is depleted.
Make sure to pay the Gardener a 200 coin fee so he will cut down the Trees for you and all that you need to do is click on the Tree to receive Farming XP. Don’t forget to pay protection money.
Last, but not least, for fast Farming training you should buy items on the Grand Exchange and note items needed as protection payment to save inventory space. You will also need to teleport a lot, so make sure to unlock all available teleports or use the closest ones you have to particular Farming patches.
Fruit Tree Patches
Level 1-17 Farming
As with other OSRS skills, some quests grant skill XP. Farming is no exception. You should complete the Fairytale Part 1 quest before you begin Farming. Not only will you receive 3,500 XP that will boost you straight to level 17 Farming, but also Magic secateurs. Magic secateurs are incredibly useful when using Herb patches, Allotment patches, farming grapevines, and hops.
Level 17-27 Farming
Remember all those Oak trees you were cutting down when you started playing OSRS? Time to plant them now! Plant Oak trees at the 5 Tree patches available to you. When harvesting, remember to first click on an Oak tree before you give the 200 coins payment to the Gardener for cutting it down. Each Farming round takes about 200 minutes.
Level 27-30 Farming
In addition to planting Oak trees, you can now plant Apple trees as well. Apple trees and Oak trees can be planted simultaneously during the first run because Apple trees occupy different Farming patches (fruit trees). Each Apple tree round takes about 960 minutes or 16 hours.
Level 30-33 Farming
At this level range, you should swap Oak trees for Willow trees. Willow tree round takes about 280 minutes.
Level 33-39 Farming
Now it’s time to swap the Fruit tree slot. Start planting Banana trees instead of Apple trees. Banana tree rounds last a bit shorter than Apple tree rounds (about 840 minutes).
Level 39-42 Farming
Willow trees do not go anywhere still, but you will swap Banana trees for Orange trees at this Farming leveling stage.
Level 42-45 Farming
Hello, Willow, my old friend. Once again you are only making changes in Fruit tree slot and start planting Curry trees. Don’t forget to keep planting Willow trees.
Level 45-51 Farming
At last, the Willow tree is gone. Well served, buddy, press F to pay respects. Swap Willow trees for Maple trees and continue harvesting until level 51 Farming.
Level 51-57 Farming
While we do not agree with this classification, you should start planting Pineapple trees instead of Curry trees. Pineapples do not grow on trees.
Level 57-60 Farming
Once again, changes in the Fruit tree slot. Papaya trees. Plant them. Care for them. Love them.
Level 60-68 Farming
Continue planting Papaya trees, but swap Maple trees for Yew trees. Remember, that at level 65 Farming you unlock additional Farming patch in the Farming Guild. Make sure to include it in your planting/harvesting rotation.
Level 68-75 Farming
Enough with Papaya trees, time to plant some Palm trees instead.
Level 75-99 Farming
Magic trees at last! Continue planting Palm trees and swap Yew trees for Magic trees. At level 85 Farming you will unlock an additional Farming patch in the Farming Guild, so make sure to make good use of it. Magic saplings are usually very expensive, therefore prepare to pay an arm and a leg for them.
Level 36+ Farming
At level 36 Farming you can become an owner of your own Vinery! To access Hosidius Vinery you must have 65% Hosidius favor. Planting Grapes provides extremely big XP gains but is also very expensive.
Grapes require a very specific fertilizer – Saltpetre. You must use Saltpetre on the soil using a Gardening trowel before planting Grape seeds. There are 12 Grape patches in the Hosidius vinery.
Grape trees require 35 minutes to fully mature. This means that you will be planting and harvesting Grapes almost non-stop. This method is as intense as it is expensive.
When harvesting grapes it is highly recommended to use Magic secateurs you should have already received from completing Fairytale Part 1 quest. Magic secateurs increase Grape yield by 10%. Additionally, Grape yield is affected by your Farming level, so this method becomes more and more effective with time.
Money Making with Farming
Farming does not only depletes gold from your bank account at exorbitant rates but it can also bring gold in. Planting Herbs can be very profitable, especially at high Farming levels. The recommended Farming level for this is 75 and you can use this method to somewhat mitigate the high cost of Magic saplings.
There are 9 Herb patches in the game and you should make use of all of them. Plant the most profitable Herbs available for you at a given Farming level.
Herbs, unlike Trees, cannot be protected against disease so you need to take extra precautions. If you can, use Ultracompost on Herb patches before planting seeds and when harvesting your Herbs, remember to use Magic secateurs to further increase profits. To decrease the chance of your Herbs becoming diseased even more, you can plant Iasor plants in Anima patches. Iasor plants require level 76 Farming.
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