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Carl's The Sims 3 Gardening Guide: Seed/Plant List

Plants in University Life, World Adventures, and Other Expansion Packs

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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.

This Plant List includes growth times, values and notes for obtaining every type of plant in the Sims 3 and the Sims 3's World Adventures expansion pack, Supernatural Expansion, and University Life Expansion, the three which currently provide the most additions to the game's plant types. The list also goes a long way toward helping Xbox 360 and PS3 console owners of the Sims 3. Look to the bottom of the list for information on finding the new plants in the travel destinations included in the expansion.

The requirements for what you can plant are simple. At level 1, you can only plant common plants. Sims can plant Uncommons at level 5. Rare and Special plants are plantable at level 7. The special gardening opportunities require your Sim to be in Sunset Valley or Riverview and be at least level 9 before they will trigger.

Base Growth times are included to show the effects of powerful fertilizer. Check the Fertilizer Guide for information on what fertilizer does and doesn't do in the game.

Harvest Value is for one harvestable of that type. Plants can give anywhere from 1-5 produce depending on the variety. The formula is simple. Perfect quality plants sell for quadruple the value of a normal specimen.

Sims 3 Plant List
Plant NameRarityHarvest ValueGrowth Time:
No Fertilizer
Fertilized with
Perfect Life Fruit
Max Harvestable ProduceSpecial Notes
Apple TreeCommon4-164440Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
BasilCommon15-604415Requires University Life
Cherimola Blan GrapesCommon4-168430Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Cortado BeanCommon20-804420Requires University Life
GinsengCommon13-524415Requires University Life
GrapevineCommon4-168415Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
Kona BeanCommon9-364420Requires University Life
Lettuce PlantCommon3-124415Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
MandrakeCommon6-244420Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Maui BeanCommon11-444420Requires University Life
Midnight BeanCommon12-484420Requires University Life
PeppermintCommon12-484415Requires University Life
PorcinisCommon10-405430Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Red Berry BeanCommon50-2004420Requires University Life
Red ToadstoolsCommon20-805430Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Red Valerian RootCommon6-244420Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Renoit GrapesCommon4-168430Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Tomato PlantCommon3-124420Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
White CapsCommon5-205430Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
WolfsbaneCommon13-524420Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Avornalino GrapesUncommon7-288530Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Banana TreeUncommon7-288450Banana Trees are available with The Sims 3 Showtime EP
BuzzberryUncommon18-724415Requires University Life
CarrotUncommon7-284420Carrots come with the Pets EP
CinnamonUncommon16-644415Requires University Life
GreenleafUncommon19-764415Requires University Life
LavenderUncommon17-684415Requires University Life
LicoriceUncommon13-524415Requires University Life
Lime TreeUncommon9-368440Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
OnionUncommon7-2810425Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
Meloire GrapesUncommon8-328430Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
MycenasUncommon33-1325415Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Plum TreeUncommon7-28850Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Pomegranate TreeUncommon8-328450Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
PotatoUncommon7-288415Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
Spotlight MushroomUncommon38-1525415Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Sweet GrassUncommon9-364415Requires University Life
WatermelonUncommon9-368410Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
WonderpetalUncommon12-484415Requires University Life
Bell PepperRare12-4814815Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.
BumbleleafRare26-1044415Requires University Life
ChamomileRare29-1164415Requires University Life
Cherry TreeRare12-4811650Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Cranerlet Nuala GrapesRare13-5211830Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
GarlicRare15-6015830Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket. My personal favorite fertilizer because of its duration and outstanding quality with a lower price than life fruit.
Ghost ChiliRare22-884415Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Glow OrbsRare64-2565415Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Gralladina Fran GrapesRare10-408630Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
Pomelo TreeRare15-60(?)650Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes
TrufflesRare42-1685430Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.
Burger PlantSpecial16-648415Outstandingly Rare Opportunity - See link.
Cheese PlantSpecial5-207415Uncommonly Good Opportunity - See link.
Death FlowerSpecialno value1041See Finding Special Seeds. Prevents accidental death when in inventory in an exchange with the Grim Reaper.
Egg PlantSpecial7-287415Uncommonly Good Opportunity - See link.
Forbidden FruitSpecial-441Requires University Life
Flame FruitSpecial18-7210620See Finding Special Seeds. Gives a cozy fire +5 moodlet when in inventory. Used for baked angel food cake cooking recipe.
Life Fruit PlantSpecial25-10010612See Finding Special Seeds. Life Fruit are the second best fertilizer. Reduces age by 1 day when eaten. Used to make Ambrosia
Money TreeSpecial100-800129Nigh InfiniteSee Finding Special Seeds. Spawns a new seed as the tree gradually evolves to perfect quality.
Omni PlantSpecialvariable(?)(?)-Requires completion of The Omnificent Plant Opportunity. Seeds are then ordered from the mailbox. Can grow books, fish and other objects you use as fertilizer. Thus the variable income. I recommend high dollar books as the best crop.
Plasma FruitSpecial30-1201292Requires Late Night, this is a way for vampires to satisfy thirst without feeding on Sims
Steak PlantSpecial20-808415Outstandingly Rare Opportunity - See link.

