Sims 3 Gardening – Life Fruit, Death Flower, Money Tree, Flame Fruit, Omni Plant

GARDENING GUIDE


Choosing Traits:

You should definitely select the “greenthumb” trait for gardening sims, this goes without saying.

benefits:
learn the gardening skill faster
get high quality plants plants more often
talk to plants to raise your social bar
revive dead plants (this only works on neglected plants, barren plants are totally dead, except for the death bush)

Also you can choose “loves outdoors” but I wouldn’t call it a requirement.
benefit:
gives a slight mood boost when outdoors


Lifetime Purchases:

The Collector 40,000: Really all you need is the Collector, which allows you to see seeds, rocks, insects and fish in the overhead map view. Whenever you zoom in on area the spots you have selected will glow, making it super easy to find what you are looking for!

Super Greenthumb 25,000: Again, this improves your plant quality so you should pick this up asap (probably after steel bladder though)


Getting Started

While you can read gardening books (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) to improve your gardening skills, I always prefer doing the “real thing”. I like the natural progression you get and you’ll know what plants have been growing instead of nothing happening and you reading. A healthy combination is probably best. HINT: when you first start out the game you have no seeds. Once you reach level 1 you automatically get some free seeds to plant but they are “normal”. If you buy the fruit/veg from the store they are already “Very Nice” quality 🙂

Ali Asked: How do you take a gardening class? Hi Ali, You can take the gardening class at the Science Facility. Classes are like watching tv, they don’t give you the actual gardening experience, and they cost you money. They are good if need to improve your skills at the beginning, but I was able to get to level 3 in about 2 days without taking the class and just planting seeds.


Step one: Visit The Grocery Store

At first you will only be able to grow certain products because of your low skill level. As it raises visit the grocery often until you have planted all the Fruits and Veggies available from there. I suggest buying at least 5 of each item you plan to plant because sometimes they end up in meals you decide to cook. Don’t skip any fruits or veggies!, make sure you plant them all so that you can get rewards easier down the line.


Step Two: Planting

Plant your seeds by selecting them from the inventory and click “plant“. If you have more than one (if you paid attention you should :P) you can click “plant many” and it will allow you to plant multiple seeds one after another without having to re-select them. If you decide to stop planting I find it easiest to hit your “ESC” key when you are finished, otherwise you could try to do something else and your sim will still be holding onto a seed to plant.


Step Three: Tending

Tending involves watering, weeding, and harvesting your plants. You should first buy the sprinkler to water your garden, I leave mine on full time. Second choose a plant with a weed, and click “tend garden“. This is a lifesaver because your sim will automatically tend the entire garden! Also see the FERTILIZER section, because it deserves a section of its own.



Step Four: Get Special Seeds

Special seeds need be acquired as quickly as possible. These plants take much longer than common plants to grow, so I try to plant them early. The best way to find seeds is with the Collector, but because it costs 40,000 lifetime points I’ll assume you don’t have it. (*See my TIP at the bottom of the guide) The only way to find a seed without the collector is to search for them yourself. In Sunset Valley look around the graveyard and in the hills on the EAST side of the map (when ocean is South). In Riverview look by SimHenge and check along the path in the island surrounded by the river where the main part of town is. Oh you are looking for SPECIAL seeds only! Leave all the others.


Once your Trees are growing, watch for them to drop the occasional seed!


Step Five: Re-Planting

Once your garden is moving and producing a harvest, it’s time to upgrade your plants. Here is a little guide for you to use (also applies to fish)

QUALITY CHART (from lowest to best)

  • Normal
  • Nice
  • Very Nice (bought from store)
  • Great
  • Excellent
  • Outstanding
  • Perfect

Each time you replant a seed it will grow the next quality level. For example when you plant a Very Nice Tomato from the store, it will produce a Great Tomato plant when it grows, and It’s fruit will be Great. So you can see why it is important that you re-plant your harvested goods and not sell them. Eventually you will reach Perfect quality and from there it’s just a matter of re-planting them once they die – or if you are ahead of the game, re-planting them before they die. Sometimes when you take care of a plant well enough, it will grow even better quality than it already should!


