The Sims 4 Gardening

Plant List, Fertilizer, and Grafting Plants

The Sims 4 Gardening
Gardening allows you to grow and harvest Plants

Gardening Guide for Base Game & Seasons

Subscribe to Carls The Sims Guides on YoutubeThis guide covers Gardening from the perspective of a new player and moves on to more advanced topics such as perfect plants, grafting, and fertilizer. We do talk about gardening overhaul grafting and changes to the way you acquire plants via buy mode.

How to: Gardening Cheats
Press Control + Shift + C then type testingcheats on and press enter. You can now set your skill level with stats.set_skill_level major_gardening x (fill in 1-10) - we also have a full listing of Skill Cheats and a master list of Cheats in The Sims 4

About the Gardening Overhaul
With the Sims 4 Seasons release, all players received a free patch that overhauls the Gardening Skill. Plants no longer need to be watered as often, and at the same time there is an area of effect to watering and weeding. Plants up to 1 full square away (visible in build mode) will receive water when the Sim completes the animation. This results in your Sim doing about 10% the usual amount of watering. Additionally, evolve is no longer an animation, and Sims will not need to do it as often as plant quality levels have been cut from 10 to 5. You can also now sell plants without using the inventory. Grafting has also changed. Rares spawn.. rarely, about 1% spawn rate - so they are not broken, just poorly tuned.

Gardening Overview
The Sims 4's Gardening Skill offers you a means of growing plants to make money or make your own ingredients for meals, boosting their quality while pursuing completion of the Plants Collection. You can also use produce as bait. This Guide to Gardening will teach you about fertilizer, evolving plants, quality levels, cuttings and grafts, and how you can grow a big garden at home while still giving your Sims an active life.

If you like, you can jump to the Plant List. If you want info only on grafting combinations, head to the Grafting & Take Cutting Guide. See also the Beekeeping Guide if you have The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack.

Good Traits & Aspirations for Gardeners

  • The Loves Outdoors Trait will give your Sim a happiness boost when they're outside, which will help keep mood positive and synergize with the next:
  • Genius Trait - helps Sims get Focused - this Emotion is very helpful when Gardening and can help you gain skill faster, as demonstrated by the Research Gardening Interaction on the Computer.
  • ???? - all kinds of other traits could work for Gardening, but maybe save your third slot for a little personality!
  • Freelance Botanist Aspiration - This is a natural choice for an Aspiration, since you can gain loads of Satisfaction for the purchase of Rewards by completing the objectives of this Aspiration. The Collector Trait that comes with it doesn't do much to help with collecting plants, but can help you to polish off other collections. You could start with something more useful, then switch to this in-game.

The Sims 4 Death Flower made from grafting
You can Graft to produce a Death Flower Plant

Starting Gardening & Skill Level Unlocks
The Four basic skills of Gardening are Plant, Water, Weed, and Harvest. All these are self-explanatory, but necessary to help your plants to grow. These are the skills you get at the beginning, and starting is a simple matter of buying seeds or harvesting plants from the wild. You may also read Gardening skill books to raise your level. As you gain levels in Gardening, you'll unlock new abilities:

  • Level 2 - Research Gardening at Computer (Web > Research Gardening). Do this to get Focused, which will help you gain more Gardening Experience.
  • Level 3 - Your Gardener may now Fertilize Plants. This will help them to Evolve faster.
  • Level 4 - Seasonal Fall and Spring plants seed packets unlock. Also Sims may now talk to plants. This will allow you to talk to Plants to fill your Sim's Social Need, while also granting Gardening Skill experience!
  • Level 5 - Seasonal Winter and Summer plants seed packets unlock. Take Cutting and Graft abilities unlock, which allow you to get otherwise unattainable plants.
  • Level 6 - The area of effect of weeding is increased to include nearby plants. Other Sims may Compliment your Garden.
  • Level 7 - Farmer and Uncommon seed packets available for purchase. Sims unlock the Tend Garden ability, allowing them to Water and Weed the Garden by clicking a single plant. This is a big bonus, as tending many plants and finding what ones need watered can be a chore. You still need to choose when to harvest and fertilize, however.
  • Level 8 - Super Sell ability unlocks, allowing you to sell from many plants at once to make money quickly. Sims get the ability to spend $50 to re-grow a Bonsai Tree in order to re-shape it.
  • Level 9 - More efficient gardening interactions - Sims water plants and weed faster.
  • Level 10 - Can purchase rare seed packets for $1,000 each. It's very random, but you may get plants for your collection that you don't yet have. Buying a number of them is wise.
Sims 4 Gardening - Buying Seeds to get Started
Buy Seeds from the computer or a Garden Pot to get started

Buying Seeds
Seeds can be purchased a few ways. With the most recent patch they are found in outdoor activities via buy mode. You can also find them on the Computer (under the Order Menu) or by clicking on Gardening Pots. These are found in Build Mode, Objects by Function > Hobbies & Skills > Miscellaneous. Garden Pots cost $50 while holding only one plant, while Garden Planter Boxes cost $200 and hold either 4 plants or one tree. These aren't necessary for your budding Gardener, as you are able to drag plants to the ground to plant them on your lot. However, both forms of these planters will let you grow plants indoors.

When you Order Seeds, you get to choose from many types of packets (especially with Seasons installed). Each will give you a variety of plants of that type. By default, you're able to choose from Starter Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, or Vegetables. These will give you random common items from each category, so buying more can increase the diversity of your yield.

Later, you unlock the ability to purchase uncommon and rares. This can save you time gathering them, though the old ways of collecting these are still cost-efficient. However, once you have a big garden you should be bringing in large amounts so collecting all the gardening plants is now much more trivial.





The Sims 4 Gardening - Planting Seeds
Create a line of Seeds and your Sim will Plant them all

Planting
Drag fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers from your inventory to the ground or a gardening pot/planter box. Lay it out the way you want, as many plants as you want, then select one and choose Plant. Your Sim will go about planting all of the seeds, which you can then water and gain loads of experience doing so. Later, they'll grow weeds so look out for that by clicking plants here and there. Find one with weeds and the Sim will take care of all Weeds, same with Watering. Keep taking care of your garden and plants will eventually be able to evolve to a higher quality level.

