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A major element in The Sims 3 (base game) is the ability to plant and grow a variety of produce items with various effects.
It is also a skill career, so your sims can register as a Self-Employed gardeners, earning special rewards for selling their work.
There are 10 skill levels your sims can have in Gardening. Most levels have their own abilities and perks which are unlocked as your sim gains skill.
|0||Can plant Common seeds and water plants|
|1||Lettuce, apple, grape, and tomato seeds added to inventory|
|2||Can weed plants|
|3||Can plant Fertilize plants|
|5||Can plant Uncommon seeds|
|6||Can Revive plants (with Green Thumb trait)|
|7||Can plant Rare and Special seeds|
|8||Can plant Cheese and Eggplant (with Skill Opportunity)|
|9||Can plant Burger Patty and Steak plants (with Skill Opportunity)|
|10||Can plant Omni Plant seeds (with Skill Opportunity)|
Plants & Produce
These are all the plants available in The Sims 3 as well as what produce they bear, and details about them.
These are the edible plants available in the game. They can be purchased either from the store or found as seeds in the various worlds.
|Icon||Plant||Produce||Skill||Rarity||Value||Experience**||Weed Chance||Max Produce***||Produce Per Harvest||Expansion||Additional Info|
|Apple Tree||Apple||0||Common||4||175/125||10%||40||3-5||Apples eaten during pregnancy increase the chance of having boys.|
|Watermelon Vine||Watermelon||5||Uncommon||9||225/175||25%||10||1-2||Watermelon eaten during pregnancy increases the chance of having girls.|
|Bell Pepper Plant||Bell Pepper||7||Rare||12||325/250||20%||15||2-4|
|Life Plant||Life Fruit||7||Special||25||375/300||25%||12||1-3||Life fruits increase the time to next age by 1 day. Life fruit will not de-age your sim. For more information, see: Life Fruit|
|Death Flower Plant||Death Flower||7||Special||0||375/300||2.5%||2||1||If a death flower is in a sim's inventory when they die, the Grim Reaper will take the flower instead of the sim. Death flower bushes flower just once before dying. A sim with the Green Thumb trait has a chance of reviving the plant to bear one more flower before it goes barren. For more information, see: Death Flower.|
|Flame Fruit Bush||Flame Fruit||7||Special||18||375/300||25%||12||1-3||Provides a +5 "Cozy Fire" moodlet when in a sim's inventory. For more information, see: Flame Fruit.|
|Money Tree||Money Bag||7||Special||100-200/bag||375/300||25%||10000||2-5||Produces money bags instead of produce. Unlike other produce, money bags cannot be planted as if they were seeds. Instead, if an empty square is next to it when it reaches Perfect quality, it will drop a Normal quality seed.|
|Cheese Plant||Cheese||8||Special||5||150/100||25%||15||2-5||The ability to plant cheeses is given as part of a Skill Opportunity from the Bistro.|
|Eggplant||Egg||8||Special||7||150/100||25%||15||2-5||The ability to plant eggs is given as part of a Skill Opportunity from the Bistro.|
|Burger Patty Plant||Patty||9||Special||16||150/100||25%||15||2-5||The ability to plant burger patties is given as part of a Skill Opportunity from the Bistro. You must complete the cheese/eggplant opportunity first.|
|Steak Plant||Steak||9||Special||20||150/100||25%||15||2-5||The ability to plant steaks is given as part of a Skill Opportunity from the Bistro. You must complete the cheese/eggplant opportunity first.|
|Omni Plant||Whatever it has been fed||10||Special||Varies||400/300||15%||25||2-5||The ability to order Omni Plant seeds is given as part of a Skill Opportunity from the Bistro. You must complete the burger patty/steak opportunity first. Plantable only via seeds which can be purchased through the mail. Requires feeding to create produce, and will grow whatever it's fed. For more information, see: Omni Plant.|
|Avornalino Grapevine||Avornalino Grapes||0||Common||4||175/125||10%||30||2-4||Can be purchased in Champs Les Sims with 20 ancient coins at Visa level 1.|
|Gralladina Fran Grapevine||Gralladina Fran Grapes||0||Common||4||175/500||10%||30||2-4||Can be purchased in Champs Les Sims with 40 ancient coins at Visa level 3.|
|Cherimola Blan Grapevine||Cherimola Blan Grapes||5||Uncommon||7||225/500||10%||30||2-3||Exclusive to France, these grapes can be harvested at the Champs Les Sims Nectary.|
|Cranerlet Nuala Grapevine||Cranerlet Nuala Grapes||5||Uncommon||8||225-500||20%||30||2-3||Can be purchased in Champs Les Sims with 50 ancient coins at Visa level 3.|
