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OSRS Efficient farming Guide 1-99

April 13, 2020, 20:37


Old School RuneScape Farming Guide

Farming skill in Old School RuneScape is probably the most peculiar - it‘s probably closest to reality. You need to plant crops and watch them grow into full-fledged plants that bear sweet fruit. Farming also differs from other skills in OSRS as it is mostly AFK. Being an AFK skill it requires patience as you will not see your Farming levels shooting up. Instead, it requires you to make regular Farming runs to plant seeds and harvest crops. Think of each of these runs as of harvesting season. Like in reality, you need to know a lot about various plants and what species of plants to sow and that’s what we’ll cover today.

Farming Basics

The first thing to know about Farming is that there are places called Farming patches. You cannot simply drop your seeds anywhere on the ground and expect them to take root. You must sow your crops in designated locations. Furthermore, there is another layer of selection as Farming patches are dedicated to specific species of crops. You unlock more and more of these Farming patches with time and you can already see that to be extremely efficient at training Farming you will need to have access to many locations and teleportation methods. The upside is that in some cases various Farming patches are grouped in little clusters.

Plant Types

Another thing to know is that plants come in different types: Normal trees, Fruit trees, Bushes, Hops, Vegetables, Flowers, Allotments, Herbs, and special plants. Each species of plants has a different seed that can be planted in their specific Farming patches. Trees need to be grown into Saplings first before putting them in the ground.

Seeds

There are lots of Seed types in the game. Your Farming level defines what Seeds you can plant into Farming patches. Seeds cannot be planted just into any Farming patch as well.      
Seeds can be received in a variety of ways, the most reliable being emptying Bird house traps with Hunter skill and acquiring Bird nests.

Saplings

Saplings are an intermediate stage between a Seed and a Tree. You need an Empty plant pot and fill it with soil from any Farming patch by using a Gardening trowel. Tree Seeds must be planted into a Filled plant pot using a Trowel and then watered using a Watering can on a Filled plant pot. You will know that the Sapling is watered from a “w” appearing at the end of its name. A Sapling takes around 5 minutes to become mature enough to be planted outdoors. Normal Trees that grow from Saplings can be manually chopped down or you can pay the Farmer 200 coins to do it for you and focus on Farming training.

Diseased Plants

Plants, just like animals, can get sick. When you plant your crops and they grow, they can catch a disease. If this happens, you need to take care of the plant yourself or pay a nearby NPC to take care of your plants for you. You can cure diseased plants by using Plant cure potion on them. These can be bought from Farming shops for 40 coins or a farmer at the Farming patch for 25 coins. An alternative way of ridding your plants of disease is to use Cure Plant spell from Lunar spellbook. It requires level 66 Magic to cast 8 Earth runes and 1 Astral rune. It is worth choosing Cure Plant spell over Plant cure potion only if using Earth staff.

Dead Plants

If your plants can catch a disease then they can die as well. Dead plants cannot be cured but you can attempt to revive them (we are not entirely sure that this does not count as necromancy). This is done with the Resurrect Crops spell from Arceuus spellbook. The spell requires level 78 Magic and lots of runes: 25 Earth runes, 8 Blood runes, 12 Nature runes, and 8 Spirit runes. The chance of raising your dear plant back from the dead depends on your Magic level. At level 78 Magic this chance is 50% and scales up to 75% at level 99 Magic. To avoid having to use this costly spell in the first place, you can pay NPC‘s to protect your plants or monitor them with Amulet of nature. The amulet can only be bound to a single Farming patch. Use Resurrect Crops spell only on expensive crops.

Farming Patches

As was mentioned before, Farming patches are scattered all around Gielinor. Only specific types of Plants can be planted into specific Farming patches. Note that you will need to do a lot of teleporting, so training Farming on fresh accounts can be extremely difficult, if not impossible when considering the costs at high Farming level. To remember which Farming patches you already used come up with a seeding/harvesting system or simply visit them one by one in a circular route.

Farming Tools

While in theory the potion and spells mentioned above could be listed under this category, we’re talking about more down-to-earth stuff. Farming tools can be bought from any Farming shop and they all have their specific uses.

Rake

Used for getting rid of weeds in a plot.