Eating Produce
Raw produce may be eaten directly from your Sim's inventory as of the Patch that came with the free patch accompanying the Outdoor Retreat Game Pack. That's great news for all players, regardless of whether they own the game pack. Eating Perfect plants may give your Sim a +3 Happy moodlet for 4h, so it's very much worth keeping some plants on you for a quick bite to eat and a pick me up in terms of mood. This can help your Sim to become Very Focused for their Gardening, further boosting Skill gains, even when you eat a 'Very Nice' or other medium-quality Plant.

Plant "Mood"
Plants with weeds around them or who go without water a while will begin to degrade and cease growth. If it drops too low too long, the plant will die. Keeping your plants in a good 'mood' will allow you to evolve them. There is a certain time a plant must be happy, reduced by fertilizer, before it can evolve.

The Sims 4 Gardening - Evolving Plants
Evolving a Plant raises its Quality Level

Evolving Plants
After taking good care of your plants for a few days, you'll start to see them sparkle. This is when the Evolve option comes up. Evolving a plant will result in higher-quality produce from that plant in the future. It will go up one level when you select Evolve, resulting in higher value harvestables that can be replanted or sold.

There is no point waiting to harvest until after you've evolved a plant. The harvestables' quality will be based on where the plant was when they grew. It's better to harvest them to get ready for the next evolution, so you can start getting profitable Superb-quality Plants.

The Sims 4 Gardening - Harvesting Plants
Harvested Plants can be sold through the Sim's Inventory
Click and Drag the Plant to the Simoleon icon.

Taking Care of your Garden: Tending Garden and Harvest Yields
Plants operate on a schedule such that they all need water at the same time of day with the most recent Sims 4 patches. At 6am, the game checks if the plant has been watered recently and if it's time for another drink, or if it should spawn weeds. With The Sims 4 Seasons, rain may water your garden for you. A plant will only grow unhappy if it is neglected for a time. Plants will gradually grow up to their maximum of 6 harvestables (dependent upon plant type). This is the entire harvest for the day, so you should take them before the next morning to ensure more can spawn. Keep an eye on fertilizing, however, and try to keep that effect active on your favorite plants, so they can evolve quickly.

Spraying for Bugs
In the base game, bugs may infest your garden and they can wreak havoc on plants, killing them much faster than neglect. With the Seasons Expansion bug infestations are more common in springtime. You can spray for bugs but must keep an eye out for insects in your garden. A visual inspection should be done every day or two. You can see them quite easily from a medium distance as there will be a black swarm flying around the afflicted plant.

The Sims 4 Gardening Fertilizer
Fish make excellent Fertilizers.

Fertilizing Plants (Gardening Skill Level 3)
Other plants can be used as Fertilizer, but the best Fertilizers are Fish. The heavier the catch, the better a fertilizer it is - although there is also a hidden modifier on each fish that gives it a bonus. See the Fertilizer Guide for more info. The Sims 4's Fishing Skill works very well with Gardening. Plants that are Fertilized will not grow faster necessarily, but jump in quality faster. Getting to Perfect Quality Plants quickly means using Fertilize as often as it is available. Fertilize has around a 3-4 day cooldown.

Beekeeping in Seasons greatly increases the rate your plants are fertilized. Having a bee box within 5 squares of a plant will grant it a passive boost that stacks with regular fertilizer. I highly recommend looking into this if you'd like to make a perfect plant collection. What is more, you get honey for your efforts which can help make your Sims happy, save them from heat death, and sells for good money.

Plant Quality
Plants come in the following quality levels: Normal, Nice, Excellent, Magnificent, and Perfect.

Bonsai Trees raise Gardening skill in The Sims 4
Sims can prune Bonsai Trees to gain Gardening experience

Bonsai Trees
Bonsai Trees are decor that regrow but allow for a continual source of Gardening experience. However, talking to plants or reading about Gardening is a better means of gaining skill experience. You can trim them into multiple designs once you've gained some levels. These may serve as unique indoor decorations. You can change the color of the stand by clicking on it.

Microscope Slide from Plant Analysis - The Sims 4 Gardening
One of many Pictures you can get from taking Microscope Samples from Plants

Collect Microscope Sample
You can make money with Gardening another way if you're willing to invest in a Microscope (which is massive and costs $1630). Clicking a Plant and selecting to take a Microscope Sample will give you the ability to analyze it with the Microscope. This often yields a painting that can be worth hundreds of Simoleons or work as decor for a geek's paradise. This will, in turn, raise your Sim's Logic Skill.

The Sims 4 Gardening - Take Cutting Ability
Take Cutting lets you Graft Plants at Home

Take Cutting Ability (Gardening Level 5)
Plants must have grown a bit to use this ability. Using it two times in a row can kill a plant, resulting in a fee to revive it, else you dispose of the dead plant. Cuttings are used with the Graft ability, which is unlocked once you have some Plant Cuttings in your inventory. These all go into one stack. If you try to Take Cutting from a plant that has many others grafted on it, the original is the cutting you will get (the first on the list is the original plant type).

The Sims 4 Gardening - a Spliced Plant
A Spliced Plant produces multiple Fruits, Flowers, Etc.

Graft Ability - Combine Plants (Level 5)
See the table below for special grafting combos to unlock plants you haven't yet found. This will start a plant over at its same level of quality, but adding the ability to also grow the plant whose cutting you grafted onto it. You can use this option a number of times on a single plant to make it give you a mixture of produce. The plant must grow a bit again before the Graft option will reappear. It is important to note that rares and uncommons now have a small chance of spawning when you've done the correct grafting combo. This is currently an intended design and not a bug. For any given harvestable you have a 500 weight for common, 100 for uncommon, and 1 for rare. This means 1 out of every 600 harvestables will be a rare.