Plants New to The Sims 3 via Expansions

World Adventures Plants

Champs Les Sims, France is the single best place to head to find the new plants in World Adventures. One trip there and you'll have all of them except the cherry tree. Cherimola and Renoit grapes can be purchased at the general store. Look to the house along the dirt road up the river from the base camp to find two other varieties. The rare grapes can be found from the special vendor at VISA level 3. They can also be found on the little island in the river. You can get there by using Zeneport, cheating or by going through the tomb located in the image below. It's quite a big one, but you can also find some valuable collectibles on the island and find plenty of treasure along the way. Smashing the rocks requires Pangu's Axe, which is only obtainable in China. If you're out to get this I have to recommend Martial Arts as the easiest way short of cheating, because a single trip to China may not be enough to get the axe but it's plenty of time to grab a skill book or training dummy for use in between trips.

The entrance to the little island in france in the Sims 3 World adventures

You can find other countries' rare plants in the garden of the house in the shot below. Pomelos, Plums and Pomegranates can all be picked here. Thanks to Pam Marsden for this helpful map which saves me the time describing how to find this house!

House with pomegranates plums and pomelos in the Sims 3 World Adventures' france.

The next place I'd like to mention is Shang Simla, China. A trip here to learn Martial Arts and picking up cherries is all you need to do to get yourself access to all the new plants in World Adventures. The marketplace here sells Plums and Pomelos, while Cherries and Pomelos can be harvested wild from Han's Orchard.

Al Simhara, Egypt is the last place to look for the new plants. The first two are so good you'll likely only be interested in harvesting here if you're already travelling there. Pomegranates and Cherries are sold at the general goods vendor, while Pomelos and Pomegranates are harvested wild across the river at the farm to the Sphinx's left.

The Sims 3 Late Night Plants

The Sims 3 Late Night only adds one new type of plant to the game: The Plasma Fruit Plant. Plasma fruit are important to Vampires, as they serve as a way to satisfy their thirst for plasma. They require level 7 gardening to plant, as they are of the special variety. Several Plasma Fruit are given to a Sim who has recently turned to a vampire. If they're a gardener, they can plant them at gardening level 7. Plasma Fruit can also be purchased in the supermarket in town. They can be used in recipes and for Nectar Making. You may also consider stocking a bar with them to make Plasma Fruit mixed drinks. Plasma Fruit can satisfy a Vampire Sim's need to feed, but they won't get a good moodlet unless they're Vegetarians. Using Plasma Fruit in Nectar or Drinks from Mixology will give Vampires better moodlets.

You can find the new seeds in Bridgeport's Butterfly Pavilion Dome. The seeds will glow red, and are worth about $50 a pop, so should be picked up even if you aren't interested in planting them.

The Sims 3 Pets and Showtime

These expansions bring one plant each. Pets brings the uncommon Carrot, and Showtime the Banana Tree. Bananas offer the single highest Gardening skill experience boost when planted, and are the easiest way to level from 7-10 Gardening.

The Sims 3 Supernatural

The Sims 3 Supernatural Plants

Supernatural is similar to World Adventures in bringing a lot more plants to the Gardening skill. The following are added to the game. Each can be found out in the world, in seed form, and randomly available at the new Alchemy consignment shop in town.

Common: Mandrake, Porcinis, Red Toadstools, Red Valerian Root, White Caps, Wolfsbane
Uncommon: Mycenas, Spotlight Mushrooms
Rare: Ghost Chili, Glow Orbs, Truffles

Ricalynn, one of our Forum Moderators and frequent contributor posted the following list to aid players in finding these new plants in Moonlight Falls. To contribute to the list head here:

Aleister's Elixirs & Sundries - Ghost Chili, Lime, Spotlight Mushroom (Bees & Jelly Beans)
Bloom Institute of Wellness - Bell Pepper, Garlic, Potato
Commonwealth Court - Lettuce, Mandrake
Eerie Park - Bell Pepper, Porcinis, White Caps
Everglow Academy & Coliseum - Lettuce, Red Toadstools, Red Valerian
Fae Ray Arboretum - Apple, Garlic, Life Fruit, Porcinis, Flame Fruit Bush (Bees)
Gypsy Wagon - Apple, Mycenas, White Caps
H Two the O Indoor Pool - Onion, Tomato
Hallowed Grounds Cemetery - Death Flower, Ghost Chili, Grapes
La Shove Beach - Mycenas, Onion, Wolfsbane
Library of Lore & Vault of Antiquity - Onion, Red Toadstools
Moonlight Falls Historical Society & Museum - Ghost Chili, Potato
Moonlight Point - Mandrake, Potato, Truffles
Stone Troll Fishing Hole - Mandrake, Onion, Potato
That Old Fishing Hole - Apple, Red Valerian, Tomato
Varg's Tavern - Garlic, Ghost Chili, White Caps, Wolfsbane
Zoomsweeper Test Track - Grapes, Red Valerian, Watermelon

The Sims 3 University Life

Herbs and Coffee Beans in The Sims 3 University Life

The Sims 3 University Life adds Coffee Beans and Herbs which can be planted and harvested with Gardening just like other plants. The plants and their growth times are listed in the master list above, but here we will discuss the special effects of these new plant additions.

Eating these raw with a normal plant will give you an hour buff, cooking it in food will give a 5 hour buff, drinking 3 hours, and inhaling from the bonfire 2 hours. Higher quality plants give longer boosts, multiplying the duration by up to 2.5 for Perfect, while poor-quality plants will give less.

Upon ingesting these plants, there is a chance for Nausea - giving no positive effect, only making a Sim sick. Plant Quality affects this chance.

UL Plant Effects

Here is a list of all new Herbs and Coffee Beans and their effects:

University Life Herbs

Basil - Get 10% more from Opportunities, 20% better promotion bonuses, and 5% faster career gains
Bumbleleaf - Makes a Sim immune to fire and won't get caught tagging walls (street art) or cheating on tests
Buzzberry - 15% faster Athletic Skill gains
Chamomile - Gain influence with social groups 15% faster
Cinnamon - increases romantic interaction success, and cooking it in a group meal will allow cinnamon kisses and woohoo interactions
Ginseng - Gives a Sim a buzz so they will not crash when energy is low.
Greenleaf - Causes Sims to lose weight 20% faster
Lavender - Regenerate energy 10% faster when sleeping, may reduce energy drop rate
Licorice - Makes hunger motive decay 30% slower.
Peppermint - Tastes great, low chance of nausea
Sweetgrass - Gets rid of Buzz Crash moodlet after coffee and energy drinks, low rate of nausea
Wonderpetal - Makes Sims study 10% faster, increases University performance

University Life Coffee Beans

Cortado Bean - Reduces Bladder need decay
Kona Bean - Gives Sims Energy, no crash
Maui Bean - Gives Sims Energy, no crash
Midnight Bean - Boosts success playing games
Red Berry Bean - Slows Hygeine decay



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Tamala says...
This might be a good place to ask about the planter boxes. My sims all started to want planter boxes when I started my garden but I cant find them. Also, whats the benifit?
10th September 2012 1:59am
SimpleGnome says...
You'll find them under decorations, plants.
In buy/build mode you can grab your grown plants and place them in a box, which lets you grow plants indoors!
Very nice if you only have a few plants, and your house needs more decorative plants.
10th September 2012 8:25am
Cris says...
The planter boxes can be found in the decor section of buy mode. the benefit is that you can keep the plant indoors safe from zombies or wild/stray animals eating it. Hope that helps :)
10th September 2012 4:58pm
Erica says...
the easiest way i found to keep zombies from my garden is to buid a fence then simply lock the gate. that way you can have all your plants outside nice and safe.
6th June 2013 5:23am
Rebecca says...
Now that they added swimming with seasons, you can swim to the small island in France to grab those rare grapes without cheating.
3rd December 2012 7:14pm
Kwanele says...
Please add the Forbidden Fruit and how long it take for to be harvested

Thank You!

12th May 2013 2:34pm
Emle says...
thanks so much for the list, but I did notice that you left pumpkins off. Any reason why?, and are there any other plants that were left off? I'm trying to grow everything I can.
31st July 2013 12:25pm
Blackrosea says...
Hi Carl, I noticed on the Kona Bean, it will give a crash moodlet after the buzz moodlet wears off.
31st December 2013 3:48pm
angellouise says...
I find a lot of special seed at the Captains Refuge on Sims 3 Pets for the PS3...... One thing you should add to the chart, is what level of gardening you have to be before you can plant them. That would be a nice helper. =)
30th November 2013 11:40am
Meaghan says...
You can now grow oranges also.
15th November 2013 7:18pm
Mykael says...
Bananas show up as rare in my game (all expansions to date), not uncommon.
25th July 2013 4:13am
Blake says...
That chart indicates that there's absolutely no point whatsoever in fertilizing 26 types of plants, since they already grow in 4 days.

