|1||Plant, Water, Weed, Spray for Bugs, Harvest||Plant interaction|
|3||Research Gardening||Computer interaction|
|4||Talk to plants||Plant interaction|
|5||Fertilize garden||Plant interaction|
|6||Other Sims may compliment your garden||Social interaction|
|7||Buy Farmer's Seed Packets||Computer interaction|
|7||Take cutting, Grafting, Tend Garden||Plant interaction|
|8||Ability to spend §50 to re-grow a bonsai tree in order to re-shape it||Bonsai interaction|
|9||Water plants and weed faster||Plant interaction|
|10||Can mentor other sims||Social interaction|
Gardening is mainly built by tending various garden plants. Sims may also read a gardening skill book to level the skill more quickly and can also "Research Gardening" on any computer, after reaching level 3. At level 4, Sims can "Talk to Plants," which will build the gardening skill and satisfy social needs.
Starting with level 1 gardening, a Sim can plant flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables on their property, either outdoors on bare earth, or in flower pots. The easiest way to start a garden is to purchase seed packets at a computer or by clicking on a flower pot. Once the Sim received the seed packet, opening it will reveal one of the possible plants at random. Once the plant is placed in a spot where it can be planted, the "Plant" interaction will appear when the Sim clicks on it.
After it is planted, the Sim can water it to keep it healthy until it grows. When a plant needs to be watered again, its base will appear dry. A normal quality plant will not require weeding or spraying for bugs. Every 12 Sim hours that it remains tended to, it will increase in health, until it is ready to increasing in quality. Every 12 Sim hours that it remains untended (unwatered, covered in weeds, or surrounded by bugs), it will decrease in health until it dies. Its current health is represented by a picture of a daisy when highlighting the plant. The daisy will either be green and smiling, showing it is tended to, or unhappy and red, showing it requires maintenance. The petals around the outside of the daisy will show its progress toward growing in quality or dying. All plants need to be tended to at least once on a daily basis, meaning that even if a plant is not tended to for 12 hours, fully tending it once will provide double the progress of what it lost. None of the plants found on Sixam in The Sims 4: Get to Work require watering.
As plants progress past normal quality, they will start needing to be weeded and eventually sprayed for bugs, in addition to being watered. Weeds and bugs occur randomly and can occur every 24 hours, or not at all. Plants that require weeding will produce small white and yellow flowers around their base. Plants that require the Sim to spray for bugs will have a large number of bugs flying around the plant and will make an audible 'buzzing' sound. Despite the name, the Sixam Mosquito Trap will have no effect on how often plants have to be sprayed for bugs. Starting at level 7, Sims will have the ability to "Tend Garden" which will them to autonomously move between all plants within range, taking care of any tending that the plants need. "Tend Garden" does not autonomously fertilize or harvest plants.
Every so often, plants will produce harvestables. How often, depends on the plant. When it comes time to harvest a plant, it will produce a couple harvestables. If harvested right away, the Sim might receive one harvestable and the plant will be reset, and will be harvestable again after the length of its cycle. If the plant is not harvested as soon as possible, it will continue to produce harvestables until reaching ten, the maximum that any plant can hold. These harvestables can now be eaten, sold, used to plant new plants, or used in cooking or herbalism recipes. Plants can be harvested an unlimited number of times.
When plants reach maximum health, they can be evolved by a Sim, who has at least a level 2 gardening skill. This will increase the quality of the plants harvestables and their value. Increasing quality also increases the quality of dishes, drinks, and herbal remedies made with them. Planting a higher quality harvestable will result in a plant starting at that quality. There are eight levels of quality: Normal, Nice, Very Nice, Good, Great, Superb, Magnificent, Pristine, and Perfect. Most plants will increase from 3x to 7x their value between normal and perfect. Trash plants and death flowers are always worth §1, regardless of quality.