Grafting is a good ability that allows you to minimize the work your Sim needs to maintain your garden, allowing you to eliminate some plants if you like. If you're going for maximum profit, you'd likely be better off having high-price plants that are NOT grafted in your garden, while grafting plants to condense the size of your garden and simultaneously cut back on the amount of fertilizing and garden tending you need to do. Grafting may also be used to get plants out of season. Use an all-weather plant like Sage and graft another common/uncommon to it to get that year-round. The primary means of getting masses of rares is going to be seasonal due to the weightings above.

The Sims 4 Cow Plant
Cow Plants can be acquired from Grafting Snapdragon with Dragonfruit

The Grafting option is very good for busy Sims that like to cook meals with good ingredients. However, remember that you get only 8-10 harvestables out of a plant and grafting too many to one plant will result in a mixture - 1 of a few of them, 2 of another, and maybe 0 of another kind on a particular harvest. It's totally random and doesn't really increase your yields. Best use of grafting is to do 2-3 type of plants, maximum, so you're sure to pick up a few of each when you harvest. Also note that harvesting right away will yield you few fruit, while waiting to harvest a grafted plant several hours after it first shows fruit (like normal plants) will give it time to make a larger variety of produce, and thus a better yield.

Mushrooms are the main type that can't be cut/grafted. They tend to grow faster than other plants, so this may be part of the reason. Trees grow more slowly so they are not great picks for grafting other plants to. Graft your slow-growing plants onto faster growing types using the Plant List below.

Wild Plants & Growth
In order to find Uncommon and Rare plants that do not come from seed packets and neighborhood gardens, you must look for plants in the Wild. Below, I've listed where I found plants but we have a much more thorough plant locations guide that can help you to find plants. Plants are not always harvestable, as they are not ready. Know that plants only grow in the neighborhood your active Sim is visiting. So if you want one to grow in another area, you need to hang out there a while. Plants grow fairly fast, so find a way to spend some time in that area while you wait for them to grow - make some friends, collect, and fish for fertilizer.

The Sims 4 Gardening - the Green Thumb Achievement
The Green Thumb Achievement

Sometimes they aren't even ready for you to Take Cutting. The trick is to stay in the area long enough for them to grow a tad (Plants grow fast in TS4) so you can take a cutting, then graft it onto one of your own plants. Your Plant will then produce that type of fruit/vegetable and allow you to plant one once that type has been harvested. I have never seen seeds on the ground in this game - it's all about finding plants in the wild and combining with existing plants to get the fruit you need to put in the ground to make your own. You will sometimes find wild plants harvestable, it's just not as efficient to collect them that way given they will usually start at normal quality and you'd be better off skipping all that evolving.

The Sims 4 - finding Tomato
Tomato is found near Slipshod Mesquite in Oasis Springs

Making Perfect Plants Faster
Keep the plants you start with, and gradually evolve them by taking care of them and clicking Evolve each time it comes available. It's easier to see sparkles on game speed 2/3. When you later find a rare plant in the wild and take a sample, then graft it to your high-quality plant, you'll get a high-quality result and be able to plant it. This will let you skip leveling a plant at normal quality (assuming you harvest it in the wild) and is the fastest way to get a Perfect Blackberry bush or Dragonfruit.

The Sims 4 Freelance Botanist
Freelance Botanist is a Gardening Aspiration

Making a Death Flower
You need to do the following Grafts in order to make a Death Flower:

  • Graft Cherry to Apple to make Pomegranate
  • Graft Lily to Snapdragon to make Orchid
  • Graft Pomegranate to Orchid to make Death Flowers
  • Harvest the Death Flowers, Plant one, and enjoy unlimited Death Flowers, which can be exchanged to the reaper to avoid death!
  • You can get locations for the listed plants below.

Grafting for Efficiency
Charlottecupcake wrote in to me to tell me she'd made a guide to make a garden with one of each plant type that is also efficient. She optimizes this by grafting slow-growing plants onto fast ones, so that one of each is present for consumption by Sims or completing the Gardening collection. I've zipped up the PDF guide to combining plants that she wrote, and you may download it here. Inside you will see the plants to combine with, and how many cuttings you'll need to follow her plan. Big thanks to her for sharing this with the community. It is updated for Get to Work's alien plants.

Note: you cannot take cutting of Bonsai Buds, so this means that you can't graft that onto the #3 plant with Dragonfruit and Cow Berry. Contrary to the plan, you should keep the plant with Strawberry, Daisy, and Bonsai Buds to maintain the efficient nature. Because of this issue, it's one more plant but is also a minor problem. Just don't graft strawberry on to anything else except when making the dragonfruit by combining strawberry with snapdragon, and Daisy doesn't need to go on plant #2.

Seasons Specific

Growth Time and In-Season
Plants will not grow when out of season unless the next season is close. Trees seem to get more time to grow before in-season, with Apple trees growing in spring but not in season until Fall. While out of season, plants do not evolve and you cannot fertilize them. They'll lie dormant and wait for their optimal growth time. They do survive and retain all levels you've gained.

These changes make it a bit more challenging in terms of planning a garden that will create produce in the current season. If you select only starter packets and plant them all in Spring, you might only end up with one or two plants. Therefore some things are a waste of time depending on the time of year, and it may be good to break down the planting process and only grow plants that are in season or will be soon. While the plant list below has what plants are in season when, I will make a list of plants broken down by season and list them here later.

Fertilizer Strengths

The Sims 4 Fertilizer
Freelance Botanist is a Gardening Aspiration

Although fertilizer is talked about above, I've made a video/text guide to fertilizer in The Sims 4. On the Fertilizer Strength Guide, you'll learn how much strength each fish has to offer when used as a fertilizer, and some other information about how it works (freshness, weight, and fish fertilizer modifier all contribute). Plants can also be used as fertilizer as stated before. There are three ranks of fertilizer strength - high, med, and low. All plants other than growfruit (high) are either medium or low. Flowers and herbs are all low, fruits and vegetables are all medium. Evolving your produce makes it a better fertilizer. As produce approaches perfect quality, it begins to give more fertilizer 'experience' when applied to a plant. Growfruit can be attained at level 10 Gardening from rare seed packets, but trying to get them can be costly. I bought 50 packs and got 9 growfruit.

