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A crop is any plant that can be placed on a farm, raised to maturity, and harvested for resources. Crops can be purchased from Seed Merchants or Sapling Merchants, as well as discovered in the wild. The tending, watering, and harvesting of crops increases a character’s Gathering and Farming proficiencies, while chopping down trees increases Carpentry.
The Different Crop Lifecycles
All crops go through several stages on their way to maturity. They may also fall into various states of neglect if they are not harvested in time. These stages are listed below:
- Small (Tree Name) Sapling: This is the first stage of a tree’s growth. During this stage, the tree can be uprooted. This will destroy the tree, but has a chance to result in a sapling. Trees cannot be watered to speed up their growth.
- (Tree Name) Sapling: During this stage, the tree can be uprooted. This will destroy the tree, but has a chance to result in a sapling.
- Young (Tree Name): During this stage, the tree can be uprooted. This will destroy the tree, but has a chance to result in a sapling.
- (Tree Name): This is the mature stage of the tree. Starting at this stage, it can be chopped down for lumber.
- Old/Fruited (Tree Name): This is the resource-bearing stage of the tree. At this stage, Fruited trees can be gathered for fruits and/or nuts, and Old trees can be thinned for bark, leaves, and a small chance of lumber. Gathering/thinning a tree at this stage will immediately return it to the (Tree Name) stage.
- Dying (Tree Name): Fruited trees that have been gathered from multiple times have a chance to enter the Dying state. The next time it is gathered from (or chopped down) a Dying tree will disappear.
- Nonnative (Tree Name): A nonnative tree grows slower, and produces less resources when gathered from or chopped down.
Smaller Plant Lifecycle
- (Crop Name) Seedling: This is the first stage for non-tree crops. At this stage, they can be watered to immediately progress to the Small (Crop Name) state. Uprooting at this stage destroys the crop.
- Small (Crop Name): At this stage, crops can no longer be watered. Uprooting at this stage destroys the crop. Once enough time passes, the crop will enter the (Crop Name) state if it is growing in its native climate, or the Mature (Crop Name) state if it is growing in its nonnative climate.
- (Crop Name): This is the mature stage of a crop in its native climate. At this point, it may be gathered for resources. If left alone for too long, it has a chance to enter the Spoiled state.
- Mature (Crop Name): A crop that is growing in a nonnative climate will grow slower, and eventually become a Mature (Crop Name). The crop must be gathered during this stage, or it will disappear.
- Spoiled (Crop Name): A crop that has matured and not been gathered has a chance to enter the Spoiled state. Once Spoiled, the crop cannot be gathered until it is cured using Fertilizer.
Crops on Public Land
If crops are planted on public land, they legally belong to the planter for 24 hours. During that time, it is considered a crime to take them. After 24 hours, a crop on public land is considered public property, and can be taken/gathered/harvested by anyone without earning crime points.
Certain crops cannot be bought from merchants, and can only be found in the wild. These crops have a chance to produce Seeds or Saplings when harvested, allowing a player to grow them on his or her property.