Strawberry plants not producing

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Q: Do Strawberries Take a Year to Produce Fruit?

Karen asked:

Hello, I hope you can help me. I planted 24 strawberry plants this April and they finally bore some fruit. Unfortunately, the fruit is small (less than an inch) and tastes mealy. Do strawberries take a year to have quality fruit? Thanks so much

Answer to: Do Strawberries Take a Year to Produce Fruit?

Karen,

Thanks for stopping by! Generally, strawberry plants do take about a year to really begin producing good fruit. If you planted a June-bearing variety (see the Strawberry Varieties reference page, if needed), it is best for the long-term health of your plants and for the yield in future years to completely do without strawberries in year 1 by pinching off or cutting off all of the strawberry flowers. This helps the plants become well-established and increases their overall vitality.

If you planted a day-neutral or everbearing variety, the flowers should still be pinched initially, but strawberries can usually be harvested later on in the season. Sometimes, however, small and misshaped strawberries can be due to other factors. On that, see this page on deformed strawberries.

There are a host of other factors that could affect strawberry production as well: soil pH, type of soil, amount of sun, etc. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Growing Strawberries reference page, it has a lot of information that may help you! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. Hopefully that helps!

Strawberry Plants .org exists to help spread the passion for growing and eating strawberries. However, manpower is limited. If you have a question related to strawberries, feel free to submit it or post it as a comment. Please be patient, though, as it may take some time before your question is addressed.

Fixing Strawberry Plants That Don’t Produce Fruit

More common than one might think is the problem of strawberry plants that are not producing or when a strawberry will not bloom. Instead, you may have lots of foliage and nothing else to show for all your hard efforts. So why is it that your strawberry plants are big but no strawberries, and how can you fix this common complaint?

Why are There No Strawberries?

There are several reasons for poor strawberry production, everything from poor growing conditions to improper watering. Here are some of the most common reasons for strawberries with no fruit:

Poor growing conditions – Although they’ll usually grow just about anywhere, strawberries prefer well-draining, organic soil and a combination of warm and cool growing conditions in order to produce adequate fruit. These plants grow best with warm days and cool nights. Plants that are grown when it’s too hot will likely not produce many berries, if any. Likewise, if a cold snap occurs, especially while the plants are in bloom, the open blossoms van be damaged, resulting in little to no fruit.

Watering issues – Either too little or too much water can also affect fruit production in strawberry plants, which have rather shallow root systems. These plants take in most of their water from the top few inches of the soil, which unfortunately tends to dry out the quickest. In addition, those grown in containers dry out faster too. In order to compensate for this, strawberry plants require plenty of water throughout the growing season in order to produce an abundance of fruit. However, too much water can be detrimental to the plants by rotting their crowns. If this happens, not only will plant growth and fruiting be limited, but the plants will likely die as well.

Pests or disease – There are many pests and disease that can affect strawberry plants. When strawberries become infested by insects, such as Lygus bugs, or infected with diseases like root rot, they won’t produce well, if at all. Therefore, you should keep a check on insect pests and try to keep plant foliage as dry as possible during watering to prevent future issues with fungal infections or other problems, treating as needed.

Poor or improper fertilizing – As with water, too little or too much fertilizer can become a problem when growing strawberries. Without the proper nutrients, strawberries will not grow well. As a result, fruit production may be low. Amending the soil with compost or other organic materials will go a long way in adding beneficial nutrients to the plants. However, too much fertilizer, especially nitrogen, can also limit fruit production. In fact, too much nitrogen will cause excessive foliage growth with few to no strawberries. So if your strawberry plants are big but no strawberries, cut back on the nitrogen fertilizer. This is also why a strawberry will not bloom. It may help to add more phosphorus to the soil as well if this is the case.

Age of the plant – Finally, if your strawberry plants aren’t producing, they may simply be too young. Most varieties produce little to no fruit within the first year. Instead, the plants focus more energy on establishing strong roots. This is why it is often recommended to pinch out flower buds during the first year as well, which of course is where the fruit comes from. During the second year and later, the plant roots will have become established enough to handle flowering and fruiting.

Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden

Strawberries are well suited for planting in the home garden since they produce fruits very quickly and require a relatively small amount of space. Each plant may produce up to one quart of fruit when grown in a matted row during the first fruiting year. June-bearing cultivars typically produce fruits during the second year of planting while everbearing and day-neutral cultivars produce fruits during the first year of planting.

Figure 1. Fresh strawberries are delicious and have many health benefits. Photo by Ken Chamberlain.

Twenty-five plants will normally produce enough strawberries for an average-sized family. More plants can be ordered and planted since strawberry plants are relatively inexpensive. Excess berries can be turned into jam or jellies. They can also be frozen for future use.

A strawberry planting does not remain productive forever. The strawberry yield usually declines during the second and third years of fruiting; therefore, a new planting should be established after strawberry plants produce fruits for more than three to four years for maximum production every year. A strawberry bed also needs to be renovated after three years of fruiting to stay productive for one or two more years.

Strawberry plants produce attractive fruit with fine flavor. Strawberries have a very high vitamin C content and are versatile as a dessert food. Most cultivars of strawberries are well suited to freezing and processing, as well as for fresh use. Many people enjoy eating the fresh-picked fruit. Strawberries are also excellent for jams, jellies and pies. Freshly sliced and sugared strawberries are excellent when served chilled either alone or over shortcake or ice cream. In addition, strawberries contain many antioxidants, which have anticancer properties.

Types of Strawberries

Strawberry plants can be divided into three types, June-bearing, everbearing and day-neutral. June‑bearing plants are cultured to produce a full crop the season after planting. In Ohio, the ripening season of June-bearing strawberry cultivars ranges from late May to the end of June. Everbearing cultivars are capable of producing a crop in the year of planting and can produce two smaller crops, one in late spring and the second in early fall. The day-neutral plants are capable of producing fruit throughout most of the growing season.

Figure 2. Earliglow is one of the best tasting strawberry cultivars. It is also disease resistant.

June-bearing types are most popular for the home garden and commercial use and are well worth waiting for because of their high yields, outstanding flavor and quality. One cannot tell by looking at the plant whether they are of the June-bearing, everbearing or day-neutral type; therefore, when purchasing plants, it is important to specify which type is desired. It is certainly a good idea to plant both types to get fruit production in the first year from day-neutral strawberries, and high yield and quality from June-bearing strawberries. A main portion of the plants should be of June-bearing type while other two types can extend the harvest season.

Cultivar Selection

Home fruit growers have a large number of cultivars (varieties) to select from. The selection is much greater for the June-bearing types than for the day-neutral types. Strawberry cultivars suggested for growing in Ohio are listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Cultural Characteristics of Suggested Strawberry Cultivars.
Cultivar Season Berry Size Freezing Quality Dessert Quality Yield
June-Bearing
Allstar Mid Large Fair Good High
Annapolis Early Medium, Large Good Good High
Cabot Mid-Late Very Large Fair Excellent Medium
Clancy Mid Large Good Good Medium
Earliglow Early Medium, Large Very Good Very Good Medium
Eros Mid Large Good Good High
Evangeline Early Medium Excellent Good Medium
Guardian Mid Very Large Fair Good High
Jewel Mid-Late Large Excellent Excellent High
Kent Mid Large Poor Fair High
L’Amour Early-Mid Large Good Good Fair
Lateglow Mid-Late Large Fair Good High
Ovation Late Large Good Good Medium
Sparkle Mid-Late Large Excellent Excellent High
Surecrop Early-Mid Large Good Good Medium
Winnona Mid-Late Medium, Large Fair Good High
Everbearing (Day-Neutral)
Everest N/A Large Fair Good High
Seascape N/A Large Good Good High
Tribute N/A Small Good Fair Medium
Tristar N/A Small Good Fair Medium
Note: New fruit cultivars that may be superior to currently suggested varieties are constantly being released. Check with your local Extension Educator or the nursery you order plants from to obtain information on newly released cultivars for your location.