Plant List

The following are all 32 plants in the base game.

Seed Packet means you can get it from the starting seed packet, purchased on the computer or by clicking a planter pot. What they give you is random. Farmer Packets unlock later, and provide a larger quantity of the same produce. Buy them at Gardening level 7 to get 'Good' quality seeds from them. It seems a bug prevents these from retaining their quality after that level, but we hope it will be fixed in a future patch.

Note on Growth Times
These are rough estimates, and indicate how long after being planted you can expect a plant to begin producing fruit. They will then produce fruit at a rate relative to their original growth time, until they reach the maximum of 4-6 harvestables. Again, if you harvest too early, you're harming your efficiency and resetting the clock. Expect plants with long growth times to take around 3/4 that time to begin producing fruit again. Plants with long growth times grow produce faster when grafted to a Plant with a short growth time.

Unidentified Fruit Object - UFO Plant ready to harvest
The Unidentified Fruit Object, aka Intergalactic Growth Pod, Grows Slowly

Note on Values & Making Money with Data
Base Game values are what I saw after planting all perfect variants without grafting. Expansions frequently have base values. They are inconsistent at the moment but will be normalized in the future. To maximize profit, I suggest you take cuttings from high-value plants and Graft them onto fast-growing plants. A regular Blackberry bush takes a long time to grow harvestables. If you graft it to a Tomato plant, you'll get much better results. This is especially true of the U.F.O. Plant, which seems to grow slowest of all the Plants in Sims 4.

Grafting for Special Plants
In the table, you'll see grafting combinations that can create special plants when you take either type and splice it to the other. The plant will show the original two, plus the new type when the combos are used. It is OK if other plants are already spliced, so long as the one you take cutting from or graft it to has the proper type listed first.

Finding Plants
Many of the plants listed below can be found in various neighborhoods in The Sims 4. See the Plant Locations Guide for a much more thorough list of places to find plants.

