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For gardening in other Sims games, see Gardening.
Skill TS4 Gardening
Gardening is a skill included in The Sims 4. It primarily focuses on a Sim's ability to grow different types of plants. The plants grown through gardening can be sold or in some cases used in recipes.

Abilities Edit

Level Ability Interaction
1 Plant, Water, Weed, Spray for Bugs, Harvest Plant interaction
2 Evolve 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

Growing PlantsEdit


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 of the Gardening skill, 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.


Gardening skill 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 in the Gardening skill. At level 4, Sims can "Talk to Plants," which will build the Gardening Skill and satisfy social needs.


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. Mushroom and 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.

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Planting a Cow Berry results in a Cow Plant, which does not produce berries. Therefore, the Cow Berry can only be naturally grown as part of a grafted plant.

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.

Plants Edit

There are 33 Plants that can be collected, (50 with every Expansion Pack) and they are collected through finding them in the wild or grafting them together to earn rare specimens.

The Sims 4Edit

All plants in the base game can be purchased from any flower pot or computer, unless locations are listed.

Image Plant Name Description Rarity Base Value Perfect Value Growth Rate Notes
Apple (TS4)
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 (TS4)
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 (TS4)
Blue Bells A cluster of small blue blossoms. Common 4 22 36h
Carrot (TS4)
Carrot A sweet orange tuber. Common 2 8 24h
Chrysanthemum (TS4)
Chrysanthemum A beautiful flower that can be grown in the garden. Common 4 21 36h
Daisy (TS4)
Daisy A common bright flower of yellow and white. Common 1 5 24h
Grapes (TS4)
Grapes Sims love popping these in their mouth like crisp, juice chocolates. Common 7 33 48h
  • Purchased from any flower pot or computer.
  • Grafted using Blue Bells and Strawberry.
Lemon (TS4)
Lemon A sour citrus fruit. Common 3 12 60h
  • Oasis Springs, at the end of road, near the Museum.
  • Oasis Springs, across the street from Rattlesnake Juice in the dirt area.
  • Windenburg, behind the large empty lot near the Fyres House.
Mushroom (TS4)
Mushroom An earthy, edible fungus. Common 1 4 24h
Parsley (TS4)
Parsley A delicate, minty herb leaf. Common 2 5 24h
  • Purchased from any flower pot or computer.
  • Grafted from Sage and Basil.
Plantain (TS4)
Plantain A starchy, Banana-like fruit. Best cooked before eating! Common 2 16 72h
  • Purchased from any flower pot or computer.
  • Grafted using Pear and Lemon.
Sage (TS4)
Sage A musky, purple herb leaf. Common 2 5 24h
Snapdragon (TS4)
Snapdragon A collection of small, vivid blossoms. Common 4 25 36h
Spinach (TS4)
Spinach A vitamin-rich dark green vegetable leaf. Common 1 6 24h
Cherry (TS4)
Cherry A pair of small, red fruit with pits. Uncommon 3 15 60h
Lily (TS4)
Lily A large, vibrant blossom. Uncommon 4 21 36h
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Onion A fragrant and tangy root vegetable. Uncommon 3 14 48h
Pear (TS4)
Pear A crisp and fleshy fruit with a distinctive bell shape. Uncommon 3 14 60h
Potato (TS4)
Potato A starchy, delicious underground tuber. The humble potato is often misidentified as a root. Uncommon 2 10 24h
Rose (TS4)
Rose A blossom of beautiful color and lovely aroma. Uncommon 4 23 48h
Strawberry (TS4)
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 (TS4)
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
Bird of Paradise A flame-tipped flower, known for its avian characteristics. They might take flight during winter months. Rare 4 20 36h
  • Grafted using Tulip and Chrysanthemum.
  • Harvested at the flea market.
Blackberries (TS4)
Blackberry An aggregate fruit, known for its tangy bite and smooth aftertaste. Great for pies! Rare 11 55 96h
Bonsai Buds (TS4)
Bonsai Buds A small cluster of fragrant, green berries that can grow bonsai shrubs. Rare 4 20 24h
  • Grafted using Daisy and Strawberry
  • Grafted using Grapes and Rose.
Cowplant Berry (TS4)
Cow Berry A plantable, strangely bovine fruit. Rare 20 100 24h
Dragonfruit (TS4)
Dragonfruit An exotic, vibrant-colored fruit. Rare 16 80 96h
  • Grafted using Strawberry and Snapdragon.
Orchid (TS4)
Orchid A colorful, exotic blossom. Rare 5 28 36h
Pomengranate (TS4)
Pomegranate A rare red-skinned fruit with tart, edible seeds. Rare 4 18 72h
  • Grafted using Apple and Cherry.
Trash Fruit (TS4)
Trash Fruit A foul smelling blossom inexplicably composed entirely of refuse. Rare 1 4 24h
  • Leave trash lying on the ground, it will plant itself after about a day.
Unidentified Fruit Object (TS4)
U.F.O. (Unidentified Fruit Object) Strange space fruit. Rare 24 120 112h
  • Obtained by exploring space in a rocket, from the Rocket Science Skill.
Death Flower (TS4)
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
  • Grafted using Orchid and Pomegranate.
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
  • Inside the Magical Bean Portal Tree.

