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Carl's The Sims 3 Gardening Guide: Grow Perfect Plants

Path to the Perfect Garden - Raising your Plant Quality

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How to GardenFind SeedsFertilizer
Plant QualityPlant ListOmni Plant, Steaks, and more

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Perfect plants are highly profitable items in the Sims 3. High quality plants are worth more money than normal plants. If you can push your plants' base fruit or vegetable production to perfect without using fertilizer, you'll make a better profit. You'll need multiple perfect plants to complete the Perfect Garden lifetime wish, so let's learn how plants grow in the Sims 3.

In order to grow perfect plants, you'll need to grow a crop, either by buying produce at the supermarket or finding seeds. Harvest the produce once the plants are mature and save the best fruits and vegetables your Sim finds. Let's say you make a crop, fertilize and care for it as often as is necessary. The fruit these plants grow will be much better than the original produce or seeds you planted.

If your Sim has the Green Thumb trait, they can talk to plants to increase the quality of the harvested produce by one level. It will also by default give one more quality level. Super Green Thumbs (a Lifetime Reward) will bestow one quality level to the plant when it's first planted.

After harvest, when you plant these higher quality offspring, you'll get even better plants by repeating the process. Repeat this process for two or three generations and your garden will be full of perfect plants!

How to tell which plants are better when planting
To replant only the high quality crops you make, use a nifty feature of the Sims 3 interface. Click the arrow in the upper left corner of any stacked item to see individual item listings. You can then choose only the perfect, excellent and outstanding crops you've made to replant. Once you're done planting, head to the supermarket and mass sell the leftovers!

Plant Quality
So you can tell which plants are higher quality, I've provided a Quality Scale for vegetables and fruit, as well as many other items in The Sims 3:
Putrid
Horrifying
Bad
Normal
Nice
Very Nice
Great
Excellent
Outstanding
Perfect


Gardening
How to GardenFind SeedsFertilizer
Plant QualityPlant ListOmni Plant, Steaks, and more
The Sims 3 Skills
Advanced TechAlchemyAthleticBot MakingCharismaCollectingConsignment
CookingFishingGardeningGuitarHandinessInstrumentsInventing
Laser RhythmLogicMartial ArtsMixologyNectar MakingPaintingPhotography
RidingScienceScuba DivingSculptingSocial NetworkingStreet ArtWriting






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A. W. says...
Hi! I just got seasons and it's the end of Spring in my game. I planted a good tomato plant and it's "dormant" So... there's something new to explore! It seems the seasons have some effect on the gardening? I'll add more info if I have it :)

Thanks for all you do!
12th December 2012 5:20pm
Wendy Jaa says...
I read the list of the quality levels of plants/seeds and realized that I've never seen a horrifying or putrid plant or seed. Does anyone have any tips on how to find these? I'm curious to see how the produce would do in cooking.
25th January 2014 5:06am
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