It is important to know the ripening season, yield, berry size, freezing quality and dessert quality of suggested cultivars in order to select cultivars according to personal needs (Table 1). In addition, selecting disease resistant cultivars will help growers reduce the risks of damage from plant diseases (Table 2). Refer to Table 2 for the disease resistance of the suggested strawberry cultivars. Home strawberry growers are encouraged to check the references listed or talk with Extension Educators or local commercial strawberry growers for additional information about strawberry cultivars.

Table 2. Disease Resistance of Suggested Strawberry Cultivars.
Cultivar Leaf Spot Leaf Scorch Red Stele Verticillium Wilt Powdery Mildew
June-Bearing
Allstar R I R R-T T
Annapolis S S R I S
Cabot R I R U U
Clancy R S R U U
Earliglow R R R R S to I
Eros I I R S U
Evangeline R R S U R
Guardian S to I R R R S
Jewel R R S S R
Kent S I S S S
L’Amour R I U U U
Lateglow R R R VR S
Lester U R R S R
Ovation T I U U U
Sparkle U U R S S
Surecrop I to R I R VR U
Winnona R R R T U
Everbearing (Day-Neutral)
Everest U U R S R
Seascape S U S U U
Tribute T T R R R
Tristar T T R T to R R
S = susceptible, VS = very susceptible, I = intermediate reaction, R = resistant (the disease does not occur on that cultivar or only to a very small degree), VR = very resistant, T = tolerant (the disease is clearly evident, but with little or no apparent detrimental effect on plant or yield), U = unknown.
*Cultivars are only resistant to specific races of the red stele fungus. If races for which resistance genes are not available are present in the planting or are introduced into the planting, red stele can develop on “resistant” cultivars.

Planting Site Requirements for Strawberry Plants

Strawberry plants require full sun for the maximum yield and the best quality. They will grow and produce crops in several different types of soil. However, best results are obtained when the plants are grown in loose, fertile soils containing large quantities of organic matter. The soil should be slightly acidic, having a pH of 5.8 to 6.5. If the extent of soil acidity or fertility is unknown, it is suggested that the soil be sampled and tested. Arrangements for soil testing can be made through your county Extension office. Request special tests for organic matter and boron. Lime and fertilizers should be applied to soils according to soil test results.

The strawberry plant is sensitive to excessive soil moisture. Strawberries should be planted in raised beds or on ridges if drainage is a problem. Also, avoid planting strawberry plants in areas where potatoes, tomatoes or sod were grown recently. Insect and disease problems may result in serious plant damage in such areas.

Cultural Problems for Growing Strawberry Plants

Important cultural practices for growing strawberries include planting techniques and spacing, weed control, proper fertilizer, blossom removal, irrigation, renovation of strawberries after harvest, insect and disease control, and mulch for protection from cold temperatures and diseases.

Figure 3. Diagram of a strawberry plant.
Planting and Spacing

Early spring is the best time to plant strawberry plants as long as soil is not too wet. Fall planting is not recommended because plants can be injured by soil heaving (alternate freezing and thawing). Strawberry plants have roots, a crown and leaves (Figure 3). The crown is a short stem between the roots and leaves.

When planting, make sure to cover the roots and only half of the crown with soil. Make a trench deep enough to set the roots vertically. Do not bend roots horizontally.

June-bearing plants are spaced 12 to 24 inches apart. On close-spaced plants, runners are controlled by removing unwanted runners during the first season. In August, rows should be 18 to 24 inches wide with plants 6 to 8 inches apart in the row. Generally rows are 36 to 40 inches apart. A circular terrace can be used if one has limited space (Figure 4).

For day-neutral strawberries, plants are set 8 to 12 inches apart in the row with 30 to 36 inches between rows. Remove runners throughout the first season and remove flowers for the first 6 weeks after planting. Mulch the planting with 3 to 4 inches of straw or wood chips to conserve moisture.

Weed Control

Mechanical cultivation, mulching and certain herbicides are suited to maintain essentially weed-free planting. Mechanical cultivation and mulches are recommended.

Figure 4. Strawberries in a circular terrace.
Lime and Fertilizers

Soil testing every two to three years is highly recommended for the best yield and quality. Apply nutrients and lime (if needed) prior to planting according to soil test results. Apply 1 ounce (10 oz. 10-10-10) of actual nitrogen broadcast per 100 square feet of plant or 0.5 ounce (5 oz. 10-10-10) band 4 to 6 inches away from the plants seven to 10 days after planting. Apply 1 to 1.5 ounces actual nitrogen broadcast in mid-June if rainfall has been excessive and again in mid-August. In the fruiting years, apply 1 to 1.5 ounces actual nitrogen broadcast after harvest and again in mid-August.

Blossom Removal

Remove the flower stalks of June-bearing strawberry plants as they appear throughout the first growing season. More production can be expected if the plants are allowed to attain large size before fruiting. Remove the blossoms of day-neutral types of plants as they appear until about the middle of June (first year only). Then allow flowers to set fruit for harvest during the remainder of the season (August through October).

Irrigation

Additional watering is needed during dry seasons. Plants require 1 inch to 1.5 inches of water per week from mid-June to mid-August. Take care in watering so that the soil does not remain soggy for any prolonged period.

Renovation of Strawberries After Harvest
Figure 5. Strawberry patch right after renovation.

Strawberry plants can be fruited more than one year but probably not for more than three harvest seasons, depending on the vigor and number of plants. June-bearing strawberries should be renovated every year right after harvest if one desires excellent fruit production for more than one year.

First control weeds by mechanical means or labeled herbicides. Remove all old leaves with a mower or a sickle. Make sure to set the mower as high as the blade will go to avoid injuring plant crowns. Narrow the rows to a width of about 12 inches by cultivating between them with a rotary tiller. Thin the plants within each row, leaving 4 to 6 inches between plants. Topdress beds with 0.5 to 1 inch of soil. Broadcast 2.5 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting. Apply 1 inch of water each week to promote growth if it does not rain. The strawberry patch may look very depressing right after renovation (Figure 5). However, strawberry plants do recover beautifully (Figure 6) and will be much more productive.

Insect and Disease Control
Figure 6. Strawberry patch one week after renovation.

Many problems due to insects and diseases in the home garden can be avoided by selecting sites where sod, tomatoes or potatoes have not been recently grown; planting disease-free and disease-resistant planting stock; and using good cultural practices. For additional information on insect and disease management, refer to the OSU Extension Bulletin 780, Controlling Disease and Insects in Home Fruit Plantings.