|Meloire Grapevine||Meloire Grapes||7||Rare||10||325/500||20%||30||2||Can be purchased in Champs Les Sims with 25 ancient coins at Visa level 2.|
|Renoit Grapevine||Renoit Grapes||7||Rare||13||325/500||30%||30||2||Exclusive to France, these grapes can be harvested at the Champs Les Sims Nectary.|
|Pomegranate Tree||Pomegranate||5||Uncommon||8||225/500||10%||50||2-3||Exclusive to Egypt and France, these grapes can be harvested at The Garden House in Champs Les Sims or purchased from the market in Al Simhara.|
|Plum Tree||Plum||5||Uncommon||7||225/500||10%||50||2-3||Exclusive to China, these grapes can be harvested in Shang Simla.|
|Pomelo Tree||Pomelo||7||Rare||15||500/500||20%||50||2||Exclusive to China, these grapes can be harvested in Shang Simla.|
|Cherry Tree||Cherries||7||Rare||12||500/500||20%||50||2-5||Exclusive to China and Egypt, these grapes can be harvested in Shang Simla and Al Simhara.|
|Plasma Fruit Bush||Plasma Fruit||7||Special||20||375/300||2.5%||2||1||Plasma Fruit are unique in that they improve a vampire's thirst motive. They also make non-vampires ill. For more information, see: Flame Fruit.|
|Carrot Plant||Carrot||5||Uncommon||7||225/172||5%||20||1-3||Horses will get a "Mmm...Carrots!" moodlet from eating it.|
|Ghost Chili Bush||Ghost Chili||7||Rare||22||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Ghost Chili are extremely spicy and have a special effect on Sims that eat them. For more information, see: Ghost Chili|
|File:KonaBean.png||Kona Bean Plant||Kona Bean||0||Common||9||175/125||20%||20||2-4||Grants Coffee Breath and Kona Lift moodlets.|
|File:BlackBean.png||Midnight Bean Plant||Midnight Bean||0||Common||12||175/125||20%||20||2-4||Grants Coffee Breath and Midnight Buzz moodlets.|
|File:ElderSwan.png||Cortado Bean Plant||Cortado Bean||5||Uncommon||22||175/125||20%||20||2-4||Grants Coffee Breath and Cortado Buzz moodlets.|
|File:ExpensiveBerry.png||Red Berry Bean Plant||Red Berry Bean||5||Uncommon||50||175/125||20%||20||2-4||Grants Coffee Breath and Red Rocket Buzz moodlets.|
|File:MauiBean.png||Maui Bean Plant||Maui Bean||0||Common||11||175/125||20%||20||2-4||Grants Coffee Breath and Maui Slappucino moodlets.|
|File:Basil.png||Basil||Basil||0||Common||15||175/125||20%||15||2-4||Increases career performance and promotion chance.|
|File:Lavender.png||Lavender||Lavender||0||Common||17||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Increases Energy gain while sleeping.|
|File:SweetGrass.png||Sweet Grass||Sweet Grass||0||Common||9||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Cures nausea.|
|File:Buzzberry.png||Buzzberry||Buzzberry||5||Uncommon||18||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Makes Sims gain Athletic skill faster.|
|File:Licorice.png||Licorice||Licorice||5||Uncommon||18||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Slows down hunger decay.|
|File:Greenleaf.png||Greenleaf||Greenleaf||5||Uncommon||19||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Makes weight loss easier.|
|File:Wonderpetal.png||Wonderpetal||Wonderpetal||5||Uncommon||12||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Increases study rate.|
|File:Bumbleleaf.png||Bumbleleaf||Bumbleleaf||7||Rare||26||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Improves a Sim's fire resistance.|
|File:Chamomile.png||Chamomile||Chamomile||7||Rare||29||325/250||20%||15||2-4||Makes Sims gain influence on any social group faster.|
|File:ForbiddenFruit.png||Forbidden Fruit Tree||Forbidden Fruit||10||Special||0||325/250||20%||1||1||Can turn a Sim into a Plant Sim if eaten.|
Mushrooms & Fungus
The Supernatural expansion pack added a new type of edible plant that functions just like the previously released plants, with a slightly different growth cycle. For all of you who love mushrooms, now your Sims can grow their own.
Mushroom Related Challenges
|Mushroom Collector||Find 7 unique mushrooms, and the quality of mushrooms grown will increase.|
These plants can be grown like the ones above but are not edible. They are used as ingredients for the Alchemy skill.
* Value: Numbers given above are the base values for Normal quality produce. For higher quality produce, multipliers are as follows:
- Normal: 100%
- Nice: 110%
- Very Nice: 150%
- Great: 200%
- Excellent: 250%
- Outstanding: 300%
- Perfect: 400%
Produce sold to the grocery store sells for 10% higher than selling it through your inventory.
