Carl's The Sims 3 Gardening Guide: Seed/Plant List
Plants in University Life, World Adventures, and Other Expansion Packs
|How to Garden||Find Seeds||Fertilizer|
|Plant Quality||Plant List||Omni 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.
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 Name||Rarity||Harvest Value||Growth Time:|
Perfect Life Fruit
|Max Harvestable Produce||Special Notes|
|Apple Tree||Common||4-16||4||4||40||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Basil||Common||15-60||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Cherimola Blan Grapes||Common||4-16||8||4||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Cortado Bean||Common||20-80||4||4||20||Requires University Life|
|Ginseng||Common||13-52||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Grapevine||Common||4-16||8||4||15||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Kona Bean||Common||9-36||4||4||20||Requires University Life|
|Lettuce Plant||Common||3-12||4||4||15||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Mandrake||Common||6-24||4||4||20||Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.|
|Maui Bean||Common||11-44||4||4||20||Requires University Life|
|Midnight Bean||Common||12-48||4||4||20||Requires University Life|
|Peppermint||Common||12-48||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Porcinis||Common||10-40||5||4||30||Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.|
|Red Berry Bean||Common||50-200||4||4||20||Requires University Life|
|Red Toadstools||Common||20-80||5||4||30||Requires Supernatural. May be bought at Alchemy store or found growing in the world. See Footnotes for Plant Locations.|
|Red Valerian Root||Common||6-24||4||4||20|
|Renoit Grapes||Common||4-16||8||4||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Tomato Plant||Common||3-12||4||4||20||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Avornalino Grapes||Uncommon||7-28||8||5||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Banana Tree||Uncommon||7-28||8||4||50||Banana Trees are available with The Sims 3 Showtime EP|
|Buzzberry||Uncommon||18-72||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Carrot||Uncommon||7-28||4||4||20||Carrots come with the Pets EP|
|Cinnamon||Uncommon||16-64||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Greenleaf||Uncommon||19-76||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Lavender||Uncommon||17-68||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Licorice||Uncommon||13-52||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Lime Tree||Uncommon||9-36||8||4||40||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Onion||Uncommon||7-28||10||4||25||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Meloire Grapes||Uncommon||8-32||8||4||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Plum Tree||Uncommon||7-28||8||50||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Pomegranate Tree||Uncommon||8-32||8||4||50||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Potato||Uncommon||7-28||8||4||15||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Sweet Grass||Uncommon||9-36||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Watermelon||Uncommon||9-36||8||4||10||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Wonderpetal||Uncommon||12-48||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Bell Pepper||Rare||12-48||14||8||15||Find seeds or wild plants in the world or purchase from the Supermarket.|
|Bumbleleaf||Rare||26-104||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Chamomile||Rare||29-116||4||4||15||Requires University Life|
|Cherry Tree||Rare||12-48||11||6||50||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Cranerlet Nuala Grapes||Rare||13-52||11||8||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Garlic||Rare||15-60||15||8||30||Find 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.|
|Gralladina Fran Grapes||Rare||10-40||8||6||30||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Pomelo Tree||Rare||15-60||(?)||6||50||Requires World Adventures. See Footnotes|
|Burger Plant||Special||16-64||8||4||15||Outstandingly Rare Opportunity - See link.|
|Cheese Plant||Special||5-20||7||4||15||Uncommonly Good Opportunity - See link.|
|Death Flower||Special||no value||10||4||1||See Finding Special Seeds. Prevents accidental death when in inventory in an exchange with the Grim Reaper.|
|Egg Plant||Special||7-28||7||4||15||Uncommonly Good Opportunity - See link.|
|Forbidden Fruit||Special||-||4||4||1||Requires University Life|
|Flame Fruit||Special||18-72||10||6||20||See Finding Special Seeds. Gives a cozy fire +5 moodlet when in inventory. Used for baked angel food cake cooking recipe.|
|Life Fruit Plant||Special||25-100||10||6||12||See Finding Special Seeds. Life Fruit are the second best fertilizer. Reduces age by 1 day when eaten. Used to make Ambrosia|
|Money Tree||Special||100-800||12||9||Nigh Infinite||See Finding Special Seeds. Spawns a new seed as the tree gradually evolves to perfect quality.|
|Omni Plant||Special||variable||(?)||(?)||-||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 Fruit||Special||30-120||12||9||2||Requires Late Night, this is a way for vampires to satisfy thirst without feeding on Sims|
|Steak Plant||Special||20-80||8||4||15||Outstandingly 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.
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!
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
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
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 EffectsHere 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
|How to Garden||Find Seeds||Fertilizer|
|Plant Quality||Plant List||Omni Plant, Steaks, and more|
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I just wanted to point out that with the flame fruit, the max harvest value is 720, not 72 :)