Winter Mulching

In addition to value for weed control, mulching is necessary to provide winter protection for the plants. Apply straw that is free of weed seeds 2 to 3 inches deep over the plants after they have been subjected to several sharp freezes in the low 30s or high 20s in fall. This is generally between November 15 and 30, but no later than December 15.

Frost Protection

Strawberry flower buds are very susceptible to spring frosts. Mulches used for winter protection should be pulled from plants in early spring, before there is much leaf yellowing. The mulch should be left in the alleyways and can be used to cover blossom in the spring when frost is predicted, especially with early cultivars, such as Earliglow. Frost protection could be the difference between a good crop and no crop.

Home gardeners are encouraged to purchase a copy of the OSU Extension Bulletin 940, Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide and Bulletin 780, Controlling Disease and Insects in Home Fruit Plantings from their county Extension office for additional information on fruit production in home plantings.

Useful References

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Gardening
A Sim tending to her garden

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. Reaching level 10 Gardening is the requirement for the Green Thumb Achievement.

AbilitiesEdit

Level Ability Interaction
1 Plant, Water, Weed, Harvest, Sell, Evolve Plant interaction
1 Buy Starter, Seasonal, and Catnip Seed Packets Planter interaction
1 Buy Seasonal Seed Packets Computer interaction
2 Research, Water Area 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

LearningEdit

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, after reaching level 3. At level 4, Sims can “Talk to Plants,” which will build the gardening skill and satisfy social needs.

Growing plantsEdit

PlantingEdit

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. Once the Sim received the seed packet, opening it will reveal one of the possible plants at random. Once the plant is placed in a spot where it can be planted, the “Plant” interaction will appear when the Sim clicks on it.

TendingEdit

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. A normal quality plant will not require weeding or spraying for bugs. 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 picture of a daisy when highlighting the plant. The daisy will either be green and smiling, showing it is tended to, or unhappy and red, showing it requires maintenance. The petals around the outside of the daisy will show its progress toward growing in quality or dying. 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.

As plants progress past normal quality, they will start needing to be weeded and eventually sprayed for bugs, in addition to being watered. 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.

HarvestingEdit

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 ten, 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.

EvolveEdit

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 eight levels of quality: Normal, Nice, Very Nice, Good, Great, Superb, Magnificent, Pristine, and Perfect. Most plants will increase from 3x to 7x their value between normal and perfect. Trash plants and death flowers are always worth §1, regardless of quality.

FertilizeEdit

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. Death flowers never increase in value past §1, which makes them common choices. 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.

GraftingEdit

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. 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.

Note Planting a Cow Berry results in a Cowplant, which does not produce berries. Therefore, the Cow Berry can only be naturally grown as part of a grafted plant.

Death and resurrectionEdit

If a plant is not tended to for long enough, it will die. Plants can also be killed by fire, being stomped, or the withering touch of a ghost killed by a Cowplant. After death, the plant will remain but will begin to produce an odor, similar to trash. No amount of tending can revive it. A Sim can pay §100 to revive a dead plant, at which point it will have to regrow, but will remain the quality it was before death.

HarvestablesEdit

There are 32 harvestables that can be collected in the base game and 50 more were added with content packs, with a current total of 82. They are collected through finding them in the wild, grafting, or purchasing seed packets from the computer or garden plot and planting them.