Sims 4 Plant List
IconPlant NameRarityHarvest?Base ValueGrowthWhere to Find/Special Graft Combo
Sims 4 AppleAppleCommonFall$1336hSeed Packet
Sims 4 BasilBasilCommonSummer, Fall$324hSeed Packet
Sims 4 BluebellsBlue BellsCommonSpring, Summer$1136hSeed Packet
Sims 4 CarrotCarrotCommonSpring, Fall$824hSeed Packet
Sims 4 ChrysanthemumChrysanthemumCommonSummer, Fall$1136hSeed Packet
Sims 4 DaisyDaisyCommonSpring$324hSeed Packet
Sims 4 GrapesGrapesCommonFall$3348hSeed Packet. You may also produce these by grafting Bluebells with Strawberry.
Sims 4 LemonLemonCommonAll Year?$1260hOasis Springs - Across the street from Rattlesnake Juice in the dirt area. Also at end of road by Museum.
Sims 4 MushroomMushroomCommonSpring, Fall$424hSeed Packet
Sims 4 ParsleyParsleyCommonSpring, Summer$524hSeed Packet. Graft Sage and Basil.
Sims 4 BananaPlantainCommonSummer$1672hFound in Seed Packets, but you may also Graft Pear with Lemon.
Sims 4 SageSageCommonAll Year?$524hOasis Springs, end of road by Museum. Also across from Sandtrap Flat in the garden area.
Sims 4 SnapdragonSnapdragonCommonSpring, Fall$1336hWillow Creek, Garden Essence Home (BFF Household)
Sims 4 SpinachSpinachCommonWinter$324hSeed Packet
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Chamomile ChamomileCommonSummer$1424hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +1-3 4 hour Happy Moodlet (Quality-determined)
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Toxic ChamomileToxic ChamomileCommonSummer$1524hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +2 Tense Moodlet for 2h
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat ElderberryElderberryCommonSummer, Fall$618hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +1-3 4 hour Happy Moodlet (Quality-determined)
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Noxious ElderberryNoxious ElderberryCommonSummer, Fall$718hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +2 Sad Moodlet for 2h
Sims 4 Bell Pepper in the Seasons Expansion PackBell PepperCommonSummer$1296hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack Found in Summer Plants Seed Packets you can purchase on the computer (and in buy mode).
Sims 4 Green Peas in the Seasons Expansion PackGreen PeasCommonSpring$624hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. Found in Spring Plants Seed Packets you can purchase on the computer (and in buy mode).
Sims 4 Holly in the Seasons Expansion PackHollyCommonFall, Winter$936hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. Found in Starter Flowers Seed Packets you can purchase on the computer (and in buy mode).
Sims 4 CherryCherryUncommonSummer$1560hOasis Springs - Behind the Park by Springscape.
Sims 4 LillyLilyUncommonSummer$1836hWillow Creek Park, also in front of Oakenstead
Sims 4 OnionOnionUncommonFall, Winter$1448hWillow Creek, Rendle Rose (House), also across the stream from Agave Adobe in Oasis Springs
Sims 4 PearPearUncommonFall, Winter$1460hWillow Creek Park, also behind Umbridge Manor (Mansion)
Sims 4 PotatoPotatoUncommonWinter$1024hWillow Creek, Garden Essence Home (BFF Household)
Sims 4 RoseRoseUncommonSpring, Fall$1848hWillow Creek, Behind Umbridge Manor (Mansion)
Sims 4 StrawberryStrawberryUncommonSpring$824hWillow Creek, Garden Essence Home (BFF Household)
Sims 4 TomatoTomatoUncommonSummer$1224hOasis Springs, up the road from Slipshod Mesquite (the home that looks like a trailer) are planter boxes. There you will find Tomato and some other plants.
Sims 4 TulipTulipUncommonSpring$1136hOasis Springs, near the abandoned mine down the hill behind the Landgraab Mansion.
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat HuckleberryHuckleberryUncommonSummer, Fall$818hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +1-3 4 hour Happy Moodlet (Quality-determined)
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat MuckleberryMuckleberryUncommonSummer, Fall$918hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +2 Dazed Moodlet for 2h. Dazed Sims are better targets for Romance.
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat FireleafFireleafUncommonSpring, Summer$1318hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +1-3 4 hour Happy Moodlet (Quality-determined)
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Poison FireleafPoison FireleafUncommonSpring, Summer$1118hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +2 Angry Moodlet for 2h
Sims 4 Garlic in Vampires Game PackGarlicUncommonAll$1224hThe Sims 4 Vampires Game PackVampires Game Pack. Found in seed packets, harvest in Forgotten Hollow
Sims 4 Plasma Fruit in Vampires Game PackPlasma FruitUncommonAll$1896hThe Sims 4 Vampires Game PackVampires Game Pack Harvest from behind Vlad's mansion in Forgotten Hollow
Sims 4 in ExpansionWolfsbaneAll$1836hThe Sims 4 Vampires Game PackVampires Game Pack. Purchase with high level Vampire Lore Skill.
Sims 4 Avocado in Jungle Adventure Game PackAvocadoUncommonAll$4596hThe Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game PackJungle Adventure Game Pack Harvest (and maybe buy) in Selvadorada (vacation world). May also come in uncommon seed packets.
Sims 4 Black Beans in Jungle Adventure Game PackBlack BeansUncommonSummer, Fall$636hThe Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game PackJungle Adventure Game Pack. Harvest (and maybe buy) in Selvadorada (vacation world). May also come in uncommon seed packets.
Sims 4 Begonias in the Seasons Expansion PackBegoniasUncommonSummer, Fall$6660hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. May be found in Summer seed packets.
Sims 4 Christmas Rose in the Seasons Expansion PackChristmas RoseUncommonWinter$4236hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. May be found in Winter seed packets?
Sims 4 Crocus in the Seasons Expansion PackCrocusUncommonSpring, Winter$2736hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. May be found in Winter or Spring seed packets?
Sims 4 Dahlia in the Seasons Expansion PackDahliaUncommonFall$4836hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. May be found in Fall seed packets?
Sims 4 Green Beans in the Seasons Expansion PackGreen BeansUncommonSummer, Fall$1812-24hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. May be found in Summer or Fall seed packets?
Sims 4 Snow Drop in the Seasons Expansion PackSnowdropUncommonWinter$1236hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack May be found in Winter seed packets, starter flowers as well.
Sims 4 Bird of ParadiseBird of ParadiseRareSpring, Summer$1036hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening). Graft Tulip with Chrysanthemum
Sims 4 BlackberryBlackberryRareSummer$5596hOasis Springs - near the dirt path beside the big Park.
Sims 4 Bonsai BushBonsai BudsRareAll Year$1024hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening). Graft Daisy and Strawberry or Grapes and Roses. May be made into a Decorative Bonsai Bush for $25.
Sims 4 Cow Plant BerryCow BerryRareAll YearN/A24hGraft Dragonfruit with Snapdragon. Cow Plant berries have been found while Fishing at the glimmering stream with a cave in Oasis Springs' Big Park, as well as Sylvan Glade's larger body of water. These may also be found while on missions in the Rocket Ship via the Rocket Science Skill. More on Cow Plants Below.
Sims 4 Death FlowerDeath FlowerRareWinter$148hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening). Graft Orchid with Pomegranate. It does not stop a Sim's death immediately as it did in TS3. In The Sims 4, you need another Sim to give Grim a Death Flower after he's done arriving to take the soul. He'll accept it and bring the dead Sim back to life. Death Flower is also used in the Gourmet Cooking Ambrosia Recipe (to resurrect Ghosts Sims).
Sims 4 DragonfruitDragonFruitRareFall$8096hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening). Also Graft Strawberry with Snapdragon.
Sims 4 OrchidOrchidRareSpring, Winter$2236hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening). Also Graft Lily with Snapdragon. This is also found after completing the Space Rock collection from the Rocket Science Skill.
Sims 4 PomegranatePomegranateRareWinter$1872hGraft Apple with Cherry. These have been found while Fishing in Magnolia Blossom Park, Willow Creek. I caught one in the central pond where you can also look for frogs while fishing without bait.
Sims 4 Trash PlantTrash FruitRareAll Year$424hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening) Have your Sim take out the trash, but cancel the interaction. Let this trash sit in your yard (it can be moved in buy mode), and it'll become one very unhappy trash plant. Water it fast, and one day you'll have your very own Perfect Trash Plant.
Unidentified Fruit ObjectU.F.O.RareFall$120112hFound in Rare Seed packets (buy on computer/buy mode with high level gardening) These evidently don't need watered, but do need weeded. Unidentified Fruit Object is what you harvest, but the plant is actually named Intergalactic Growth Pod. U.F.O. Fruit has been found while on adventure in the Rocket Ship. I got one while an Astronaut in an encounter with the Green Man (like Yoda). I took the weapon and defeated the Nega-Sim and got a Cowplant Berry along with an U.F.O. as a reward!
Sims 4 GrowfruitGrowfruitRareAll Year$90+80hOriginally part of the spring challenge and not a part of the Gardening Plant collection. Sometimes found when you purchase rare seed packets from the computer or buy mode (level 10 Gardening). Perfect Growfruit are almost as good as heavy Treefish when used as a fertilizer.
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Morel MushroomMorel MushroomRareSpring, Summer$1724hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Hidden Area of Granite Falls. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +1-3 4 hour Happy Moodlet (Quality-determined)
Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat False Morel MushroomFalse Morel MushroomRareSpring, Summer$1924hThe Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game PackFound in Granite Falls National Park. Used in Herbalism. Eating gives +2 Uncomfortable Moodlet for 2h
Sims 4 Emotion Berries in Jungle Adventure Game PackEmotion BerriesRareAll$24??The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game PackJungle Adventure Game Pack. These can be harvested outside the Jungle Temple. Comes in seven varieties: merry berry (happiness), vimberry (energy), gutsberry (confidence), flutterberry (flirty), cereberry (focused), museberry (inspired), and razzleberry (playful)
Sims 4 Money Tree in Seasons ExpansionMoney TreeRareAll Year$1,000+120hThe Sims 4 Seasons Expansion PackSeasons Expansion Pack. Purchase at reward store for 5,000 Satisfaction. Moving money tree to your family inventory while it has 'produce' can result in you getting a seed to complete the Gardening Collection. This is also a way to get more without spending 5k satisfaction each time. -- Credit Playalot
Sims 4 Get to Work Fang FlowerFang Flower (Tentacle Tree)No RaritySpring$50120hThe Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion PackGet to Work Found on the Alien Planet Sixam.
Sims 4 Get to WorkGlow OrbNo RarityWinter$100100hThe Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion PackGet to Work Found on the Alien Planet Sixam.
Sims 4 Get to WorkQuill FruitNo RaritySummer$10080hThe Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion PackGet to Work Found on the Alien Planet Sixam.
Sims 4 in ExpansionSixam Mosquito TrapNo RarityAll$66hThe Sims 4 Vampires Game PackVampires Game Pack Purchase with high level Vampire Lore Skill. Does not appear in the Gardening Collection list.
Sims 4 Catnip in Dogs and Cats ExpansionCatnips (Four Types)No RarityAll$636hThe Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion PckCats and Dogs Expansion. Catnip (energized), Madnip (angry), Napnip (sleep), and Nuzzlenip (flirty) are ordered from purchase seeds on the computer. Causes emotional reaction on your pet for a few hours. Does not appear in the Gardening Collection list.