And another 7 that can have 1 day decreased with perfect life fruit, and lesser fertilizer may not make a difference for them too.

My new rule of thumb will be to not bother fertilizing any but the 7+ day plants: all grapes, all trees except apple, all Special plants, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Onion, Potato and Watermelon.
24th February 2014 8:43pm
Sheena says...
Your list does not seem to have any of the beans or herbs that came with University Life on it.
Admin:
I'm sorry I didn't get to them in a timely manner.. I've slowed down a bit lately. The last year has been pretty crazy for me. I'm returning to update the guide before Summer hits but taking a break from things to enjoy life for now. 
9th May 2013 2:42pm
zanne says...
As Rob pointed out, you can now get Purple Eggplant and Lemon Tree from the Al Fresco Street Market venue from the Sims 3 Store.

You can get the Orange Tree from the Grandpa's Grove venue from the Sims 3 Store.

Blackberry, Blueberry, Cocoa, Peach, Pear, Pecan, Raspberry, and Strawberry plants/trees are all available from Bohemian Garden Set from Sims 3 Store.
15th April 2014 9:36am
kat says...
I have Glow Orbs growing in my garden, but once they become harvestable they disappear. I've even waited for a full moon hoping they would pop up, but nothing happened. Is there some trick to harvesting them?
2nd June 2013 5:21pm
Cordane says...
Al Fresco Street Market has Eggplant and Lemon.
18th April 2013 10:50pm
T says...
Hey could you add a list of new plants from seasons?
17th December 2012 3:29am
Teline says...
I got the new plants in buydebug mode, put them in my garden, but they don't grow. What do I do?
12th September 2012 1:19am
Karen says...
If you are playing another city, and not the new one, are the new plants also scattered around or are they only in the new city?
12th September 2012 7:46pm
Lala says...
EA decided that plants aren't part of a lot, so even if the rest of the lot is available, the plants won't be unless you're in the new town.
15th June 2013 2:01pm
Amber says...
i cant place any plants in my planter box? Am i doing something wrong?
14th September 2012 2:47pm
Emmanuel says...
Yeah it's hard. I've been able to put a fruit once inside a pot by moving it a lot around but just found out that it's A LOT easier of you just plant it outside then in buy/build move, to move the plant inside the pot.
20th September 2012 4:36am
Simhead says...
Have the fruit/seed inside your Sim's inventory then click on it and select "plant". Next, choose the location of where you want to plant it (inside the planter). Just make sure that the planter is facing an appropriate direction and is not blocked by other objects. :)
20th September 2012 7:10pm
Gareth says...
It's easy all you do is drag it.
13th October 2012 6:38am
Melinda says...
I think you're missing the spotlight mushrooms from the plant list, though it's listed below the list with the other new plants from Supernatural.
29th September 2012 2:09am
Carl says...
Thanks, added them just now!
29th September 2012 4:39pm
Clint says...
Has something happened to the grapes? Per the table above, (and my memory) the grapes were grouped as follows:

Common: Cherimola Blan and Renoit
Uncommon: Avornalino and Meloire
Rare: Gralladina Fran and Cranerlet Nuala.

Now they are:
Common: Avornalino and Gralladina Fran
Uncommon: Cherimola Blan and Cranerlet Nuala
Rare: Renoit and Meloire

This info is pulled directly from multiple gameplaydata files in the game directory (not the document folder).

Did I miss something, or was there just an unannounced random change?
4th October 2012 12:03am
Rian says...
Uh, do you need Supernatural for planter boxes?
22nd October 2012 12:56am
Armin says...
Hi I had a problem ordering omni plant seeds from mail box,when my sim stands infront of the mailbox to order them the interaction icon disappears and nothing happens I tried this in sunset valley,twinbrook and moonlight falls but the same thing happens again and again.
10th November 2012 4:19pm
Mariana from Brazil says...
I have the same problem as Armin with omniplant! I can't take the seed from the mailbox and all my bills to pay stay stuck in my inventory. Does someone knows how to fix it?
Admin:
The bills in inventory is a glitch that has not been fixed. It has to do with a love letter glitch. OmniSeeds can be ordered from the mailbox. Start the action and before your Sim reached the mailbox, cancel it. That sim should receive seeds in the mail the next day. Unless you're talking about the stuck Omniplant boxes in inventory, that was also a glitch but was taken care of with the 1.50 patch.
26th June 2013 4:27pm
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