Image Plant Name Description Rarity Base Value Perfect Value Growth Rate Notes Pack
Apple Characterized by that distinctive snap-hiss, bites from an apple are likely to have Sims feeling full and refreshed. Common 3 13 36h
Basil Once known for its ability to ease pain from a scorpion-sting, this leafy herb now decorates elaborate meals. Common 1 3 24h
Blue Bells A cluster of small blue blossoms. Common 4 22 36h
Carrot A sweet orange tuber. Common 2 8 24h
Chrysanthemum A beautiful flower that can be grown in the garden. Common 4 21 36h
Daisy A common bright flower of yellow and white. Common 1 5 24h
Grapes Sims love popping these in their mouth like crisp, juice chocolates. Common 7 33 48h
  • Purchased from any flowerpot or computer.
  • Grafted using Blue Bells and Strawberry.
Lemon A sour citrus fruit. Common 3 12 60h
  • Oasis Springs, at the end of the road, near the Museum.
  • Oasis Springs, across the street from Rattlesnake Juice in the dirt area.
  • Windenburg, behind the large empty lot near the Fyres House.
  • Windenburg, in front of the maze at the Chalet Gardens.
Mushroom An earthy, edible fungus. Common 1 4 24h
Parsley A delicate, minty herb leaf. Common 2 5 24h
  • Purchased from any flowerpot or computer.
  • Grafted from Sage and Basil.
Plantain A starchy, Banana-like fruit. Best cooked before eating! Common 2 16 72h
  • Purchased from any flowerpot or computer.
  • Grafted using Pear and Lemon.
Sage A musky, purple herb leaf. Common 2 5 24h
  • Oasis Springs, at the end of the road, near the Museum.
  • Oasis Springs, across from Sandtrap Flat in the garden area.
  • Science Lab garden.
  • Inside the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
Snapdragon A collection of small, vivid blossoms. Common 4 25 36h
  • Willow Creek, the BFF House.
  • Science Lab garden.
Spinach A vitamin-rich dark green vegetable leaf. Common 1 6 24h
Cherry A pair of small, red fruit with pits. Uncommon 3 15 60h
  • Oasis Springs, behind the Park by Springscape.
  • Can be found in Uncommon plants seed packet
Lily A large, vibrant blossom. Uncommon 4 21 36h
  • Willow Creek, in the Park.
  • Can also be found in front of Oakenstead.
  • Inside the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
  • Can be found in Uncommon plants seed packet
Onion A fragrant and tangy root vegetable. Uncommon 3 14 48h
  • Willow Creek, the Rendle Rose House.
  • Oasis Springs, across the stream from Agave Adobe.
  • Inside the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
Pear A crisp and fleshy fruit with a distinctive bell shape. Uncommon 3 14 60h
  • Willow Creek, in the Park.
  • Willow Creek, behind Umbridge Manor.
  • Windenburg, the Island bluff.
Potato A starchy, delicious underground tuber. The humble potato is often misidentified as a root. Uncommon 2 10 24h
  • Willow Creek, the BFF House.
  • Inside the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
Rose A blossom of beautiful color and lovely aroma. Uncommon 4 23 48h
  • Willow Creek, behind Umbridge Manor.
  • Science Lab garden.
  • Can be found in Uncommon plants seed packet
Strawberry A small, sweet fruit with a red seed covered skin. Uncommon 2 8 24h
  • Willow Creek, the BFF House.
  • Windenburg, in the Island bluff.
  • Science Lab garden.
  • Windenberg, on big Island near lot Mid-Nowhere
Tomato A juicy, red-skinned fruit often mistaken for a vegetable. Uncommon 3 12 24h
  • Oasis Springs, up the road from Slipshod Mesquite are planter boxes.
  • Science Lab garden.
Tulip A plump bloom that grows even after picking, with delicately pointed petals around a cluster of stigma. Uncommon 4 22 36h
  • Oasis Springs, near the entrance to the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
Bird of Paradise A flame-tipped flower, known for its avian characteristics. They might take flight during winter months. Rare 4 20 36h
  • Grafted using Tulip and Chrysanthemum.
  • San Myshuno, during the flea market at Spice Market.
Blackberry An aggregate fruit, known for its tangy bite and smooth aftertaste. Great for pies! Rare 11 55 96h
  • Oasis Springs, near the dirt path beside the big Park.
Bonsai Buds A small cluster of fragrant, green berries that can grow bonsai shrubs. Rare 4 20 24h
  • Grafted using Daisy and Strawberry
  • Grafted using Grapes and Rose.
  • A fully-grown bonsai shrub can be potted into a carvable bonsai tree.
  • Can be found in Uncommon plants seed packet
Cow Berry A plantable, strangely bovine fruit. Rare 20 100 24h
  • Grafted using Dragonfruit and Snapdragon.
  • Commonly fished up in the Hermit’s House Secret Lot of Granite Falls.
  • Commonly fished up in the Forgotten Grotto secret lot.
  • San Myshuno, during the flea market at Spice Market.
  • Can be found in Rare plants seed packet
Dragonfruit An exotic, vibrant-colored fruit. Rare 16 80 96h
  • Grafted using Strawberry and Snapdragon.
Orchid A colorful, exotic blossom. Rare 5 28 36h
  • Grafted using Lily and Snapdragon.
  • Rewarded after completing the space rock collection from the Rocket Science Skill.
  • Starter packets.
  • Can be found in Rare plants seed packet
Pomegranate A rare red-skinned fruit with tart, edible seeds. Rare 4 18 72h
  • Grafted using Apple and Cherry.
  • Can be found in Rare plants seed packet
Trash Fruit A foul-smelling blossom inexplicably composed entirely of refuse. Rare 1 4 24h
  • Leave a pile of trash lying on exposed terrain, it will transform into a Trash Plant after about a day.
  • Can be found in Uncommon plants seed packet
U.F.O. (Unidentified Fruit Object) Strange space fruit. Rare 24 120 112h
  • Obtained by exploring space in a rocket, from the Rocket Science Skill.
Death Flower A spooky, yet elegant blossom. Roses just don’t cut it for the Grim Reaper. Try this flower to calm his qualms and get out of a deadly situation. Rare 1 1 48h
  • Grafted using Orchid and Pomegranate.
  • Can be found in Rare plant seed packet
Growfruit Characterized by a distinctive glow, growfruit is a tasty treat, a great fertilizer, and a superb ingredient. Common 2 15 72h
  • Obtained from Jasmine Holiday.
  • Randomly spawns in Willow Creek or Newcrest.
  • Can be purchased from the ranger’s shop in Granite Falls.
  • Can be found in Rare plants seed packet
Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim Eat, and become like the PlantSim. Plant, and grow a tree of your own. Forbidden, for it is nothing more than a facade. Uncommon 72 90
  • Inside the Magical Bean Portal Tree.
  • Turns Sims into PlantSims when eaten.
Chamomile A daisy-like flower commonly used to make herbal remedies. Common 2 14 24h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Toxic Chamomile Not to be confused with its non-toxic cousin, this toxic flower causes tension when eaten. Common 3 15 24h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Elderberry This royal purple berry has a sweet taste when cooked. Common 1 6 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Noxious Elderberry This pale purple berry is poisonous when uncooked, and slightly less poisonous when cooked. Common 2 7 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Fireleaf This plant gets its name from the dark red tint of its leaves. Uncommon 3 13 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Poison Fireleaf This infamous plant causes increased itchiness the longer you’re exposed to it. Uncommon 3 11 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Huckleberry This tiny berry is commonly used in fruit cobbler and pancakes. Uncommon 2 8 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Muckleberry If you’re looking to keep a clear head, this is not your muckleberry. Uncommon 2 9 18h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Morel Mushroom This edible fungus has a honeycomb-like appearance. Rare 3 17 24h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
False Morel Mushroom This slightly green mushroom can have an adverse effect on a Sim’s bladder when consumed. Rare 4 19 24h
  • Found on Wild Bushes in locations around Granite Falls.
  • Must be identified using the Herbalism skill before using or planting.
Garlic An annual bulbous plant. Its bulbs can be harvested for cooking or decorating. Uncommon 2 12 24h
  • Can be purchased online.
  • Can be assembled into braids and other Vampire deterrents.
Plasma Fruit The juice in this fruit has very similar properties to plasma. Uncommon 4 25 72h
  • Can be purchased online by leveling your Vampire Lore skill.
  • Can be consumed by Vampires to fulfill thirst instead of drinking from Sims.
Wolfsbane This flower is nothing special in its raw form. When used as an ingredient in food and drink it will affect the nocturnally oriented. Uncommon 6 21 36h
  • Can be purchased online by leveling your Vampire Lore skill.
Sixam Mosquito Trap Non-edible and hard to find. It is rumored these seeds are carried by the mosquitos who escape the plant’s trap. Uncommon 8 50 180h
  • Can be purchased online by leveling your Vampire Lore skill.
Fang Flower This alien flower has quite the defense mechanism. It looks like it wants to bite you. Uncommon 10 50 120h
  • Is only found on the Sixam secret lot.
Glow Orb Stare into this orb indefinitely, we dare you. It’s absolutely mesmerizing, isn’t it? Rare 20 100 96h
  • Is only found on the Sixam secret lot.
Quill Fruit This Quill Fruit is hard to handle let alone comfortably carry in your pocket. Impressive! Rare 20 100 72h
  • Is only found on the Sixam secret lot.
Catnip Catnip will boost your cat’s energy making them insanely hyper! 2 14 2h
  • Found around Brindleton Bay.
Madnip Madnip will make your cats enraged with pure anger! 2 14 2h
  • Found around Brindleton Bay.
Napnip Napnip will help calm your cat and put them to sleep. 2 14 2h
  • Found around Brindleton Bay.
Nuzzlenip Nuzzlenip will make your cat friskier than usual. 3 16 2h
  • Found around Brindleton Bay.
Avocado Avocados are delicious vegetables! Er… delicious fruits? Well, whatever the correct classification it sure is good on toast! Uncommon 8 42 46h
  • Found around Selvadorada
Black Bean Black Beans are super nutritious and good for Sims. Additionally, they are very versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes. Common 4 18 12h
  • Found around Selvadorada
Merry Berries Happy little berries make for a happy little Sim. Just pop one in your mouth and try not to smile. I dare you. Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Gutsberries These berries instill a sense of confidence in a Sim. Eat a bunch and you’ll get the guts for the most dangerous social maneuvers. Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Vimberries These berries will get a Sim moving! Full of vim and vigor, nothing else gets you energized so quickly. And they’re delicious to boot! A win-win! Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Flutterberries

Be very careful around these berries. They will set your heart aflutter and can cause immediate flirtiness. Be aware of nearby Sims when consuming this fruit.

Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Cereberries A quick handful of these berries will focus a Sim like a laser beam! Great for snacking during homework or when you just want to be able to concentrate. Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Museberries Writer’s block? Struggling to solidify that spark of a great idea? Fear not, because around this fruit you’re a bite away from a mouthful of inspiration Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Razzleberries These yummy berries are squishy and juicy. One taste will remind Sims of their childhood and cause playful tendencies. Rare 10 48 24h
  • Found around Selvadorada
  • Grown off of the Tree of Emotions
Begonia Begonia flowers can mean caution, but they stand out in a garden. Uncommon 23 63 24h
Christmas Rose While not actually a rose, this Christmas Rose is a star-shaped flower that is gorgeous at all times. Uncommon 11 39 24h
Crocus Crocus flowers share glee and cheer through their bloom. Uncommon 9 25 24h
Dahlia Dahlias have their own unique look and the blossoms revel in being different. Uncommon 13 47 24h
Holly A sprig of holly leaves and berries brings a touch of Winterfest anywhere. Common 3 8 24h
Snowdrop Snowdrops look like a little bit of snow suspended in the air. Uncommon 4 13 24h
Green Bean A perfect vegetable to eat at any time, hot or cold. Uncommon 7 18 24h
Bell Pepper Perfectly ripe and sharp taste that can be eaten alone for a little spice. Common 2 8 24h
Green Peas That green vegetable that all Sims learn to eat when they’re young. Common 2 8 24h
Money Fruit This “fruit” is not for eating but will bring splendors to any Sim who plants it. Rare 1,280 4,445 12h
  • Purchased using Satisfaction Points in the Reward Store.
  • Can not be harvested, has to be sold directly from the tree.
Bizarre Fruit This Bizarre Fruit has an ominous glow to it. As if it contains some living spore… This thing should probably not be eaten. Rare 1 9
  • Can be purchased from Erwin Pries at the Curio Shop.
  • May be given by a StrangerVille Welcome Wagon.
  • After opening the first gate in The Secret laboratory, plants around StrangerVille will grow into the mature stage and after talking with them will give the fruit.
  • Mother Plant can give the fruit if sim’s relationship with her is neutral
Kava Root Found in the Sulani Islands, fresh Kava Roots are used to improve a drink best served for social events.

Kava Roots may seasonally be available in Spring and Summer.

Uncommon 3 17
  • Found growing on Wild Plants around Sulani.
  • Purchasable from local vendors.
Coconut If you’re willing to make the effort to crack the hard husk, you’ll be rewarded with creamy fruit and juice inside.
Coconuts may seasonally be available in Spring and Summer.
Uncommon 3 13
  • Found growing on Wild Plants around Sulani.
  • Purchasable from local vendors.
Pineapple You can forgive the misleading name as if apples grew on pine trees.

Pineapple may seasonally be available in Spring and Summer.

Rare 3 20
  • Found growing on Wild Plants around Sulani.
  • Purchasable from local vendors.
Taro Root Don’t eat this raw! Boil, fry, mash, or bake this starchy tuber for a slightly earthy and sweet taste.
Taro may seasonally be available in Spring and Summer.
Common 1 6
  • Found growing on Wild Plants around Sulani.
  • Purchasable from local vendors.
Mandrake Root Common 1 6
  • Found growing in The Magic Realm.
  • Purchasable from vendors at Casters Alley.
Valerian Root Common 1 6
  • Found growing in The Magic Realm.
  • Purchasable from vendors at Casters Alley.

RewardEdit

Harvesting one of every base game plant, except the death flower and plantain, will complete the gardening collection and award the “Go, Green Thumbs!” plaque. Plants from various expansions are shown in it, but are not required to complete the gardening collection.

Image Description Value
At the behest of the local community, the Sim Gardening Society has decided to reward you for your impressive collection of flora both grown and pinched. No longer will you have to sneak surreptitiously behind your neighbor’s yard in search for that one last plant – you now have them all! §0

Note The Death Flower, all four variety of catnip, and the Sixam Mosquito Trap are not shown in the gardening collection.

Seed packetsEdit

Seed packets can be bought at a computer or, as of Patch 68, directly from build mode under the Outdoor Activities category. However, Vampire Lore Seed Packets must be bought from computers or garden plots. The Growfruit packet is currently unavailable.

Image Seed Packet Name Price Contains EP
Starter Flowers §35 Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy , Holly
Starter Fruits §35 Apple, Grapes, Plantain
Starter Herbs §35 Basil, Parsley, Sage
Starter Vegetables §35 Carrot, Mushroom, Spinach, Bell Pepper , Green Pea , Taro Root
Farmer Flowers and Fruit §75 Apple, Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Grapes, Holly, Plantain, Strawberry
Farmer Veggies and Herbs §75

Basil, Bell Pepper, Carrot, Green Pea, Mushroom, Parsley, Sage, Spinach, Taro Root

Uncommon Plants §250 Blackberry, Bonsai Buds, Cherry, Lily, Rose, Spinach, Tomato, Trash Fruit, Avocado, Black Beans , Christmas Rose , Snowdrop , Coconut, Pineapple, Taro Root
Rare Plants §1000 Angry Magic Bean, Confident Magic Bean, Cow Berry, Dragon Fruit, Death Flower, Flirty Magic Bean, Growfruit, Orchid, Playful Magic Bean, Pomegranate, Sad Magic Bean, Uncomfortable Magic Bean, Bird of Paradise
Starter Growfruit §20 Growfruit
Garlic Seeds §100 Garlic
Wolfsbane Seeds §250 Wolfsbane
Plasma Fruit Seeds §300 Plasma Fruit
Sixam Mosquito Trap Seeds §75 Sixam Trap Mosquito
Catnip Herb Packet §25 Catnip, Madnip, Napnip, Nuzzlenip
Seasonal Summer Plants §100 Basil, Blackberry, Cherry, Lemon, Plantain, Bell Pepper, Green Bean, Begonia
Seasonal Fall Plants §100 Apple, Lemon, Pear, Onion, Carrot, Green Bean, Grape, Rose, Snapdragon, Begonia, Dahlia
Seasonal Winter Plants §100 Lemon, Pear, Onion, Spinach, Crocus, Holly, Snow Drop, Christmas Rose, Potato
Seasonal Spring Plants §100 Lemon, Strawberry, Carrot, Green Pea, Daisy, Bluebell, Rose, Snapdragon, Crocus, Tulip
Pack of Bizarre Seeds §10 Bizarre Fruit

TriviaEdit

  • There is an earlier version of the cow berry left in the files called the cow flower.
  • In The Sims 4: Seasons, plants will bloom in spring.
  • Every harvestable has an unused seed version.
    • This can be seen when the player activates bb.showhiddenobjects and places the selected harvestable. The seed will be placed and then convert to its harvestable version almost instantly.

GalleryEdit

A Seed before being placedThe unused Cow FlowerUnused Seed PacketUnused Tree PacketUnused Bush PacketUnused Flower Packet
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Hey guys! I recently released an article showing you how to extract the Object IDs out of your games. Now using that information, I was able to compile the below list of plant object IDs that you can use to spawn the seeds. I needed this information for the Garden Club I am making that will use a community garden (park) as their meeting location.

How to use these cheat codes, you have to go into build mode on an active lot. Then you type in your cheat following the example below.

Example:

A word of warning, items will spawn close to your Sim so I like to move her into the center of the lot. Be sure to always save before spawning items because they can show up outside your lot. Use these cheats with caution because they could break your game.