Not listed: Forbidden fruit is an annual, used for the PlantSim challenge but only available when EA does that event. Growfruits appear as part of the spring challenge and are annual.

Cow Plants - Caring for them and Essence of Life

The Sims 4 - Cow Plants are hungry when they offer up cake as bait
Do not 'take the cake' - this Cow Plant is hungry and Sims are delicious.

Cow Plants are a special type of plant, grown from a Cowplant Berry. Cowplant Berries can be found a few ways, mentioned in the table above. They are the only type that can't be harvested normally and do not display their status when you hover over them. Feeding, Petting, and Playing with the Cow Plant will give your Sims Gardening Skill experience. Taking frequent care of your Cow Plant is essential both to its life and your Sims'.

The Sims 4 - Cow Plant spitting out a Sim
Here you can see a Dead Cow Plant so you don't need to neglect it just to find out.

If a Cow Plant is growing hungry, which happens after about 12 hours of not being fed, it will offer up cake. Sims cannot play with the Cow Plant at that point, but only choose between Feeding the Plant (wise) or eating the cake (foolish). Guests to your home or your own Sims with autonomy might just go for the cake if they're hungry themselves, and this can cause death. If the cow plant isn't fed after about 8-10 hours of this happening, it will die, leaving behind a rather cool-looking skeleton.

The Sims 4 - Cow Plant spitting out a Sim
A Cow Plant spits out one lucky Sim. It can now be milked to get a drinkable Essence of emotion.

When a Sim is swallowed by a Cow Plant by going for the Cake, one of two things will happen. The first time they take the cake, they'll get spit out, upon which case they will leave the cow plant feeling disgusting and unnerved; an emotionless husk. There will be a Drained Moodlet that lasts two days. Milking the Cow plant will give you an essence that will give your Sim whatever Emotion that Sim was feeling at the time. According to Forum Member Reubenhood, death only comes if a Sim already has the Drained moodlet that comes from being spit out, so a second encounter with the Cow Plant will kill the Sim.

The Sims 4 - Cow Plant killed a Sim so the Grim Reaper's taking him
The Grim Reaper cuts a Sim's Soul free of the Cow Plant

When the Sim dies, the Cow Plant can be milked to get an Essence of Sim's Life. Drinking this will extend the Sim's lifespan by putting them back to the beginning of the current life stage. It's better to save for when your Sim is close to aging up, as you'll get more days out of it.

The Sims 4 - Drinking Essence of Life from a milked cow plant that killed a Sim
Drinking the Essence of another Sim's Life increases your Sim's Lifespan

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Apollo1992says...
I have found through the scientist career that when you graft grapes onto roses, you also get the bonsai fruit.
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Carlsays...
Really! I had no idea there was a second combination. I do see that mentioned on the official Sims Forum, so maybe it works. Thanks for sharing :)

Makes me wonder what other combinations might work. I think when we did this, we focused on getting *something* and assumed each special plant had only one combo to get it. There was a patch back then that fixed all this, because for a while you couldn't get the special plants from a graft. It was all theory.
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SnazzyStarfishsays...
I saw Lemon Trees behind the Landgraab mansion along with Daises and Cherries!
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Sherylsays...
I am having trouble grafting a strawberry to a snapdragon if some on could tell me how to this I would appreciate it I'm playing on an xbox one I just need to know how to so the whole grafting thing
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Jas.ksays...
I really want the cow plant! I'm getting a little bored of just always taking my Sim to work, so I might fake a few sick days to stay home and get my gardening skill up! I have the strawberries and snap dragon, which will allow me to graft the dragon-fruit, and then I just have to graft the dragon-fruit with the snap-dragon and I'll get the cow-berry. Any suggestions on how to level up on my gardening skill quick?
Admin: Research Gardening and go out focused, tend to it. I'd read a skill book while focused as your garden only needs so much tending. Buy one from the computer. Talking about Skills with other Sims also gives lots of skill xp, according to one of the players on our Forum.