Spade

The most useful Farming tool. Used for harvesting crops, clearing away dead plants and removing plant roots and bushes.

Watering can

Used for watering plants, which prevents disease during the watered growth cycle. Also used to water tree seedlings.

Seed dibber

Used for planting seeds in a plot.

Gardening trowel

Used to fill plant pots with soil, as well as planting tree seeds in plant pots to grow saplings.

Secateurs
Magic secateurs

Used for cutting away diseased leaves from trees and bushes.

Magic secateurs increase most variable yields when worn.

Basket

Used for storing up to 5 pieces of fruit (Tomatoes, Strawberries, Oranges, Apples, Bananas).

Empty sack

Used for storing up to 10 vegetables (Potatoes, Cabbages, Onions).

Empty plant pot

Most often leftover after planting a sapling in a tree or fruit tree patch; needs to be refilled before use.

Filled plant pot

Used along with a trowel to plant tree seeds, which, when watered, produce tree saplings that may then be planted in patches.

 

Tool Leprechauns are very useful little helpers. They are found at any Farming patch and can take in your tools for safekeeping. What’s more, they all share their storage, so you can leave your tools with one Leprechaun and get them from another. Additionally, Tool Leprechauns can note your herbs and some other produce.

 

 

Compost

Fertilizing your plants is extremely important for them to be healthy and yield fruit. For that, you will need to use the Compost bin quite a bit. There are three types of Compost: Compost (regular), Supercompost, and Ultracompost.               
Compost can be created by putting Farming produce into Compost bins. Compost bin then must be closed and left alone for 60 minutes for the produce to rot and turn into Compost. A single batch yields 15 Buckets of Compost. If you are impatient you can also buy it from some Farming shops. Compost reduces the chance of Plants becoming diseased by 50% and increases both minimum and maximum yield.

Supercompost

Supercompost can be obtained in a few ways. First, like with the regular Compost, you must put the necessary produce into Compost bins found near Allotment patches. Supercompost is called “super” for its effects and not the time it takes for it to form as it takes 90 minutes or 1.5 times longer than the regular Compost.            
It is also possible to use a Compost potion on a full Compost bin to turn the whole batch into Supercompost or on a single bucket of Compost that is already in your inventory (but why would you do that?).              
Supercompost can also be purchased for points rewarded from the Tithe Farm.  
Fertile Soil spell from the Lunar spellbook can apply the same effect on a Farming patch as Supercompost.
Supercompost reduces the risk of your plants catching a disease by about 86% and just as Compost, it increases the minimum and maximum produce yield.

Ultracompost

Last, but not least we have Ultracompost. Ultracompost is a version of Compost that is on steroids. Ultracompost can be obtained by fertilizing a Compost bin filled with Supercompost with 25 units of Volcanic ash or 50 when dealing with Big compost bin. You can also add 2 Volcanic ash to a single bucket of Supercompost to turn it into Ultracompost, though that is not economical. 
As with Supercompost, there is a Magic alternative. Fertile soil spell from Lunar spellbook can be used on a Farming patch to apply the effect of Ultracompost. Note that you need to have 2 Volcanic ash in your inventory for the spell to work.   
Ultracompost reduces the chance of your plants getting sick by a whopping 90% and increases the minimum and maximum crop yields more than Supercompost does.

 

Farmer’s Outfit

Farmer’s outfit is extremely handy. It can be purchased from the Tithe farm minigame shop. The complete set provides a 2.5% increase to Farming XP gains (2% from separate pieces + 0.5% set bonus), therefore it is recommended to get it as soon as possible. Obtaining it at high Farming level might be pointless. If you decide on getting it, first purchase Torso (0.8%), then Legs (0.6%), followed by Hat (0.4%) and leave the Boots (0.2%) for last.

 

 

Farming Guild

The Farming Guild is a place any competent farmer should visit. Like other artisan guilds, it provides various bonuses. Farming Guild contains additional Farming patches that can be used to gain more XP. Farming Guild has a caste system of sorts: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each section has its own Farming level requirement which is level 45 Farming, 65 and 85 respectively. Each section unlocks more Farming patches to be exploited by a rising agriculturalist such as yourself.             
To enter Farming Guild you must have the minimum Farming level of 45 and 65% Hosidius favor. The guild also contains Farming patches that are unique to it: Anima, Celestrus, Redwood, and Hespori patch.