  • Apple 0x55B3
  • Basil 0xB2A4
  • Bird of Paradise 0x5B9F
  • Blackberry 0x5B8E
  • Blue Bells 0x5B9D
  • Bonsai Buds 0xB2C7
  • Carrot 0xB0F3
  • Chamomile 0x1025F
  • Chamomile (Toxic) 0x1071C
  • Cherry 0x57C3
  • Chrysanthemum 0x5B9B
  • Cowberry 0x93E2
  • Daisy 0x5899
  • Death Flower 0x1010C
  • Dragonfruit 0x5B90
  • Elderberry 0x1025C
  • Elderberry (Noxious) 0x10723
  • Fang Flower 0x11AC1
  • Fireleaf 0x102A0
  • Fireleaf (Poison) 0x10725
  • Glow Orb 0x11AC3
  • Grapes 0x5B92
  • Huckleberry 0x107E4
  • Lemon 0x57C2
  • Lily 0x5B9A
  • Morel Mushroom 0x10261
  • Morel Mushroom (False) 0x10724
  • Muckleberry 0x107E5
  • Mushroom 0xB0FF
  • Onion 0xB53C
  • Orchid 0x5B9C
  • Parsley 0xB2A6
  • Pear 0x5B95
  • Plantain 0x57C4
  • Pomegranate 0x5B8F
  • Potato 0xB0EF
  • Quill Fruit 0x11AC7
  • Rose 0x5B97
  • Sage 0xB2A8
  • Snapdragon 0x55A6
  • Spinach 0xB961
  • Strawberry 0x5B8D
  • Tomato 0xB500
  • Trash Fruit 0x5FAE
  • Tulip 0x5B98
  • U.F.O. 0x7151

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Q: What Do Young Strawberry Plants Look Like?

J fox asked:

I have a few strawberry plants that have sent out some runners but the new plants don’t look much like the mothers? is this normal? should I remove the new plants? will they look more “normal” later?

Answer to: What Do Young Strawberry Plants Look Like?

j fox,

Thanks for stopping by Strawberry Plants .org! It is fairly common for young runner plants to look different from the mother plants at any given age. Often, the leaves will be a lighter green and will look more “jagged” than the older, more mature leaves on the mother plant. However, the runner plants are exactly the same as the mother plants genetically. Because of this, if you let them grow, they will carry the same genetic material and manifest all the same traits as the mother plants (and will eventually look almost identical). Remember, the mother plants usually have a good bit of growing done ahead of the clone plants. Because of this, the clone plants will look like the mother plants used to look when they were that age, and the mother plants will look like the clone plants are going to look when they get to be that age. So, to be more direct: yes, slight appearance variation is normal, and they will look more “normal” later on. As to whether or not you should transplant them, that depends. You can read the page on Transplanting Strawberries for help there!

What Weeds Look Like Strawberry Plants?

The Shape of a Strawberry

Before you can identify weeds, you must know what the real thing looks like. Strawberries are perennial plants that grow in USDA Zone 3 to 11. They have basal leaves (leaves at the bottom only) composed of three leaflets to one stem. The edges are serrated. Flowers are usually white, with five to eight petals and an ivory to cream center. The fruits are easily recognizable – red and heart-shaped, with small surface seeds. The plants spread by offshoots called runners.

The Most Common Weeds

Weeds that can look like strawberries may be members of the same family or completely unrelated. Here are the once you’re most likely to see in your garden:

  • Cinquefoils, also known as the barren strawberry; inedible fruits.
  • Wild Strawberries; edible fruits but not very sweet or palatable.
  • Mock Strawberries; bland to bitter fruits.
  • Wood Strawberries; invasive but sometimes used as a groundcover.

Recognizing Weeds

Cinquefoils can be the hardest to recognize as they are very similar in appearance. However, their fruits are often rounded rather than heart-shaped. Wild strawberries have much smaller fruits than garden strawberries. True strawberries have white or pink flowers, while wild strawberry plants produce yellow flowers. Sometimes the only way to make an identification is to let them develop fruit.

Why to Eliminate These Weeds

While some people use these plants as groundcovers, most people prefer to avoid them in favor of other choices. These weeds are typically invasive – especially the mock and wood strawberries. They can easily take over a flower or garden bed by throwing out runners that root and quickly form new plants. They will also grow readily in lawns. Fragile plants can’t withstand them, although they may be all right in a shrubbery bed.

How to Eliminate Weeds

There are really only two ways to get rid of these weeds once they show up. The first is to sterilize the soil by covering it with heavy clear plastic. Pin or weight down and let the sunlight bake the plants for a week or more. Rake well, removing all debris to prevent regrowth. The second is to pull them up by hand, one plant at a time. Burn the debris. If you compost it, you may have the weeds in the compost pile.

Weed That Looks Like Strawberry Plant: #3 Is 1 Of The Most Invasive

A lot of us love to eat strawberries especially when they are in season. While in most areas, strawberries can be quite expensive, there are those who can simply grow them in their own greenhouses. Strawberries are also known to grow unexpectedly in many areas with the help of some animals.

With that in mind, there is no wonder why many gardeners or homeowners will get very excited as soon as they see what looks like strawberry plants growing and thriving in their garden. Unfortunately, there are weeds that can easily trick your eyes simply because they look very much like strawberry plants.

Strawberries typically have basal leaves and they usually grow through runners. Weeds that look like strawberry plants on the other hand, will tend to develop branches and grow vertically or upright. There are also weeds that can look very much like strawberries simply because they are closely related to it.

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Weed That Looks Like Strawberry Plant: #3 Is 1 Of The Most Invasive

#1 The Cinquefoils

Belonging to the Potentilla genus that is made up of as much as 300 plants, they are commonly found in North America as well as in other Northern continents of the world. Typically, cinquefoils can have palmate leaves. They can also have 3 – 15 leaflets that are arranged pinnately.

They look like real strawberries and their leaves can look identical at first glance. This plant can also have white flowers that look very similar to the ones that true strawberries have. And to top it all off, it can also bear fleshy, strawberry-shaped fruits.

Unfortunately, the fruits that this plant can produce are actually very dry and they are inedible. This is why the potentilla or the cinquefoil is also known as the barren strawberry. The fruits of this weed should not be consumed and you should try to remove it right away so you can keep your kids safe.

#2 The Wild Strawberries

This plant is considered a weed and it is not capable of producing the same type of strawberries that we are used to buying in the market or grocery store. However, the wild strawberry is actually one of the plants used to develop the strawberry plants that are grow commercially today.

Wild strawberries can actually grow unexpectedly in your garden with the help of birds and other animals that consume its very small fruits. As the parent plant, the wild strawberry has very similar characteristics to true strawberries especially when it comes to the appearance of its leaves and flowers.

The main difference however is that its fruits look more like miniature strawberries when compared to the ones that we are used to eating. Many gardeners will want to dispose of them since this plant can grow all over the place and its fruits are not that sweet or palatable.

#3 The Mock Strawberries

This plant is also another close family of the cinquefoils. This plant closely resembles both real strawberries as well as the wild strawberries. As a matter of fact, the only way that you can tell them apart is by looking at the color of its flowers.

This plant can invade other territories on a perennial basis and it can also survive the winter. While true strawberries and even wild strawberries produce white or reddish flowers, the mock strawberry on the other hand, will have yellow flowers.