Step Six: SPECIAL PLANTS (SPOILERS! – BE WARNED)

Special plants come from the special seeds you find in the world. When they first start to grow, you will not know what they are until they harvest.

Life Plant: produces life fruit. These take a day from your sim (or add a day however you want to phrase it), and they are an ingredient in ambrosia.

Death Flower Bush: I just call it the death plant. It harvests death flower. If your sim has one of these when death comes along, you can give it to death instead of dying. This is the only use I’ve found. The death plant will die after harvest every time. The nice thing about being at a high level gardening is that you can occasionally revive the deathplant (click on dead plant, choose “revive“), getting a two for one deal. I have been unable to revive a death plant more than once as far as I can remember.

Money Tree: produces money bags that you can sell. Although you can’t replant money bags, the Money Tree occasionaly drops a seed you can plant. I haven’t had one of these die on me yet, they seem to perpetually harvest as long as you take care of them. For a high quality money tree harvest, you can get a lot of simoleans out of these money bags. Sell them in your inventory for a quick cash in.

You can find money tree and other special seeds occasionally while fishing!

Flame Fruit: An ingredient that can be used to make Angel Food Cake. Also it will give you a constant 5 point mood boost whenever you have one in your inventory.

Get some flame fruit growing for a glowing warm light in the dark

Get some flame fruit growing for a glowing warm light in the dark

Step Seven: Cash In

So for all your hard work you get these three major things.

Improved Happiness and Lifetime Points

Sell your extra perfect fruits and veggies for a House-Full of cash

Perfect quality food for your meals and no need to buy them from the store!


Fertilizers!

Fertilizers are probably one of the things I overlooked the most when I was growing my garden. Big mistake. They not only improve the quality of your plants, but they move the growing process along very quickly. Remember the faster you get to the next generation of plants, the better. All the plants in this screenshot were planted at the same time, can you tell which ones were fertilized?

You can begin fertilizing at Level 3. Here I will list the levels where you can obtain special gardening abilities, and a list of fertilizer quality.


Skill Level Gardening Abilities

Level 2 – Weed: pull up weeds before they harm the plant (gets faster with skill level)

Level 3 – Use Fertilizer: improves quality of plants (see Fertilizer Quality below this section)

Level 5 – Plant uncommon seeds: Lime, Watermelon, Onion, Potato (common: Apple, Grape, Lettuce, Tomato)

Level 6 – Revive plant: Save a dying plant

Level 7 – Plant Rare and Special Seeds: Garlic, Bell Pepper

Special: Life Fruit, Death Flower, Flame Fruit, Money Tree
only unlocked through challenge – Cheese and Egg, Burger and Steak, Omni Plant


Fertilizer Quality: (from lowest to highest )

Lower quality

Fish/Ingredients

kill plant – deathfish

1- Anchovy, Goldfish, Alley Catfish/Cheese, Hamburger Patty, Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Potato, Apple, Lime, Grapes

2- Rainbow Trout/Watermelon

3- Minnow, Jellyfish, Tuna/ Steak, Bell Pepper, Garlic, Flame Fruit

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Highest Quality

4- Salmon, Black Goldfish, Swordfish

5- Red Herring, Blowfish, Siamese Catfish, Piranha, Tragic Clownfish

6- Shark, Lobster

7- Vampire Fish, Angelfish


Achievements and Challenges

Achievements

Botanical Boss:

harvest 75 Perfect fruits and veggies – effect: plants rarely die from neglecting them

Master Farmer:

harvest 650 fruits and veggies: effect: – plants stay watered and fertilized longer

Master Planter:

plant every type of plant: effect: – reduces weeds


Bonus Challenges:

SPOILERS!! and I am still testing these triggers!

1. Grow 20 (excellent or better) plants -> unlocks ability to plant cheese + eggs

2. Grow 10 Excellent cheese plants-> unlocks ability to plant steak + burger

3. Grow 10 (outstanding or better) steak plants -> Receive Omni Plant seeds and ability to purchase more.

4. Omni Plant: This is a special plant that will reproduce whatever you feed it within a few days, and I believe you can either mail order or buy more seeds once unlocked.

