Gardening Guide

Just like Crafting, Gardening is fun and interesting. Unfortunately it is only available in a Free Company (FC) Estate. Not many players have the access to the gardening right now. Hopefully SE will release personal house to allow more players having fun with gardening.

Gardening Basics

Why Gardening?

Gardening is fun and interesting. There are many items such as Chocobo Foods, minions and Glazenut can only obtained from Gardening.

Requirements

In order to garden, you will need to have FC Housing and a Gardening Patch. Gardening Patches can be purchased from Housing Merchant or Junkmongle. There are 3 types of patches: Round (4 beds), Oblong (6 beds) and Deluxe (8 beds) garden patch. Small, Medium and Large House can hold 1, 2 and 3 patches respectively. Obviously, you should buy the Deluxe patch that costs 48k Gil.

Plant and Harvesting

To plant a seed, you need a Seed and a Soil. Seeds are gathered by Botanists and Soils are gathered by Miners. It is important to know that some seeds can only be obtained through Crossbreeding which will be discussed later.

It takes about estimated 3 to 5 days to grow a seed. During the period, you will need to Tend (water) the plant once every 24 hours. You can also fertilize the plant once a hour to speed up the grow by a hour (estimated). Fertilizer (i.e. Fishmeal can be crafted by Culinarian (Lvl 5) or purchased from Material Suppliers.

Once the plant is fully grown, you will need to Harvest the plant. Do not forget to Harvest!!

Seeds Gathering

Most seeds can be gathered from Botanists from the nodes where you can gather the corresponding fruits/nuts/vegetables. For example, Chamomile seeds can be gathered from Upper La Noscea (14, 25) where the Chamomile is. However, they are considered as Rare which means they will not always spawn and disappear after a successful attend. Some seeds can be purchased from vendors. For example, Krakka Root seed can be purchased from Material Suppliers in Housing District. There are also 3 seeds only available from Unspoiled nodes:

  • Honey Lemon: Eastern La Noscea 5am (slot 1)
  • Prickly Pineapple: Eastern La Noscea 9am (slot 1)
  • Dzemael Tomato: Eastern La Noscea 1pm (slot 1)

Soils

There are 3 types soils and each type has 3 grades. There is no reason to use lower grade soil unless you cannot gather the Grade 3 soils. Grade 3 soils can be gathered by a Level 50 Miner with 370 Gathering. Thanalan Soil is the most useful soil that promotes crossbreeding.

  • Grade 3 Thanalan Topsoil: Western Thanalan 5am (slot 8)
  • Grade 3 Shroud Topsoil: Shroud Soils increase garden yield. South Shroud 6am (slot 8)
  • Grade 3 La Noscean Topsoil: La Noscean Soils increase garden quality. Middle La Noscea 7pm (slot 8)

Crossbreeding

In face, Gardening is about Crossbreeding. Many seeds (e.g. Glazenut) cannot be obtained through gathering. They are only obtained through crossbreeding. Crossingbreeding is to plant different seeds adjacently in same beds. In some cases, it requires multiple level crossbreeding to obtain a rare seeds. The most efficient way of crossbreeding to plant 2 seeds alternatively in deluxe patch:

crossbreeding-1

Of course, this is just an example. There are exceptions depending on the situations. Please note that crossbreeding is not guaranteed. The higher grade of Thanalan will have more chance of crossbreeding. For this reason, only Grade 3 Thanalan Topsoil should be used.

Gardening Example (Glazenut)

There are many ways of crossbreeding a rare seed. In this section, we will show you an example of producing Glazenut and introduce the concept of looping. Glazenut can be produced from a 4-level crossbreeding process.

  • Level 1: Honey Lemon + Prickly Pineapple = Apricot Kernal
  • Level 2: Apricot Kernal + Honey Lemon = Royal Kukuru
  • Level 3: Apricot Kernal + Royal Kukuru = Glazenut
  • Level 4: Once you obtained Glazenut seeds. You may simply grow it and harvest the Glazenut. As the whole process took about 3 to 4 weeks, it is not efficient. Fortunately, there is a loop the process. i.e Glazenut + Apricot Kernal will produce Glazenut seeds as well.
Honey Lemon Prickly Pineapple Honey Lemon
Prickly Pineapple Scarecrow Prickly Pineapple
Honey Lemon Prickly Pineapple Honey Lemon

The above should produce 3 to 6 Apricot Kernal seeds

Prickly Pineapple Honey Lemon Apricot Kernal
Honey Lemon Scarecrow Prickly Pineapple
Apricot Kernal Prickly Pineapple Honey Lemon

As we will need more Apricot Kernal seeds later, we use this layout to produce both Royal Kukuru and Apricot Kernal seeds.

Royal Kukuru Apricot Kernal Royal Kukuru
Apricot Kernal Scarecrow Apricot Kernal
Royal Kukuru Apricot Kernal Royal Kukuru

This will give you Glazenut seeds

Glazenut Apricot Kernal Glazenut
Apricot Kernal Scarecrow Apricot Kernal
Glazenut Apricot Kernal Glazenut

Finally, we harvested Glazenut and at the same time, Glezenut seeds. If you need more Apricot Kernal, you can simply use the Level 1 process. If you run out of Glazenut seeds, the process has to start over again.

Gardening Example (Broombush)

  • Level 1: Mandrake + Linseed (Flax) = Azeyma Rose
  • Level 2: Azemya Rose + Chamomile = Halone Gerbera
  • Level 3: Halone Gerbera + Almond = Broombush
  • Level 4 (Loop): Broombush + Almond = Broombush

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