This plant is known to look very much like true strawberries simply because it can produce green leaves that are trifoliate and because it can also produce runners. This plant is recognized as a trickster plant simply because it can easily fool inexperienced gardeners into thinking that it is a true strawberry plant.

It can also produce fruits that can look very much like strawberries at first glance. However, upon close inspection, you will be able to see that there is a huge difference in its actual appearance. This plant is also known to produce false strawberries, Indian strawberries or snake berries.

The reason why they are considered weeds is because the fruits that it produces are bitter or bland and they have no value whatsoever. Although the plant can be used as ground cover, many gardeners feel that there are far better options for that purpose than the mock strawberry plant.

As a native plant from Southern and Eastern Asia, this plant is considered in the U.S. as an invasive weed. Although it does not produce poisonous fruits, you should still consider removing this plant from your property before it starts to grow near your valuable plants.

#4 The Wood Strawberry

This plant is another very close relative of the typical strawberry. Also known as the Fragaria vesca, this plant closely resembles the true strawberry plant when it comes to the appearance of its leaves and flowers. This plant can also grow through runners and it can usually be found in California.

This is why it is also called the California strawberry. What makes it different from true strawberries is that it can sometimes produce flowers that have white petals but yellow centers. This plant can also be used as ground covers especially in areas with a USDA plant hardiness of 5 – 9.

This plant is considered by many as a weed simply because it is actually quite invasive. It can easily spread all over your property especially if you do not routinely prune the plant’s runners. It can also produce fruits that closely resemble the true strawberry. However, its taste is not particularly good.

However, you might be able to find specific cultivars of the wood strawberry that can bear fruits that have a decent taste. If you are lucky enough to have them growing in your property, you can choose to allow this plant to grow. If not, you will have to get rid of them by using herbicides.

Conclusion

Strawberries can easily be spread to different areas with the help of different animals that are attracted to its distinctly sweet and juicy taste. The animals can take the fruits to different locations and they can also spread it through their poop. This is why it can grow in different places unexpectedly.

Whenever you think that a strawberry plant is growing in your property, the first thing that you need to do is to take a closer look at its leaves. This is because a true strawberry plant fill have toothed, trifoliate leaves and instead of growing upright, it will actually use runners to cover more ground.

If you still cannot identify it, you can let it grow for a couple more days until it produces flowers. If you can see white flowers, then you are in luck since it might actually be a true strawberry. If it produces yellow flowers on the other hand, then sadly, you might have a weed problem in your property instead.

Typically, true strawberries will be able to produce white flowers with large fruits. The fruit should also have a distinctly sweet flavor when ripe. If the fruit is bland or sour or if they are too small, there is a chance that you have wild strawberries growing in your area.

How to Get Strawberries in The Sims 4

While your sim is pregnant in The Sims 4, there are a couple ways you can influence the sex of the baby instead of leaving it to a 50/50 chance. Eating strawberries is one such method of influencing their genders, so here’s how to get Strawberries in The Sims 4.

However, if you are hoping for a female baby you might notice the fruit is actually kind of hard to come by. You can’t find them in the fridge, and they aren’t growing naturally on your lot.

Well, have no fear as there are actually a few different ways to come across strawberries in The Sims 4 and here’s how.

Firstly, you can go to a community lot and find strawberry bushes growing in the wild. They are a common plant, but you are most likely to stumble across them in park lots. More specifically, Willow Creek seems to have quite a lot of strawberries growing around its lots.

Another way is to go to shops to purchase them from a vendor. If you have the expansion pack City Living, there is a seller in the art area of San Myshuno where you can get some strawberries for §8. If you are willing to pay even more, you can purchase a Produce Stand for your lot and hire a vendor to open it for §100 so you can purchase strawberries then and there, along with 14 other fruits and vegetable options including carrots if you are going for a male baby instead.

Finally, if you have the Seasons expansion, you can purchase the Seasonal Spring Plants seed pack as these have a fairly likely chance of producing the fruit so you won’t have to explore a bunch of lots to find seeds for planting.

As a reminder of different ways you can influence gender in Sims 4, here’s a recap of what activities/foods affect the outcome:

  • To have a female baby: Listen to pop music and eat strawberries.
  • To have a male baby: Listen to alternative music and eat carrots.

that does it for how to get Strawberries in The Sims 4. For even more stuff to do in the game, check out our huge top 150 list of mods you can’t plays Sims 4 without.

TLDR;

Question: How do you get Strawberries in The Sims 4?

Answer: Go to a community lot and find strawberry bushes growing in the wild or purchase them from a vendor.

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Gardening
Sims harvesting and watering eggplants.

Not to be confused with Garden.

True gardening (that is, gardening that requires tending to harvestable plants) was introduced in The Sims: Unleashed, where Sims could grow their own vegetables in their gardens. This feature also appears in The Sims 2: Seasons, The Sims 3, and The Sims 4.

The Sims: UnleashedEdit

True gardening was introduced in The Sims: Unleashed, where Sims could grow their own vegetables in their gardens. First of all, a player needs to buy at least one plot in which to plant seeds (it’s the Insta-Plot Victory Garden, which can be found in the Plant Tool section of Build Mode for §65). Then, the player needs to send a Sim to a community lot that has a seed rack, and have that Sim buy seeds. (Custer’s Market in Old Town is designed as a one-stop gardening center, but other lots will have seed racks.). After buying seeds, the Sim who bought them can plant them. Click on an empty garden plot, and if a Sim has seeds in inventory, the option to plant them will appear. However, that’s the easy part; they need watering frequently, and will often need weeding. (At times, a dog may “water” a plot, but this is not something which can be relied upon.) After a few days, they should be ready for harvesting, after which they can be stored in a pantry so they can be eaten, or taken to a lot which has the Vegano Market Cart so they can be sold. (By default, Custer’s Market has one.) Green beans and tomatoes will continue to produce as long as garden pests don’t get to them, but lettuce and carrots will need to be replanted after harvesting.

However, there are a few things that can endanger a crop-growing business. For a start, Sims can purchase plant tonic from Gardener Bob in Old Town. Using it on a plot may make it produce more, or even result in giant vegetables, which bring a high price at market – but there’s also is a chance that it will kill the plants instead. Additionally, there are various pests, such as rabbits and gophers, that will try to eat the plants. They can be controlled by buying a cat, which can chase off any small mammals that come into a garden, or by buying a scarecrow (which is in the Sculptures section of the Decorative category in Buy Mode).

The Sims: Makin’ Magic introduces a new plot (As the Plot Thickens), which allows the growth of grapes and elderberries (which can be purchased from Magic Town). Unleashed plants cannot be planted in it.

The Sims 2: SeasonsEdit

True gardening was reintroduced into the Sims world with The Sims 2: Seasons. In this version, not many aspects of gardening have changed, though there are no longer rabbits and gophers to worry about. The primary difference is that gardening is now a talent that Sims can improve with experience. The higher the talent badge the gardening Sim has, the easier it is to grow crops.

Planting seeds requires a gardening plot that can be bought for §10 in the Build mode’s Gardening Center. The plot can then be fertilized with a bag of fertilizer (§10) or compost (free with a compost bin). The plot does not have to be fertilized, but fertilizing yields better results. Next plant a seed. Sims no longer need to travel to community lots to buy seeds, but they are charged for them. After planting a seed, water it, tend it, and spray it with pesticides until it is ready to be harvested.