You can only feed it certain things. Because it’s special, I want you to experiment to find out what it can be fed, because that’s half the fun. But to appease the curious I will add some things that you can’t feed it.

Cars
Paintings
Songs
Stereos
Guitars
Graves
Gnomes
Recipes
Prepared Food
Money Bags
Seeds (no money tree/omni plant farming)
Rocks

If you do want to see some omni-awesomeness check the screenshots page. Thanks to nina for adding that the omni plant looks the same as the other “bush” plants.

The first challenge is the hardest to get. It is totally random when you get it, so don’t expect it at a certain level (although you CAN get it as early as level 7-8). One of my sims lived nearly 158 days out of 190 and were elderly before they got the first challenge. Now I did notice that the sim that got it at level 8 had no job, they were a fisherman, while my level 10 sim who was a chef still hadn’t received the challenge. Frequent visits to the BISTRO and DINER may help trigger the event because that is where the challenges come from, but don’t count on it.


GARDENING TIPS

INSANE GARDEN

While it may be fun to have a ginormous garden, your sim will spend all day there if you have too many plants. I limit my sim to 5 of each and that seems to produce good harvest without spending too much time. One of sims spent 7-8 hours of their day gardening. What’s so wrong about that? Nothing really, but it was very inefficient use of time because there were tons of low quality plants in the garden. I could have been using that time to do other things with my sim. Once you reach perfect plants though, all bets are off because you should be at a high enough skill level where you can pull off a Huge garden.

PERFECT PLANT SELL LIST
from lowest to highest
§12_tomato
§12_lettuce
§16_apple
§16_grape
§20_cheese
§28_egg
§28_onion
§28_potato
§36_lime
§36_watermelon
§48_bell pepper
§60_garlic
§64_hamburger patty
§72_flame fruit
§80_steak (most profitable!)
§100_life fruit (best fertilizer + great price)


ITEM SELECTION

to select all items at once in your inventory (for example ALL apples) click and hold the little arrow in the upper left hand corner. Drag your apples to the fridge, another persons inventory, or to sell them all at once! (this drove me crazy until i figured it out)



CAREERS

The best Job that coincides with gardening is the Culinary Arts. The benefits of being able to garden really help you out when you are given tasks at work, but most importantly when you cook with higher ingredients it improves your food quality when cooking. Your sim will also get “wants to cook with perfect ingredients” wishes, and you’ll be able to fulfill those quickly with high gardening skill.

My secondary Job choice would be fishing for a gardening oriented sim, although fishing is not an “official” job. I prefer to create another sim to do that because gardening and fishing are both so timestaking though, still it’s worth mentioning because in both jobs you choose your own hours. Fish are the best fertilizers, so it helps give your garden an extra boost.

My third Job choice would be the Science Career. Gardening alone can get you to a high level because it’s one of the performance requirements. The hours are good 9-2:30 at the beginning and they get lower as you are promoted, so more time to garden after work 🙂 The only slight downfall is handiness and fishing are also included in your performance, and it’s hard to keep those two up with a good size garden. I advise just scraping by on those aspects and improving them only when needed. Gardening will compensate for them and you’ll be a level 10 scientist in no time.


THE COLLECTOR

Just because your sim doesn’t have 40,000 points yet, doens’t mean another sim doesn’t! Use another sim to buy the collector with their points. Set the collector to “seeds” and go seed hunting. Once you’ve collected all the special seeds you can find, or have time to find, use the item selection tip i wrote and drag them to your gardening sim. Now that is how you do it! If your gardening sim has a lot of time on their hands, you could just gift the entire Collector to them (it’s the butterfly icon in the inventory panel).

Also it’s important to note that once you have grown and harvested from a special seed, if you find it in the wild it will no longer be “special”, but will show what seed it actually is!


