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OSRS Farming Guide

Farming is a common but important activity in OSRS. By that I don’t mean farming gold or items, but agricultural in-game farming, the kind that yields crops, produce, and other similar items. It’s a rather huge boon, making it a must-learn must-farm skill.

Tools of the Trade

Before you get on the grind, you need to have the proper farming tools first. Kind of like in real life.

Here are the must-haves:

  • • Rake – takes out weeds from patch
  • • Spade – clears dead crops and harvests viable ones
  • • Watering Can - sprinkles water on plants
  • • Seed Dibbler – used to plant seeds
  • • Gardening Trowel – put soil in pots
  • • Plant Pot -
  • • Secateurs

You’ll find most of them in Sarah’s Farming Shop in Falador.

What separates farming from a good number of skills is that for this one, you need to keep in mind three things: the crop you’re planting, the location they’ll be planted, the time it takes for them to be harvested, and last but definitely not least, how to take care of your crops.

Unlike other skills where you get the intended product of the skill in question right away, it takes a few minutes or even hours with farming, since it tries to imitate real-life farming wherein crops take days to grow and be ready for harvest. Aside from that, you also have to tend to your crops, lest they die. To make sure this doesn’t happen, get yourself local farmers, as they make sure that your crops are always protected. Also, stock up on cure potions so that you can cure your plants in case they catch a disease.

Beginning With Crops

Also, before taking up farming, it’s recommended that you master Magic first, as doing so will get you the spells that help your farming.

  • • Cure Plant – removes diseases from plants – requires Magic level 66 and lunars
  • • Resurrect Crops – revive dead crops – requires Magic level 78 and Arcuess spellbook.
  • • Geomancy – opens a window that shows current status of your crops.

Once you got the tools and the know-how, let’s begin. For levels 1-15, here are the recommended crops:

  • • Level 1 – Potato Seed for 98 EXP
  • • Level 5 – Onion Seed for 114.5 EXP
  • • Level 7 - Cabbage Seed for 125 EXP
  • • Level 12 – Tomato Seed for 152.5 EXP

It goes without saying that you need land to be able to plant crops, which are called crop patches. For that, there are specific locations, namely:

  • • South of Falador
  • • West of Port Phasmatys
  • • North of Catherby
  • • North of Ardougne

Through the Trees

After level 15 and above, the best way to earn EXP is to plant trees. There are two kinds of trees: those that bear fruit, which are simply known in-game as fruit trees, and those that don’t, which are simply known as trees.

However, while they give out the biggest yield, it can be hindered by the fact that trees take up to eight hours to grow. Nevertheless, there is no better way to grind than this. So in order to reach level 99, you’ll have to mix things up, or else it’s going to take you forever before you get to the level cap.

For levels 15 to 30, Oak Trees are your best bet. Once you reach 30, here are the choices you can go with:

  • • Levels 30-33 – Banana Trees
  • • Levels 33-39 – Apple Trees
  • • Levels 39-42 – Orange Trees
  • • Levels 42-50 – Curry Trees
  • • Levels 51-57 – Pineapple Trees

At levels 57-80, the trees you’ll be planting can be more varied. From levels 57 to 80, you can either stick with Papaya Trees or stop at level 68 and go with Palm Trees, which is what you’ll be planting until level 99. As an alternative, you can also choose to plant Magic Trees.

The areas you’ll be planting trees on are different from that of crops. This time around, it’d be Varrock Palace, West of Lumbridge Castle, Falador Park, Taverley, and Gnome Stronghold.

Profiting Through Farming

Once you’re done grinding, it’s time to start making money out of farming. Before you do, here are some things you need to have first:

  • • Ultracompost
  • • Magic Secateurs
  • • Kandarin Diaries –gives 5, 10, or 15% extra herb yield in Catherby
  • • Falador Diaries – gives 10% extra EXP

As for the patches you’ll be planting your moneymaking crops in, the most recommended ones are Kourend, Trollheim, Canifis, Ardougne, Falador/Draynor, Catherby, and Mos Le Harmless.

The crops that you’ll be growing are toadflax, snapdragon, ranarr, kwuarm, and torstol. Each one has their own pros and cons. At an average of 10 herbs, these are the profits per seed and the cost of each seed:

  • • Toadflax – 25200 Gold for 176.40 (7 patches), 151.20 (6 patches), and 126 (5 patches)
  • • Snapdragon – 35300 Gold for 247.10 (7 patches), 211.80 (6 patches), and 176.50 (5 patches)
  • • Ranarr – 35420 Gold for 247.90 (7 patches), 212.52 (6 patches), and 177.10 (5 patches)
  • • Kwuarm – 20920 Gold for 146.44 (7 patches), 125.52 (6 patches), and 104.60 (5 patches)
  • • Torstol – 36000 Gold for 252 (7 patches), 216 (6 patches), and 180 (5 patches)

Among the five, snapdragon is considered as the one that yields the most profit, and Ranarr trailing second. However, if you’re going to factor in seed prices, toadflax would be your best bet, as you would be making a good amount of money for a very small price.

So there you have it – our guide for farming. We hope that you’ve learned a lot about the skill, and even encouraged to take it up if you haven’t. After all, it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do in Gielinor.

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