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Gardening (The Sims 4)

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A Sim tending to her garden

Gardening is a skill included in The Sims 4. It primarily focuses on a Sim’s ability to grow different types of plants. The plants grown through gardening can be sold or in some cases used in recipes. Reaching level 10 Gardening is the requirement for the Green Thumb Achievement.


  • 1 Abilities
  • 2 Learning
  • 3 Growing plants
    • 3.1 Planting
    • 3.2 Tending
    • 3.3 Harvesting
    • 3.4 Evolving
    • 3.5 Fertilize
    • 3.6 Grafting
    • 3.7 Death and resurrection
    • 3.8 Seasons
  • 4 Harvestables
  • 5 Reward
  • 6 Seed packets
  • 7 Trivia
  • 8 Gallery

Abilities [ edit | edit source ]

Level Ability Interaction
1 Plant, Water, Weed, Harvest, Sell Plant interaction
1 Buy Starter, Seasonal and Catnip Seed Packets Planter interaction
1 Buy Seasonal Seed Packets Computer interaction
2 Research, Water Area, Evolve Plant interaction
2 Research Gardening Computer interaction
3 Fertilize, Increase Fun while Gardening Plant interaction
4 Talk to Plants, Harvest Area Plant interaction
5 Take Cutting, Graft Plant interaction
6 Weed Area Plant interaction
7 Buy Uncommon and Farmer’s Seed Packets Planter interaction
7 Spray Area for Bugs Plant interaction
8 Overgrow Bonsai Trees, Super Sell Bonsai interaction
9 Tend Garden Plant interaction
10 Buy Rare Seed Packets Planter interaction

Learning [ edit | edit source ]

Gardening is mainly built by tending various garden plants. Sims may also read a gardening skill book to level the skill more quickly and can also “Research Gardening” on any computer or Research Plant when interacting with a plant, after reaching level 2. At level 4, Sims can “Talk to Plants,” which will build the gardening skill and satisfy social needs.

Growing plants [ edit | edit source ]

Planting [ edit | edit source ]

Starting with level 1 gardening, a Sim can plant flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables on their property, either outdoors on bare earth, or in flower pots. The easiest way to start a garden is to purchase seed packets at a computer or by clicking on a flower pot, or buying the harvestable from shops around the world. Once the Sim received the seed packet, opening it will give the sim one (the higher level packs) or multiple (the starter packs) items that can be planted. Once the item is placed in a spot where it can be planted, the “Plant” interaction will appear when the Sim clicks on it.

Tending [ edit | edit source ]

After it is planted, the Sim can water it to keep it healthy until it grows. When a plant needs to be watered again, its base will appear dry. Every 12 Sim hours that it remains tended to, it will increase in health, until it is ready to increasing in quality. Every 12 Sim hours that it remains untended (unwatered, covered in weeds, or surrounded by bugs), it will decrease in health until it dies. Its current health is represented by a progress bar separated in segments when highlighting the plant. If the colored part of the bar is closer to the previous segment it means the plant is in poor health, halfway is normal or just evolved and closer to the next segment means its close to evolving. Each segment of the bar represents one of the quality stages of a plant. All plants need to be tended to at least once on a daily basis, meaning that even if a plant is not tended to for 12 hours, fully tending it once will provide double the progress of what it lost. None of the plants found on Sixam in The Sims 4: Get to Work require watering. Weeds and bugs occur randomly and can occur every 24 hours, or not at all. Plants that require weeding will produce small white and yellow flowers around their base. Plants that require the Sim to spray for bugs will have a large number of bugs flying around the plant and will make an audible ‘buzzing’ sound. Despite the name, the Sixam Mosquito Trap will have no effect on how often plants have to be sprayed for bugs. Starting at level 7, Sims will have the ability to “Tend Garden” which will them to autonomously move between all plants within range, taking care of any tending that the plants need. “Tend Garden” does not autonomously fertilize or harvest plants.

Harvesting [ edit | edit source ]

Every so often, plants will produce harvestables. How often depends on the plant. When it comes time to harvest a plant, it will produce a couple of harvestables. If harvested right away, the Sim might receive one harvestable and the plant will be reset, and will be harvestable again after the length of its cycle. If the plant is not harvested as soon as possible, it will continue to produce harvestables until reaching 10, the maximum that any plant can hold. These harvestables can now be eaten, sold, used to plant new plants, or used in cooking or herbalism recipes. Plants can be harvested an unlimited number of times.

However in The Sims 4: Seasons, a gardening overhaul synchronize all plants on the current lot to produce harvestables every 5 AM.

Evolving [ edit | edit source ]

When plants reach maximum health, they can be evolved by a Sim, who has at least a level 2 gardening skill. This will increase the quality of the plants harvestables and their value. Increasing quality also increases the quality of dishes, drinks, and herbal remedies made with them. Planting a higher quality harvestable will result in a plant starting at that quality. There are five levels of quality: Normal, Nice, Excellent, Magnificent and Perfect. Most plants will increase from 2x to 3.5x their value between normal and perfect.

Fertilize [ edit | edit source ]

Starting at level 5, Sims can fertilize plants, which helps them evolve more quickly. Fertilizing does not affect the quality of the plant or harvestables, or how quickly harvestables are produced, and does not make the plant more resilient to needing water, weeding, or being sprayed for bugs. Plants can be fertilized with any plant or fish. Plants are the most common choice as they are easy to obtain and inexpensive to use up. There are also unconfirmed reports that trash plants and mushrooms are more effective than other plants, as fertilizers. The in-game description of growfruit states that it is a “great” fertilizer. Given its name and that it was added as part of a gardening event, it is probably the most effective possible fertilizer. Fish are more effective than most plants, increasing in effectiveness depending on the rarity of the fish.

Grafting [ edit | edit source ]

After attaining level 5 in the gardening skill, Sims gain the ability to cut and graft plants. This allows them to make hybrid plants that grow multiple harvestables at once. To graft two plants together, the Sim simply needs to take a cutting from one plant and graft it onto another. The second plant will then need to regrow, but after reaching maturity will bear its original harvestable, as well as the harvestable of the plant that was grafted onto it. Certain grafting pairs will produce a third harvestable on the plant, unrelated to the original two. This is the only way to obtain several rare harvestables. After discovering one of these unique pairs, the recipe will be added to that Sim’s notebook. Because there are two possible recipes to create bonsai buds, only the first one discovered will show up in the notebook. Grafted plants produce harvestables at the rate of the base plant, not the plant that came from a cutting. They will also start at the quality of the base plant and grow in the season of the base plant. Multiple plants can be grafted onto one base plant, but plants can only hold up to 10 harvestables, and grafted plants will split that randomly between all types. Mushrooms and the Sixam Mosquito Trap cannot be cut or grafted onto. Too many cuttings will kill a plant; depending on the plant, they can survive one to three cuttings.

The table below shows the possible grafting pairs that result in a new harvestable, it does not matter if Plant A or Plant B is the base plant.

For gardening in other Sims games, see Gardening. For the career track, see Gardener (career). Gardening is a skill included in The Sims 4. It primarily focuses on a Sim's ability to grow different types of plants. The plants grown through gardening can be sold or in some cases used in recipes…