Starting at level 5, Sims can fertilize plants, which helps them evolve more quickly. Fertilizing does not affect the quality of the plant or harvestables, or how quickly harvestables are produced, and does not make the plant more resilient to needing water, weeding, or being sprayed for bugs. Plants can be fertilized with any plant or fish. Plants are the most common choice as they are easy to obtain and inexpensive to use up. Death flowers never increase in value past §1, which makes them common choices. There are also unconfirmed reports that trash plants and mushrooms are more effective than other plants, as fertilizers. The in-game description of growfruit states that it is a "great" fertilizer. Given its name and that it was added as part of a gardening event, it is probably the most effective possible fertilizer. Fish are more effective than most plants, increasing in effectiveness depending on the rarity of the fish.
After attaining level 5 gardening, Sims gain the ability to cut and graft plants. This allows them to make hybrid plants that grow multiple harvestables at once. To graft two plants together, the Sim simply needs to take a cutting from one plant, and graft it onto another. The second plant will then need to regrow, but after reaching maturity will bear its original harvestable, as well as the harvestable of the plant that was grafted onto it. Certain grafting pairs will produce a third harvestable on the plant, unrelated to the original two. This is the only way to obtain several rare harvestables. After discovering one of these unique pairs, the recipe will be added to that Sim's notebook. Because there are two possible recipes to create bonsai buds, only the first one discovered will show up in the notebook. Grafted plants produce harvestables at the rate of the base plant, not the plant that came from a cutting. They also will start at the quality of the base plant. Multiple plants can be grafted onto one base plant, but plants can only hold up to 10 harvestables, and grafted plants will split that randomly between all types. Mushrooms and the Sixam Mosquito Trap cannot be cut or grafted onto. Too many cuttings will kill a plant. Depending on the plant, they can survive 1 to 3 cuttings.
Death and resurrectionEdit
If a plant is not tended to for long enough, it will die. Plants can also be killed by fire, being stomped, or the withering touch of a ghost killed by a Cow Plant. After death, the plant will remain but will begin to produce an odor, similar to trash. No amount of tending can revive it. A Sim can pay §100 to revive a dead plant, at which point it will have to regrow, but will remain the quality it was before death.
There are 35 harvestables that can be collected in the base game and 40 more with every content pack. They are collected through finding them in the wild, grafting, or purchasing seed packets from the computer or garden plot.
|Image||Plant Name||Description||Rarity||Base Value||Perfect Value||Growth Rate||Notes||Pack|
|Apple||Characterized by that distinctive snap-hiss, bites from an apple are likely to have Sims feeling full and refreshed.||Common||3||13||36h|
|Basil||Once known for its ability to ease pain from a scorpion-sting, this leafy herb now decorates elaborate meals.||Common||1||3||24h|
|Blue Bells||A cluster of small blue blossoms.||Common||4||22||36h|
|Carrot||A sweet orange tuber.||Common||2||8||24h|
|Chrysanthemum||A beautiful flower that can be grown in the garden.||Common||4||21||36h|
|Daisy||A common bright flower of yellow and white.||Common||1||5||24h|
|Grapes||Sims love popping these in their mouth like crisp, juice chocolates.||Common||7||33||48h||
|Lemon||A sour citrus fruit.||Common||3||12||60h|
|Mushroom||An earthy, edible fungus.||Common||1||4||24h|
|Parsley||A delicate, minty herb leaf.||Common||2||5||24h||
|Plantain||A starchy, Banana-like fruit. Best cooked before eating!||Common||2||16||72h||
|Sage||A musky, purple herb leaf.||Common||2||5||24h|
|Snapdragon||A collection of small, vivid blossoms.||Common||4||25||36h|