As for the Cow Plant, look to the Fishing Guide for a great place to catch them. The fish will also make great fertilizer for your garden, and you'll get skill experience for fertilizing them and the subsequent faster evolutions from using the fertilizer :)
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Katiesays...
I went fishing without bait and caught 3 cowberries that grew into cow plants. I also caught dragonfruits to plant.
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Tatianasays...
I was just fishing to pass time because I wanted the damn blackberry and got like 5 like what!?!?
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Tammy Colenatysays...
The easiest way to get the right emotion, is to use the lights they offer in desk lamps. I use them all of the time in my garden and in my home. They look like the green plumbob, but are different colors. Enable the mood in live mode and away you go, on a grand adventure! I hope this helps. I love how easy it is now to level my sims.
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RobertaKsays...
Another easy way is the emotion potions in the Rewards Store; I use those when I need to get my Sim focused for successful hacking.
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Dogwolf12says...
Go into the gardening (Seasons EP) career, there's a bonus (i think just before you choose a career track) of a cowplant berry :) Smile
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rebeccasays...
i can't pick the wild tulip, it just says "watch tulip" but it is blooming.. is my gardening skill to low? // sorry for bad english x) Love your guide!!
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Kaelsays...
Ok, so I also went to go pick the Tulip behind Landgrabb Mansion when my Sim was happy, and the tulip was blooming. It just said view tulip, and I maxed out my gardening skill.
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LiveZassays...
Try in Sylvan Glade, It worked for me when I went there Tongue
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Bisays...
You could also look for the Tulip behind Rio Verde in Oasis Spring Kael
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Dogwolf12says...
Yup, it's a glitch I think
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RobertaKsays...
I had that glitch on a couple of plants right near my house -- I saved and reloaded the game and it fixed itself.
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arias zadirasays...
rebecca, is your sim uncomfortable or tense, angry, ect. because they refuse 2 do anything if they are..
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Mariasays...
I'd like to ask a silly question: How do wild plants grow? Most of the plants you can't get in seed packets are never harvestable in my game. I've taken cuttings off of many of them but the young ones won't grow.

Will they grow if I visit every day, for example? Or do they randomly spawn when you visit so you never know what you'll find? Any idea?
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Dawnsays...
The reason why it may seem that you can't harvest some plants, you have to wait until they have grown. If they are not grown then all you get is the cutting of it.
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Pennisays...
Hi, Maria - Given that it's been two weeks since you posted your question, you've probably already figured it out but yes, if you visit every day, they will grow. Smile
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Inessays...
The zip file seems to be broken.
Could you put it back on?
Thank you!! Smile
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Playalotsays...
Must have been a temporary glitch, it's working fine for me now. Smile
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Jennifersays...
Crying where is the cherry at the park? I can't seem to find it at all!
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Florencesays...
I have found 2 cherry trees behind the landgraab house, maybe go see there.
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Michaelsays...
There are also Cherry trees in the secret lot at Willow Creek (forgotten glade or whatever it's called, the one inside the tree.) Cherry trees are slow growing, so often you will have to hang out on the lot for a while before they spawn. Visit the lot early in the game so that they spawn, then come back when your skill is at least 5 to get a cutting. It take a very long time for cherries to become harvest-able so the grafting method is generally quicker.
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Bisays...
There is another Cherry tree near the Tulip in Rio Verde and another one just across the street!
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Louissays...
Hi! When I am fertilizing, there are numbers on the lower right corner of the object picture. Do you know what that pertains to?
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Jennifersays...
Like the right corner of the picture of the fruit? Or whatever lol. That's how many you own I believe
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Dawnsays...
I found out the hard way that your sim can die by being eaten. Crying
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Krissysays...
Does anyone have any experience with the 'Trash Fruit'? I've had a trash pile in my yard for a couple days now (I put a fence around it so no one can clean it up) but watering it isn't an option and I've been keeping an eye on the trash, but it hasn't turned into a plant at all.
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Epyque Faylesays...
Krissy, it just takes a while (3-5 days I think). the trash pile will start to get smelly, then the plant will appear. Make sure you keep it far from living areas since it smells and draws flies. As far as I can tell there's no use for it other than the collection, so after you harvest, you can sell the fruit and destroy the plant.
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BeardedGlasssays...
Actually, if you “Collect Microscope Samples” (unlocked by Logic 2) from the Trash Plant then "Analyze” these samples with a "Microscope" and unlock microscope its print, the resulting photo frame has a FOCUS décor of 9, which is the highest I think so far.
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Pancake Loversays...
I hate the trash fruit. I accidently (Can't spell today sorry) grew like five of them in my legacy. My sim was neat so she was constantly uncomfortible (Still can't spell). I couldn't afford a trash can though.Crying
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justme2says...
Trash fruit makes inexpensive but good bait; it works really well for catfish but some other fish also really like it.
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Jsays...
Actually trash plants isn't all that useless. You may use its trash fruit as a bait at sylvan glades river (not the pond) to catch tree fish which sells for over $100
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NicoFilipposays...
In my expirience, Trash fruits are not that rare. Just kick a trash can, and another day... I get a little wierd, because my Sim can make pancakes with Trash Fruit!
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Jacinta Barnardsays...
I managed to get trash fruit to grow but it just brings tons of bugs. I just left it there outside and forgot about it haha
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Laurensays...
I've found out if u leave the quill fruit and glow orbs on plants they will increase in value......ex...perfect glow orb-$100...and its ready to harvest if u leave it on the plant the value increases.....sold one for 2000....it might also work if u have picked it and left in inventory...still checking it out..
Admin: This is a bug that affects all types of plants. When the quantities change, the price goes up for all others of the same value. It is particularly affecting plants whenever you have perfects of the same prices and use one in any way, from sticking it in the fridge to cooking a meal or simply selling one. It will go up and up until it resets. You can have $100 apples that way.
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Cecesays...
Hi, Carl. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful guide! I've been a big fan since your Sims 3 days and am glad you started covering TS4 as well.

I had a question about the levels at which some of the abilities unlocked for me. Both cutting and fertilising were unlocked after I'd reached two levels higher than the ones stated on your guide. Is there a trait I could get to unlock them faster?
Admin: Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad that you like my site :)

The gardening skill was updated in a patch to lower the skill requirements by 2 levels. Are you either A. somehow playing offline and not patching or B. unable to patch due to having a non-legit copy? (I don't judge). If either of these is the case you're missing out on some great patches that have improved things and added new content.