Note A Gardening plot requires at least a minimum of 2×2 of open space. Enclosing it with walls or objects tighter than that will cause routing failure to any Sim that attempts to tend the plot.

Sprinklers can be bought in Build mode’s Gardening Center. A sprinkler can cover 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or 360 degrees. When the game is in Buy mode or Build mode, the area a sprinkler covers will be marked by a transparent green dome; if any part of the dome touches a square, plants in that square will be watered. Sprinklers will not overwater plants, but plants can still be overwatered if it rains.

Players should note that active sprinklers are graphically intensive, and can cause lagging. A mod by Numenor at Mod the Sims can prevent this by making the water from sprinklers invisible.

Sims will need to spray plants when they become infested with bugs in order to keep them healthy. While the spray will reduce a plant’s health, the effects of the spray are less than those of the bugs. Placing a ladybug loft within two tiles of the crop reduces the frequency of bug infestation. Sims (excluding Servos) that spray plants enough times may become PlantSims.

Sims can grow apples, oranges, and lemons by planting orchard trees, which cost §1200. Orchard trees are bought “as is” from Build mode’s Gardening Center rather than grown from seeds. They do not require fertilizer or water, but do require occasional tending and can be infested with bugs. When a plant is ready to be harvested, clicking “Harvest” will put the fruit and vegetables in the Sim’s inventory to be stocked in a fridge or juicer. Once a fridge is stocked, food made from that fridge will have sparkles around it (meaning it was made with homegrown fruit and veggies). It gives Sims a comfort boost as well as filling their hunger quicker than normal. When Sims eat this food, players will need to watch their hunger bars so they don’t overeat and lose fitness. However, if the player doesn’t let them overeat and is careful about having them store leftovers, gardening can help Sims’ grocery purchases go farther.

Clicking on “Sell Produce” will automatically sell the produce for Simoleons. If Open for Business is installed, homegrown fruit and vegetables can be placed on sale.

Sims can join the Garden Club to get a discount on fertilizer and seeds. Garden Club members get a §2 discount on tomato seeds, a §5 discount on eggplant seeds, and a §3 discount on everything else.

GreenhousesEdit

Players can build greenhouses by using special walls, doors, and roofs which are available from Build mode’s Gardening Center. Greenhouses can protect plants and trees from bugs and weather, and allow garden plants to be grown in Winter. While orchard trees cannot be placed indoors, they can be enclosed in a greenhouse by building the greenhouse around them, although they will still eventually go dormant in the winter.

Talent badgesEdit

None Sims can grow tomatoes (§8) and have orchard trees (§1200). Bronze Sims can grow strawberries (§12) and cucumbers (§12). Silver Sims can grow peppers (§16) and pole beans (§16). Some players have reported that eggplants can also be grown with a Silver badge. Gold Sims can talk to their plants to increase their health and grow eggplants (§20).

When Sims with higher Talent badges tend plants, the plants don’t need to be tended as often.

A gardener will usually, but not always, have a bronze badge. A PlantSim will automatically have a gold badge.

Planting/Harvest SeasonsEdit

Plants can be planted in any season, so long as they will become harvestable before Winter begins. However, each type of plant has an optimum harvest season, and will yield more if harvested in that season.

Tomatoes plant seeds no later than the 5th day of Summer, by 5pm. They will take 5 days and 6 hours to harvest. Strawberries plant seeds no later than the 5th day of Spring, by 5pm. They will take 5 days and 6 hours to harvest. Pole Beans plant seeds no later than the 5th day of Summer, by 11pm. They will take 4 days and 9 hours to harvest. Peppers plant seeds no later than the 4th day of Spring, by 8pm. They will take 6 days and 3 hours to harvest. Cucumbers plant seeds no later than the 5th day of Summer, by 11pm. They will take 4 days and 9 hours to harvest. Eggplants plant seeds no later than the 4th day of Spring, by 8pm. They will take 6 days and 3 hours to harvest.

Harvest RatingsEdit

Caring for plants and trees affects their health level and affects the “rating” of their produce. When a plant’s needs are perfectly met, they will have a health level of “Thriving”, which will produce a “Mouthwatering” harvest. The highest rating is Mouthwatering, the middle rating is Tasty, and the lowest rating is Bland. This rating will not only affect how much the produce will sell for, but how many “Fresh Food Points” it will add to a fridge, and how effective juice made from it will be. If the Sim has a Gold Garden Badge, the player can click on plants or trees and have the Sims “Talk To” them. When they use the “Talk To” option on plants and trees, their health level will increase.

Mouthwatering crops and the amount of fresh food points they add

Crop Amount of fresh food point
Tomato 3
Strawberry 6
Pole bean 6
Pepper 3
Cucumber 6
Eggplant 9
Lemon 3
Orange 3
Apple 6

With Testingcheatsenabled, a player can shift+click plants and choose “Make Harvestable”. The plant will be “Thriving” and will have fruit on it with the rating, Mouthwatering.

Messages Edit

Bronze Congratulations! Digging in the dirt isn’t so hard after all and has earned a Bronze Gardening Talent Badge! Silver All that time planting seeds and pulling weeds has yielded great results! has earned a Silver Gardening Talent Badge! Gold Talk about a green thumb! has learned to understand the secret language of plants and all that work has produced a Gold Gardening Talent Badge!

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The Sims 3 Edit

Main article: Gardening (The Sims 3)

Gardening is a skill in The Sims 3, and is introduced in the base game. The skill is augmented by the Green Thumb, and Gatherer traits, as well as the Super Green Thumb lifetime reward.

Abilities Edit

Level Ability
1 Given seeds: Lettuce, Apple, Grape and Tomato
2 Weed
3 Fertilize
5 Plant Uncommon
6 Revive Plants (with Green Thumb trait)
7 Plant Rare and Special seeds
8 Plant Cheese and Eggs (via Skill Opportunities)
9 Plant Burger Patty and Steaks (via Skill Opportunities)
10 Plant Omni Plant seeds (via Skill Opportunities)

Challenges Edit

Master Planter A Master Planter must plant every type of plant that can be planted in the game. Once you have mastered the varieties you will be able to reduce weed growth significantly on future plants. Note: 19 types total, ca. 5.2% per type Botanical Boss Botanical Boss must harvest at least 75 Perfect fruits and vegetables. After so many Perfect harvestables, the plants of Botanical Bosses almost never die from neglect. Master Farmer Master Farmers have harvested at least 650 fruits and vegetables. The plants of Master Farmers remain watered and fertilized longer, meaning their gardens are more efficient.

The Sims 4Edit

Main article: Gardening (The Sims 4)

In The Sims 4, Sims can acquire the gardening skill at any time. Players must purchase planter boxes in build mode before they can purchase and plant seeds. The seeds will then germinate into whatever flowers, herbs, fruits, or vegetables that the Sim bought.

Sims need to water their plants in order to speed up their growth. Sims can hire a professional gardener if they don’t feel like doing it themselves. Dry patches are of a light brown color, while watered patches are dark brown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://modthesims.info/t/483276
  2. A mod at Mod The Sims allows orchard trees to continue to remain active during the winter provided that they are located in a greenhouse. Orchard trees not in a greenhouse will still go dormant.

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