SPRINKLERS

If you tinker with a sprinkler, or have someone handy you can upgrade the sprinkler to “auto-water“. While this is probably helpful, I just leave mine on 24-7, because apparently sims have no need for water preservation.


CLEARING DEAD PLANTS

One trick I use is to go into buy mode when you see a plant is dead (totally black but not a death plant!). In buy mode you can select the plant and just hit delete, bam it’s gone and your sim didn’t have to deal with it. You can also move plants around and put them in a nice order, or even a crazy order if you like.

GET SEEDS BY FISHING
There is a very low chance your fishing sim will catch a box containing something inside. It can vary, but in relation to gardening you catch the Flame Fruit, Death Flower and Money Tree seed. You only have a 3% of the first two, and a 5% chance for a money tree, so good luck and happy fishing!

HARVEST WILD FRUIT

Sometimes your sim will get the urge to harvest a wild fruit. Basically for you that means scrolling around the town looking for plants. Apple trees are a good one to look for, but you can even harvest other sim’s gardens. In Riverview there is a garden you can visit on the island that has bell peppers and other various veggies growing. Jen commented that you can get a deathflower (once it reaches a harvest point) from the death plant in the cemetery and plant it in your own garden. Thanks Jen I totally forgot to add that trick, and basically this entire section 😛


The above is a rough draft, I’m still working on this guide because there is a lot to cover. I try to test as much as possible before posting. Let me know of any wrong info or additions and I will credit you with the changes. Please do not copy my guide, but feel free to post the link to it.

revisions/additions 6-25-09
omni plant info
answered gardening class question
plant classifications -common, rare, etc
science career
corrected bonus challenge
inventory screenshot
harvest wild fruit – thanks to Jen
revisions/additions 7-01-09
screens for challenges+money tree
greenthumb trait benefits
barren vs. dead info to level 7
perfect quality sell prices
gaining seeds through fishing

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Sims 3 fishing skills

Firstly I will start this guide off with all things fishing, because fishing IS fun! I was pleasantly surprised by all the various things you can do in the SIMS 3, and fishing is definitely a productive and useful trait for your sims.

Choosing Traits

First things first. You will want to choose the Angler trait when creating or growing your sim. The benefits are as follows:

  • catch fish faster
  • have fun while fishing
  • your sim will want to go on fishing trips
  • sim can fish even when stressed

Improving Fishing Skill

Firstly you can improve fishing skill by fishing, but I suggest buying every fishing book at the book store. These are awesome because they tell you what “perfect bait” to use while fishing! Once your fishing skill has improved the more you fish, the bigger and better each fish you catch will be. For example when you first start fishing, you will be lucky to catch anything. Then as you improve it will go from good to great to exellent, and eventually you will reach perfect fish.

note: I had my sim through 2 careers already before I started fishing and was still able to max fishing skill just by reading and fishing. It didn’t take very long, if I had been able to obtain the Angler trait, it would have been much easier. Just wanted to let you know it is possible to fish without it.*

Basics

  1. use overhead map and look for the fishing hook, click to visit that area.
  2. look for groups of fish in the water, these are the best spots
  3. click on the group of fish and select “inspect water”
  4. fish in spots that are “Active”, fish will flop in the water. “Decent” areas will get much less bites.
  5. Each skill level you go up, you’ll be able to catch additional fish.
  6. The ability to use bait will catch mostly a specific fish. see “perfect bait list” below.


Challenges

  • Amateur Ichthyologist – Catch every type of fish – roll over fish in your journal to see if you have caught them.

Reward: Catch bigger fish

  • catching bigger fish fulfills more of your lifetime happiness goals
  • larger fish also can be sold for more money or mounted in your house
  • Commercial Fisherman – Catch 350 total fish