The Sims 4: Outdoor RetreatEdit

All plants added in The Sims 4: Outdoor Retreat can be found in Wild Bushes, in Granite Falls and have to be identified using Herbalism. Muckleberry can only be found in the forest of Granite Falls. Morel Mushroom and False Morel Mushroom can be found in the Deep Woods Secret Lot of Granite Falls.

Image Plant Name Description Rarity Base Value Perfect Value Growth Rate Notes
Chamomile (TS4)
Chamomile A daisy-like flower commonly used to make herbal remedies. Common 2 14 24h
Elderberry (TS4)
Elderberry This royal purple berry has a sweet taste when cooked. Common 1 6 18h
Noxious Elderberry (TS4)
Noxious Elderberry This pale purple berry is poisonous when uncooked, and slightly less poisonous when cooked. Common 2 7 18h
Toxic Chamomile (TS4)
Toxic Chamomile Not to be confused with its non-toxic cousin, this toxic flower causes tension when eaten. Common 3 15 24h
Fireleaf (TS4)
Fireleaf This plant gets its name from the dark red tint of its leaves. Uncommon 3 13 18h
Huckleberry (TS4)
Huckleberry This tiny berry is commonly used in fruit cobbler and pancakes. Uncommon 2 8 18h
Muckleberry (TS4)
Muckleberry If you’re looking to keep a clear head, this is not your muckleberry. Uncommon 2 9 18h
Poison Fireleaf (TS4)
Poison Fireleaf This infamous plant causes increased itchiness the longer you’re exposed to it. Uncommon 3 11 18h
False Morel Mushroom (TS4)
Morel Mushroom This edible fungus has a honeycomb-like appearance. Rare 3 17 24h
Morel Mushroom (TS4)
False Morel Mushroom This slightly green mushroom can have an adverse effect on a Sim’s bladder when consumed. Rare 4 19 24h

The Sims 4: VampiresEdit

All plants added in The Sims 4: Vampires have unique seeds that can be purchased from any computer or flower pot. Garlic has no requirements. Plasma Fruit, Wolfsbane, and Sixam Mosquito Trap cannot be purchased until a Sim has attained level 8 in Vampire Lore.

Image Plant Name Description Rarity Base Value Perfect Value Growth Rate Notes
Garlic (TS4)
Garlic An annual bulbous plant. Its bulbs can be harvested for cooking or decorating. Uncommon 2 12 24h
Plasma Fruit (TS4)
Plasma Fruit The juice in this fruit has very similar properties to plasma. Uncommon 4 25 72h
Wolfsbane (TS4)
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
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

The Sims 4: Get to WorkEdit

All plants added in The Sims 4: Get to Work are exclusively found on the Alien Planet Sixam, which can be reached through the Wormhole Generator or by traveling through a wormhole in a rocket ship. Quill Fruit is the most profitable plant a Sim can grow, yielding close to §300 per plant, per day.

Image Plant Name Description Rarity Base Value Perfect Value Growth Rate Notes
Fang Flower
Fang Flower This alien flower has quite the defense mechanism. It looks like it wants to bite you. Uncommon 10 50 120h
Glow Orb
Glow Orb Stare into this orb indefinitely, we dare you. It's absolutely mesmerizing, isn't it? Rare 20 100 96h
Quill Fruit
Quill Fruit This Quill Fruit is hard to handle let alone comfortably carry in your pocket. Impressive! Rare 20 100 72h

The Gardening CollectionEdit

Go, Green Thumbs!

Harvesting one of every base game plant will complete the Gardening Collection and award the Go, Green Thumbs! plaque. Plants from the various expansions are shown in but not required to complete the Gardening Collection.

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The Death Flower and the Sixam Mosquito Trap are not shown in the Gardening Collection.

Seed Packets Edit

Image Seed Packet Name Price Contains EP
Starter Flowers §35 Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy &BG
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Starter Fruits §35 Apple, Grapes, Plantain, Strawberry &BG
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Starter Herbs §35 Basil, Parsley &BG
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Starter Vegetables §35 Carrot, Mushroom, Spinach &BG
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Farmer Flowers and Fruit §75 Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Apple, Grapes, Plantain, Strawberry &BG
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Farmer Veggies and Herbs §75 Carrot, Mushroom, Spinach, Basil, Parsley &BG
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