It is also possible this could be a caching issue if neither of the above scenarios fits your case. It is possible to clear the game cache, and I've recently added a guide for this.
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Pancake Loversays...
I found lemons on the dirt path at oasis springs when my sims went to the park there.
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lumersheersays...
Hi this may be a silly questions, but i created a tree which is supposed to produce the death flower about a week ago (game time) and it is fully grown but still not producing anything. did i do something wrong?
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Spencersays...
My apple tree took about 2 weeks in game time to grow its first apples then i produce some about 3 times a week. It can sometimes just take a while.
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Sandysays...
how do i get a snapdragon?? please help!!!
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Pancake Loversays...
Snapdragon is found near Oakenstead.
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Michaelsays...
Snapdragon is probably one of the most common plants. They grow just about everywhere.
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Candacesays...
Hey! I was also able to fish out a snapdragon fruit from the river in Willow Creek Park!
But I'm having trouble with the roses and pears! I noticed they were in a planter box so I'm not sure if that make the difference, but my sim stayed there for over 2 days and they grew enough to grab a sample, and the wild lillies and snapgdragons were harvested 3 times, but I couldn't harvest the pears or roses.
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Candacesays...
oops I mean dragon fruit was fished!
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SnazzyStarfishsays...
Wait, I need clarification. Do I HAVE to be an astronaut to speak with "Green Guy" and snag myself a U.F.O plant? I saw that you can get it from using the rocket, but can any sim use the rocket and get the opportunity to talk to Green Man and Nega-sim to collect those plants?

Thanks,
Snazzystarfish
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Clockwork Penguinsays...
Great guide, Carl (I tend to use your guides a lot as references).

I would like to point a little something out though. It seems that everyone is neglecting the literally awesome power of the Trash Fruit.. Yes, admittedly the max $16 or so value of the fruit itself is pretty bad. Even worse since the fruit itself isn't even actually used for anything (yet). And to top it all off, in order to use them effectively you'll need a way to combat the Uncomfortable moodlet (up to +3 uncomfortable - or worse, if your Sim has the "Neat" trait). However...

Trash fruit grow VERY quickly, allowing for multiple full harvests in a single day. This knowledge combined with the ability to cut and graft other plants can create some truly crazy harvests. Example: Try grafting a Glow Orb onto a Trash Fruit. Out of the plants roughly max 10 plants harvested per cycle, you'll average 3-7 per yield, and with an average of 2-3 harvests per day on a single plant, you'll be looking at several thousand bucks per day, off of just one plant due to the Glow Orbs (average) sell value. This can quickly become a staggering amount of cash per day once you start tacking on additional trash plants (for cash, I've made over 20k per day off a small garden of trash plants with grafted Glow Orbs or U.F.O.'s)

Once you figure out how to counter the plants "Uncomfortable" moodlet ("Beautifully Decorated", anyone?) you probably wont use anything else besides trash plants - other than growing stuff to graft onto them. Each one can hold up to 9 additional plant types, in addition to it's standard "trash" (10 total plants).
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justme2says...
You've just inspired me to play my astronaut Sim a bit more before Get Together. Grin
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Babssays...
The page above says "Bonsai Trees --Bonsai Trees are decor that regrow but allow for a continual source of Gardening experience. However, talking to plants or reading about Gardening is a better means of gaining experience. You can trim them into multiple designs once you've gained some levels. These may serve as unique indoor decorations. You can change the color of the stand by clicking on it." But you can only change the color of the POT. I would LOVE to be able to change the color of the stand. If anyone knows of a mod, cheat, or other work-around to do this, please let me know!
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Clockwork Penguinsays...
I pretty much only use the actual Bonsai Tree for decor, not really paying much attention to the stand itself. But, have you tried going back into Build Mode? At the top there will be an icon that looks kind of like a fan in the middle (it's actually a paint pallet). Click that, your cursor will change, then click on the Bonsai Tree (decoration), and a pop-up will appear above it allowing for different color options.

I'm not sure if this will change the stand, but it's the best I can think of outside of a mod. Again, I keep them in my house, but don't really give them much attention. Hope that helps.
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mhahse57says...
GrinGrinI have had fun experimenting with my Outdoor& Music Collector sim. I have unlocked several plants and just unlocked Bird of Paradise. A plant that is not to be found or purchased (or so I believe).

Grin I created it by grafting Chrysanthemum and Tulip.
I found my tulips near the Caliente's house.

I came here looking for Dragon Fruit combo. I have found it previous run-throughs of the game, but not yet in this latest, and most successful iteration. I think it was at the Park in Willow Creek, or Hidden Grotto.

Snapdragon and Strawberry: I did not realize one plant could have two or more combos to create a new fruit/flower. I am wondering if there are new plants to be found from Granite Falls grafting combos. Tried several and so far, no joy.

My plants, when they become Superb and above can be sold for thousands of dollars. My Sim's storage is loaded and when I am strapped for cash, he sells his harvested plants (especially flowers).
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SkyfriHimmelsays...
I have found the cow berry many times in every single neighbourhood. Though the chance of catching it is greater in sylvan glades.
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Ellasays...
My kid caught a cowplant berry from fishing. So much easier
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Jossesays...
I got the cow plant by fishing in my back yard of the empty lot in willow
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Jsays...
trash fruit may be used as a bait to catch tree fish (found in sylvan glade river)
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RaevynNocturnesays...
I'm trying to find the trick to bonsai bushes, what level do they need to be in order to make them Bonsai Trees that you prune? I think it's like Excellent, but I don't remember.

P.S. I absolutely LOVE your guide. Thank you so very much for the hard work you did not only doing the research for it, but to then design and build the website. I tip my hat tobthee, sir!
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Playalotsays...
There is a bug with converting Bonsai shrubs but anything less than or at excellent should be able to be converted.
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Yomosays...
How long does it take for the spliced snapdragon and dragonfruit plant take to grow a cowberry
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Playalotsays...
24 hours. Smile


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