Reward: Catch fish faster


PERFECT BAIT LIST (All fish listed from highest level to lowest)

skill level: goal fish -> bait -> bait

  1. Level 10. Deathfish -> Angelfish -> Alley Catfish -> Cheese
  2. Level 9. Lobster -> Tuna -> Onion
  3. Level 9. Robotfish -> Piranha -> Minnow -> Apple
  4. Level 8. Vampirefish -> Garlic
  5. Level 8. Angelfish -> Alley Catfish -> Cheese
  6. Level 7. Swordfish -> Anchovy -> Tomato
  7. Level 7. Shark -> Red Herring -> Sausage Links
  8. Level 6. Black Goldfish -> Goldfish -> Lettuce
  9. Level 6. Salmon -> Lime
  10. Level 5. Blowfish -> Potato
  11. Level 5. Tragic Clownfish -> Watermelon
  12. Level 4. Piranha -> Minnow -> Apple
  13. Level 4. Siamese Catfish -> Bell Pepper
  14. Level 3. Tuna -> Onion
  15. Level 3. Red Herring -> Sausage Links
  16. Level 2. Jellyfish -> Grape
  17. Level 2. Rainbow Trout -> Egg
  18. Level 1. Alley Catfish -> Cheese
  19. Level 1. Goldfish ->Lettuce
  20. Level 0. Anchovy -> Tomato
  21. Level 0. Minnow -> Apple


Useful Traits

Loves Outdoors

  • better mood when outdoors
  • can fish and garden better than other sims

Other (possibly useful)

    • Loner (not around people when fishing) – negative for when around people
    • Greenthumb (can use fish as fertilizer, also helps grow better food for cooking)
    • Cooking (can cook what you catch)
    • Bookworm (read fishing books faster) not a priority, but can be used for other skills as well


Useful Lifetime Purchases

  • Collector (40,000)- easily find the best fishing spots in map view
  • Vacationer (15,000)- take a day off from work, no one will notice
  • Dirt Defiant (15,000)hygiene decreases slower
  • Steel Bladder/Hardly Hungry/Etc. (see my defaults)


Other Tips I’ve found

  • Stock Pond – put fish you have caught into a pond you build.

Basically stock pond allows you to have all the best fish nearby. You can stock a pond with every fish you catch, but you MUST have 10 of each kind of fish or you will not be able to stock it. I have also heard you can add fish to a fishbowl, but I have been to busy to try it 🙂

  • when stocking the pond, fish are stocked from lowest quality – it has no effect when you catch them from the pond. Stocking only 10 of a fish seems to have minimal effects (…still testing…) update: through my tests I’ve found that a stocked pond doesn’t become “active” it will only be “a decent place to fish” so use at your discretion – stocking more than 10 and multiple varieites has no effect.
stocking different varieties doesnt lead to an active pond unfortunately

stocking different varieties doesn't lead to an active pond unfortunately

  • Deathfish

Secondly the hardest fish to catch is the deathfish, which is an ingredient in ambrosia – the highest level recipe available. The reason it is hard to catch is because it can only be found in one area in the town, and it also only comes out in the morning hours between 12 and 5 am. I have tested this many times and it’s impossible to catch it at an any other hours. I am not sure about midnight, but I know for a fact you will stop catching them at 5 am everytime. Hint: deathfish like to be near graveyards.

  • Fishing Locations

Deathfish can always be found near graveyards, even in Riverview. The same goes for Robot Fish, they are always found near the science building in both towns. The other good spots are blatantly laid out in the overhead map view with a big hook 🙂


  • Job Situation

While a fisherman’s job is full time fun, you may find some rewards in the science field. The problem with the Science industry is that your performance is based on about 3 different skills comprised of gardening, handiness, and fishing. While fishing will be the easiest to maximize, it is also time consuming to juggle those three characteristics on a highly skilled level. So while it may be a good fit, you may want to max out a few other categories, then use Lifetime Purchase of Mid-Life Crisis to change your traits to something else (for example, handy to loves outdoors, or bookworm to loves outdoors)

Honestly when it comes down to it, you can make plenty of money just fishing and gardening, you would actually make LESS money by working. But the real benefit of having a job is earning the lifetime rewards.

with all the fish youll be raking in, theres really no need for a job
with all the fish you’ll be raking in, there’s really no need for a job


If you would like to append this with any information you have acquired or find any incorrect info, just leave a remark in the comments and I will add it to the post, giving you credit for the info.