 

Quests that Reward Farming Experience

Quest

Experience

Other requirements

Level

Recipe for Disaster

(Goblin generals subquest)

1,000

-

-

Enlightened Journey

3,000

36 Crafting
20 FIremaking
20 Quest Points

30

Fairytale I - Growing Pains

3,500

-

-

Grim Tales

4,000

59 Agility
52 Herblore
58 Thieving
71 Woodcutting

45

Forgettable Tale...

5,000

22 Cooking

17

Garden of Tranquillity

5,000

-

25

My Arm's Big Adventure

5,000

10 Woodcutting

29

Rum Deal

7,000

42 Crafting
50 Fishing
47 Prayer
42 Slayer

40

Song of the Elves

20,000

70 Agility
70 Construction
70 Herblore
70 Hunter
70 Mining
70 Smithing
70 Woodcutting

70

 

Quests that Require Farming

Quest

Level

Forgettable Tale...

17

Garden of Tranquility    

25

My Arm's Big Adventure

29

Enlightened Journey

30

Rum Deal

40

Grim Tales

45

Fairytale II - Cure a Queen

49

Song of the Elves

70

 

Diaries that Require Farming

Difficulty

Diary

Task

Level

Easy

Kandarin

Plant Jute seeds in the farming patch north of McGrubor's Wood.

13

Easy

Morytania

Place a Scarecrow in the Morytania Flower (patch).

23

Medium

Ardougne

Harvest some strawberries from the Ardougne farming patch.

31

Medium

Falador

Place a Scarecrow in the Falador farm flower patch.

23/47

Medium

Kandarin

Pick some limpwurt root from the farming patch in Catherby.

26

Medium

Karamja

Grow a healthy fruit tree in the patch near Brimhaven.

27

Medium

Kourend & Kebos

Enter the Farming Guild.

45

Medium

Varrock

Pick a white tree fruit.

25

Hard

Ardougne

Check the health of a palm tree near Tree Gnome Village (not in Gnome Stronghold).

68

Hard

Ardougne

Pick some poison ivy berries from the patch south of East Ardougne (Near the Ardougne Monastery).

70

Hard

Kourend & Kebos

Plant some Logavano seeds at the Tithe Farm.

74

Hard

Morytania

Pick some belladonna from the farming patch at Draynor Manor.

63

Hard

Morytania

Harvest some watermelon from the allotment patch on Harmony Island.

47

Hard

Morytania

Harvest some Bittercap mushrooms from the patch in Canifis.

53

Hard

Varrock

Collect at least 2 yew roots from the tree patch in Varrock Palace. (If boosting, make sure to boost when digging up the yew tree, not when planting!)

68

Hard

Western Provinces

Check the health of your palm tree in Lletya

68

Elite

Ardougne

Pick some torstol from the patch north of East Ardougne.

85

Elite

Falador

Find at least 3 magic roots at once when digging up your magic tree in Falador.

91

Elite

Kandarin

Pick some dwarf weed from the herb patch at Catherby.

79

Elite

Karamja

Check the health of a palm tree in Brimhaven.

68

Elite

Karamja

Check the health of your Calquat tree patch.

72

Elite

Kourend & Kebos

Chop some redwood logs.

-/90

Elite

Kourend & Kebos

Create your own battlestaff from scratch within the Farming Guild.

85

Elite

Western Provinces

Have Prissy Scilla protect your magic tree.

75

 

Farming Leveling

To level up Farming efficiently you should stick to planting various Trees. They take time to mature thus you can spend this time doing other things. This method of Farming training while efficient is also costly at high Farming levels, so make sure to buy OSRS gold if your bank account is depleted.
Make sure to pay the Gardener a 200 coin fee so he will cut down the Trees for you and all that you need to do is click on the Tree to receive Farming XP. Don’t forget to pay protection money.            
Last, but not least, for fast Farming training you should buy items on the Grand Exchange and note items needed as protection payment to save inventory space. You will also need to teleport a lot, so make sure to unlock all available teleports or use the closest ones you have to particular Farming patches.