|Spinach||A vitamin-rich dark green vegetable leaf.||Common||1||6||24h|
|Cherry||A pair of small, red fruit with pits.||Uncommon||3||15||60h||
|Lily||A large, vibrant blossom.||Uncommon||4||21||36h|
|Onion||A fragrant and tangy root vegetable.||Uncommon||3||14||48h|
|Pear||A crisp and fleshy fruit with a distinctive bell shape.||Uncommon||3||14||60h|
|Potato||A starchy, delicious underground tuber. The humble potato is often misidentified as a root.||Uncommon||2||10||24h|
|Rose||A blossom of beautiful color and lovely aroma.||Uncommon||4||23||48h|
|Strawberry||A small, sweet fruit with a red seed covered skin.||Uncommon||2||8||24h|
|Tomato||A juicy, red-skinned fruit often mistaken for a vegetable.||Uncommon||3||12||24h|
|Tulip||A plump bloom that grows even after picking, with delicately pointed petals around a cluster of stigma.||Uncommon||4||22||36h|
|Bird of Paradise||A flame-tipped flower, known for its avian characteristics. They might take flight during winter months.||Rare||4||20||36h|
|Blackberry||An aggregate fruit, known for its tangy bite and smooth aftertaste. Great for pies!||Rare||11||55||96h||
|Bonsai Buds||A small cluster of fragrant, green berries that can grow bonsai shrubs.||Rare||4||20||24h||
|Cow Berry||A plantable, strangely bovine fruit.||Rare||20||100||24h|
|Dragonfruit||An exotic, vibrant-colored fruit.||Rare||16||80||96h||
|Orchid||A colorful, exotic blossom.||Rare||5||28||36h|
|Pomegranate||A rare red-skinned fruit with tart, edible seeds.||Rare||4||18||72h||
|Trash Fruit||A foul smelling blossom inexplicably composed entirely of refuse.||Rare||1||4||24h||
|U.F.O. (Unidentified Fruit Object)||Strange space fruit.||Rare||24||120||112h||
|Death Flower||A spooky, yet elegant blossom. Roses just don’t cut it for the Grim Reaper. Try this flower to calm his qualms and get out of a deadly situation.||Rare||1||1||48h||
|Growfruit||Characterized by a distinctive glow, growfruit is a tasty treat, a great fertilizer, and a superb ingredient.||Common||2||15||72h|
|Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim||Eat, and become like the PlantSim. Plant, and grow a tree of your own. Forbidden, for it is nothing more than a facade.||Uncommon||0||0||
|Chamomile||A daisy-like flower commonly used to make herbal remedies.||Common||2||14||24h|
|Toxic Chamomile||Not to be confused with its non-toxic cousin, this toxic flower causes tension when eaten.||Common||3||15||24h|
|Elderberry||This royal purple berry has a sweet taste when cooked.||Common||1||6||18h|
|Noxious Elderberry||This pale purple berry is poisonous when uncooked, and slightly less poisonous when cooked.||Common||2||7||18h|
|Fireleaf||This plant gets its name from the dark red tint of its leaves.||Uncommon||3||13||18h|
|Poison Fireleaf||This infamous plant causes increased itchiness the longer you’re exposed to it.||Uncommon||3||11||18h|
|Huckleberry||This tiny berry is commonly used in fruit cobbler and pancakes.||Uncommon||2||8||18h|
|Muckleberry||If you’re looking to keep a clear head, this is not your muckleberry.||Uncommon||2||9||18h|
|Morel Mushroom||This edible fungus has a honeycomb-like appearance.||Rare||3||17||24h|
|False Morel Mushroom||This slightly green mushroom can have an adverse effect on a Sim’s bladder when consumed.||Rare||4||19||24h|
|Garlic||An annual bulbous plant. Its bulbs can be harvested for cooking or decorating.||Uncommon||2||12||24h||
|Plasma Fruit||The juice in this fruit has very similar properties to plasma.||Uncommon||4||25||72h|
|Wolfsbane||This flower is nothing special in its raw form. When used as an ingredient in food and drink it will affect the nocturnally oriented.||Uncommon||6||21||36h||
|Sixam Mosquito Trap||Non-edible and hard to find. It is rumoured these seeds are carried by the mosquitos who escape the plant's trap.||Uncommon||8||50||180h||
|Fang Flower||This alien flower has quite the defense mechanism. It looks like it wants to bite you.||Uncommon||10||50||120h||
|Glow Orb||Stare into this orb indefinitely, we dare you. It's absolutely mesmerizing, isn't it?||Rare||20||100||96h||