** Experience: Numbers given are [experience for planting/experience for harvesting].
*** Max Produce: This is the maximum amount of produce that a plant will bear before it is barren.
Each plant (and its produce) has varying levels of quality.
Degrees of Quality
These are listed in order of worst quality to best quality.
- Very Nice
The quality of the plants that your sims plant will determine the quality of the food (harvestable) that it produces. A Very Nice Apple Tree will produce Very Nice Apples.
If your sim has purchased the "Super Green Thumb" Lifetime Reward, whatever your sim plants will have one level of quality higher than the seed or fruit they planted.
Always plant the highest quality seeds or produce that you have available. Care well for your plants to ensure a higher quality harvest. Once you've harvested the produce, dispose of the harvested plant, and replant with the higher-quality seeds/produce from the harvest. Repeat until you have perfect plants (and thus perfect produce).
Plants can be fertilized to speed their growth. Fertilizer has no effect on harvestable quality.
Fertilizer value below means how much it speeds the growth. This is likely not a multiplier - exact details still need to be sorted out. Days is the number of days the fertilizer is good for.
In addition to using various plants for fertilizer the Pets expansion pack added two new types of fertilizer: Horse Fertilizer and Unicorn Fertilizer. These fertilizers are obtained from cleaning the horse box out when either a Horse or Unicorn have used it to satisfy their bladder motive.
|25||4||Angelfish, Sea Sludge (LN)|
|25||3||Vampire Fish, Mummy Fish (WA), Dragon Fish (WA)|
|20||4||Shark, Plasma Fruit (LN)|
|15||4||Steak, Bell Pepper, Flame Fruit, Blowfish, Piranha, Red Herring, Siamese catfish, Tragic Clownfish, Cherries (WA)|
|15||3||Meloire Grapes (WA), Renoit Grapes (WA), Sewer Trilobite (LN), Unicorn Fertilizer** (Pets)|
|12||3||Black Goldfish, Salmon, Swordfish|
|10||3||Tuna, Cherimola Blan Grapes (WA), Cranerlet Nuala Grapes (WA), Horse Fertilizer (Pets)|
|8||3||Rainbow Trout, Plum (WA)|
|5||4||Burger Patty, Cheese, Egg, Apple, Lettuce, Tomato|
|5||3||Grapes, Alley Catfish, Anchovy, Goldfish, Avornalino Grapes (WA), Gralladina Fran Grapes (WA), Crocodile (WA), Crawfish (WA), Frog (WA), Snails (WA), Tancho Koi (WA), Ochiba Koi (WA), Kawarimono Koi (WA), Doitsu Koi (WA), Kissing Gourami (LN)|
**Be advised people have reported using Unicorn Fertilizer on your plants can cause the plant to transform into a life fruit plant. Can anyone confirm this?
Fertilizer value also has a multiplier, based on the above numbers. So a Perfect quality Life Fruit would give a fertilizer value of 50 (25 base value x 2.0 perfect quality multiplier).
- Good mood for gardeners: Upgrade your home stereo to reroute the speakers through the entire house. This lets your sims hear music no matter where they are on the lot, even when gardening. They'll get a +30 moodlet if it's playing their favorite style of music. You can also put a Flame Fruit in their inventory for an additional +5 moodlet.
- Watering plants: Available in the Appliances section in Buy Mode, the "Schprinkler" can water a 5x5 plot of plants, eliminating the need to do so yourself. You can turn it on and off at a distance, and the sprinkler can be upgraded to water automatically.
- Dead vs. Barren: The Green Thumb trait will allow sims to revive Dead plants. You have to seriously neglect plants before they die, so this is of limited usefulness except in the case of the Death Flower Plant, which can be revived to bear one more flower. Barren plants, though they look the same as dead plants, cannot be revived and can only be disposed or deleted.
- Talk to Plant: The Talk to Plant interaction that you get for having the Green Thumb trait does not do anything for plant or produce quality and only raises the sim's social value. This makes it useful if you have a single sim gardening all the time with suffering social.
- Master Farmer: Sims who have completed the Master Farmer Skill Challenge (harvested at least 650 produce items) will have any fertilizer they use last 2 days longer than normal.
There are three different challenges for the gardening skill.
|Master Planter||A Master Planter must plant 19 types of plant that can be planted in the game. Once you have mastered the varieties, you can reduce weed growth significantly on future plants.|
|Botanical Boss||Botanical Bosses must harvest at least 75 perfect fruits and vegetables. The plants of Botanical Bosses almost never die from neglect.|
|Master Farmer||Master Farmers have harvested at least 650 fruits and vegetables. The plants of Master Farmers remain watered and fertilized longer, meaning their gardens are more efficient.|
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