Tree Patches

Fruit Tree Patches

Level 1-17 Farming

As with other OSRS skills, some quests grant skill XP. Farming is no exception. You should complete the Fairytale Part 1 quest before you begin Farming. Not only will you receive 3,500 XP that will boost you straight to level 17 Farming, but also Magic secateurs. Magic secateurs are incredibly useful when using Herb patches, Allotment patches, farming grapevines, and hops.

Level 17-27 Farming

Remember all those Oak trees you were cutting down when you started playing OSRS? Time to plant them now! Plant Oak trees at the 5 Tree patches available to you. When harvesting, remember to first click on an Oak tree before you give the 200 coins payment to the Gardener for cutting it down. Each Farming round takes about 200 minutes.

Level 27-30 Farming

In addition to planting Oak trees, you can now plant Apple trees as well. Apple trees and Oak trees can be planted simultaneously during the first run because Apple trees occupy different Farming patches (fruit trees). Each Apple tree round takes about 960 minutes or 16 hours.

Level 30-33 Farming

At this level range, you should swap Oak trees for Willow trees. Willow tree round takes about 280 minutes.

Level 33-39 Farming

Now it’s time to swap the Fruit tree slot. Start planting Banana trees instead of Apple trees. Banana tree rounds last a bit shorter than Apple tree rounds (about 840 minutes).

Level 39-42 Farming

Willow trees do not go anywhere still, but you will swap Banana trees for Orange trees at this Farming leveling stage.

Level 42-45 Farming

Hello, Willow, my old friend. Once again you are only making changes in Fruit tree slot and start planting Curry trees. Don’t forget to keep planting Willow trees.

Level 45-51 Farming

At last, the Willow tree is gone. Well served, buddy, press F to pay respects. Swap Willow trees for Maple trees and continue harvesting until level 51 Farming.

Level 51-57 Farming

While we do not agree with this classification, you should start planting Pineapple trees instead of Curry trees. Pineapples do not grow on trees.

Level 57-60 Farming

Once again, changes in the Fruit tree slot. Papaya trees. Plant them. Care for them. Love them.

Level 60-68 Farming

Continue planting Papaya trees, but swap Maple trees for Yew trees. Remember, that at level 65 Farming you unlock additional Farming patch in the Farming Guild. Make sure to include it in your planting/harvesting rotation.

Level 68-75 Farming

Enough with Papaya trees, time to plant some Palm trees instead.

Level 75-99 Farming

Magic trees at last! Continue planting Palm trees and swap Yew trees for Magic trees. At level 85 Farming you will unlock an additional Farming patch in the Farming Guild, so make sure to make good use of it. Magic saplings are usually very expensive, therefore prepare to pay an arm and a leg for them.

Alternative Farming Leveling Methods

 

Level 36+ Farming

At level 36 Farming you can become an owner of your own Vinery! To access Hosidius Vinery you must have 65% Hosidius favor. Planting Grapes provides extremely big XP gains but is also very expensive.           
Grapes require a very specific fertilizer – Saltpetre. You must use Saltpetre on the soil using a Gardening trowel before planting Grape seeds. There are 12 Grape patches in the Hosidius vinery.              
Grape trees require 35 minutes to fully mature. This means that you will be planting and harvesting Grapes almost non-stop. This method is as intense as it is expensive.             
When harvesting grapes it is highly recommended to use Magic secateurs you should have already received from completing Fairytale Part 1 quest. Magic secateurs increase Grape yield by 10%. Additionally, Grape yield is affected by your Farming level, so this method becomes more and more effective with time.

Money Making with Farming

Farming does not only depletes gold from your bank account at exorbitant rates but it can also bring gold in. Planting Herbs can be very profitable, especially at high Farming levels. The recommended Farming level for this is 75 and you can use this method to somewhat mitigate the high cost of Magic saplings.          
There are 9 Herb patches in the game and you should make use of all of them. Plant the most profitable Herbs available for you at a given Farming level.
Herbs, unlike Trees, cannot be protected against disease so you need to take extra precautions. If you can, use Ultracompost on Herb patches before planting seeds and when harvesting your Herbs, remember to use Magic secateurs to further increase profits. To decrease the chance of your Herbs becoming diseased even more, you can plant Iasor plants in Anima patches. Iasor plants require level 76 Farming.

 

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