|Quill Fruit||This Quill Fruit is hard to handle let alone comfortably carry in your pocket. Impressive!||Rare||20||100||72h||
|Catnip||Catnip will boost your cats energy making them insanely hyper!||2||14||2h||
|Madnip||Madnip will make your cats enraged with pure anger!||2||14||2h||
|Napnip||Napnip will help calm your cat and put them to sleep.||2||14||2h||
|Nuzzlenip||Nuzzlenip will make your cat friskier than usual.||3||16||2h||
|Avocado||Avocados are delicious vegetables! Er... delicious fruits? Well whatever the correct classification it sure is good on toast!||Uncommon||8||42||46h||
|Black Beans||Black Beans are super nutritious and good for Sims. Additionally, they are very versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes.||Common||4||18||12h||
|Merry Berries||Happy little berries make for a happy little Sim. Just pop one in your mouth and try not to smile. I dare you.||Rare||10||48||24h|
|Gutsberries||These berries instill a sense of confidence in a Sim. Eat a bunch and you’ll get the guts for the most dangerous social maneuvers.||Rare||10||48||24h|
|Vimberries||These berries will get a Sim moving! Full of vim and vigor, nothing else gets you energized so quickly. And they're delicious to boot! A win-win!||Rare||10||48||24h|
Be very careful around these berries. They will set your heart aflutter and can cause immediate flirtiness. Be aware of nearby Sims when consuming this fruit.
|Cereberries||A quick handful of these berries will focus a Sim like a laser beam! Great for snacking during homework or when you just want to be able to concentrate.||Rare||10||48||24h|
|Museberries||Writer's block? Struggling to solidify that spark of a great idea? Fear not, because around this fruit you're a bite away from a mouthful of inspiration||Rare||10||48||24h|
|Razzleberries||These yummy berries are squishy and juicy. One taste will remind Sims of their childhood and cause playful tendencies.||Rare||10||48||24h|
|Begonia||Begonia flowers can mean caution, but they stand out in a garden.||Uncommon||23||63||24h|
|Christmas Rose||While not actually a rose, this Christmas Rose is a star shaped flower that is gorgeous at all times.||Uncommon||11||39||24h|
|Crocus||Crocus flowers share glee and cheer through their bloom.||Uncommon||9||25||24h|
|Dahlia||Dahlias have their own unique look and the blossoms revel in being different.||Uncommon||13||47||24h|
|Holly||A sprig of holly leaves and berries brings a touch of Winterfest anywhere.||Common||3||8||24h|
|Snowdrop||Snowdrops look like a little bit of snow suspended in the air.||Uncommon||4||13||24h|
|Green Bean||A perfect vegetable to eat at any time, hot or cold.||Uncommon||7||18||24h|
|Bell Pepper||Perfectly ripe and sharp taste that can be eaten alone for a little spice.||Common||2||8||24h|
|Green Peas||That green vegetable that all Sims learn to eat when they're young.||Common||2||8||24h|
|Money Fruit||This "fruit" is not for eating but will bring splendors to any Sim who plants it.||Rare||1,280||4,445||12h||
Harvesting one of every base game plant, except the death flower and plantain, will complete the gardening collection and award the "Go, Green Thumbs!" plaque. Plants from various expansions are shown in but not required to complete the gardening collection.
Seed packets can be bought at a computer or, as of Patch 68, directly from build mode under the Outdoor Activities category. However, Vampire Lore Seed Packets must be bought from computers or garden plots. The Growfruit packet is currently unavailable.
- There is an earlier version of the cow berry left in the files called the cow flower.
- In The Sims 4: Seasons, plants will bloom in spring.
- Every harvestable has an unused seed version.
- This can be seen when the player activates
bb.showhiddenobjectsand places the selected harvestable. The seed will be placed and then convert to its harvestable version almost instantly.
- This can be seen when the player activates
- Before the Seasons Patch, the base game Seed Packets had 2D thumbnails, which have been replaced by traditional 3D thumbnails.