Crop running

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Crop running, sometimes referred to as farm running, is the act of visiting farming locations in sequence to efficiently harvest crops. Crop running can be combined with activities such as item alchemising or bolt fletching. Crop running is the most effective way to gain Farming experience, compared to waiting for growing crops to complete.

Even though all farming locations can be reached on foot, or by boat, it may, especially with high Farming levels, be worth obtaining teleports. Lunar Magic is available for higher level users and is helpful for its Fishing Guild teleport, as well as the Cure Plant and Fertile Soil spells. These spells are available between Magic levels 66 and 83, following completion of the Lunar Diplomacy quest.

Recommended quests[edit | edit source]

Recommended magical items[edit | edit source]

Vegetable run[edit | edit source]

Even though vegetables are the first seeds a player is able to plant, vegetable runs are generally not practical for low-level players. Vegetable runs are most effective for players with the ability to rapidly move across RuneScape by various means of teleporting. Each run can be performed approximately every 40 minutes. For a comparison of allotment seeds, see the seed table.

See Allotment patch locations and details about RuneScape's allotments.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Required for each location you plan to visit:

Optional:

Vegetable run sequence (teleporting)[edit | edit source]

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

  • Teleport to Falador and run south-east of Falador to the allotment patch
    • Alternatively you can teleport to Draynor with an Amulet of glory and run north-west.
    • With the new Achievement Diary update, you can now use an Explorer's ring 2 or better to teleport to the cabbage patch a few steps south from the allotment.
  • Farm the allotment patch.
  • Use the harvested items on the Tool leprechaun to exchange them for bank notes (repeat this at each farming patch).
  • Use the Ectophial to teleport to Port Phasmatys.
  • Farm the allotment patch that is west of Port Phasmatys.
  • Teleport to Ardougne (or to the Fishing Guild using the skills necklace, or Ranging Guild using a combat bracelet).
  • Farm the allotment patch that is in Hemenster, north of Ardougne.
  • Teleport to Catherby and run east to the allotment patch.
  • Farm the allotment patch that is north of Catherby.
  • Run south to the bank at Catherby and deposit all of your harvest.

Vegetable run sequence (Fairy Rings)[edit | edit source]

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

  • Teleport to Falador and run to the allotment patch south-east of its perimeter, or teleport to Draynor via glory amulet and run north-west.
  • Farm the allotment patch.
  • Keep this compost bin busy at all times - get enough buckets that you can empty it as soon as it becomes full, and fill it with compostable material, such as cabbage, from the nearby field when it is empty.
  • Run south to the fairy ring behind the wizard's tower, use it, from the fairy kingdom use the fairy ring again to the Legends' Guild (code BLR)
  • Run west to the allotment patch north of East Ardougne and farm it.
    • An alternative route to this patch is to use a skills necklace to teleport to the Fishing Guild, then run east. This is shorter than running to the wizard's tower if you do not intend to check tree patches.
  • Run north-east to the allotment patch that is north of Catherby and farm it (or teleport to Camelot and simply run east from there).
  • Teleport using the ectophial, and run west to the allotment patch.
  • If you have agility level 21, you can use the fairy ring to get to Edgeville (code DKR) from the fairy ring to the south in the Haunted Woods.
  • Teleport back to the Falador allotment patch and repeat as needed.

Farm the vegetables[edit | edit source]

  • Remove watering can, and 2 buckets of compost (or supercompost) from the Tool leprechaun.
  • Harvest the crop.
    • If inventory becomes full from the harvest, use the harvest on the Tool leprechaun and he will note them in your inventory.
  • Treat soil with compost (use supercompost for sweetcorn and above).
  • Plant seeds and water them.
  • Return Farming tools to the Tool leprechaun.
  • Pay gardener (if not protected with a flower or scarecrow).

Recommended Seeds[edit | edit source]

When farming for experience, one should plant the highest level seeds which are available; however, some players may find that some seeds are too expensive for the returned experience.

Farming level Allotment Flower Herb Hops Tree Fruit Tree Notes
20 Farming icon.png Tomatoes Marigolds to protect your tomatoes Tarromin Yanillian hops Oak tree Apple tree

Sweetcorn gives more experience than tomatoes, but it's more expensive and more difficult to grow.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):

Fill the basket with tomatoes at one of the patches prior to reaching your hops patch.

31 Farming icon.png Strawberry seeds Woad seeds Harralander seeds Wildblood seeds Willow tree seeds Apple seed Gout tuber gives more experience than harralander, but is prohibitively expensive.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

  • Apple tree sapling per fruit tree patch
  • Willow tree sapling per tree patch
  • 9 raw sweetcorn to pay for protection for your apple tree
  • 1 basket of apples to pay for protection for your willow tree
  • 1 basket of apples per allotment patch to pay for protection for your strawberries (while waiting for your apple tree to mature)

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):

Fill the baskets with apples for your next run, to pay for protection for your strawberries.

Hop run[edit | edit source]

Hops patches are often not as conveniently located near teleport locations as allotment patches, and have only one patch to farm. That being said, certain crops such as Yanillian hops and Jute fibre can net some decent profit for such low level Farming.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Hops run sequence[edit | edit source]

  • Start with the items for all four patches in your inventory.
  • Teleport to Camelot or use the combat bracelet to the Ranging Guild, and run to patch north of McGrubor's Wood and farm it.
  • Teleport to the Champions' Guild with the Chronicle or teleport to Varrock and farm the hops patch.
  • Teleport to Yanille and farm the hops patch along the northern wall of the town.
  • Teleport to Draynor by using the amulet of glory. Deposit items that are not able to go to Entrana then run to Port Sarim and ask monks to take you to Entrana.
    • Alternatively, use ring of dueling to teleport to Castle Wars, bank all items that are not able to go to Entrana, withdraw 1 set of normal logs and use the Balloon Transport System to travel to Entrana. The balloon pad is next to the hops patch.
  • Farm the hops patch in Entrana.
  • Bank your harvest!

Farm the hops[edit | edit source]

Herb run[edit | edit source]

Herb runs can be completed during vegetable and flower runs as there is one herb patch per allotment location. A herb-only run can take between five and ten minutes. Leprechauns can exchange herbs for notes to save inventory space. A disease-free herb patch can be found atop the Troll Stronghold following the completion of My Arm's Big Adventure.

A player may wish to bring extra supplies for additional trips following a completed run, after a break of approximately 80 minutes. When the player logs in, he or she will immediately be at the herb patch ready to harvest and plant a new seed. Logging out at a herb patch minimises run time, thus, it may be most beneficial to log out at the Trollheim patch, followed by the Port Phasmatys patch.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Recommended[edit | edit source]

Herb run sequence[edit | edit source]

The patches can be harvested in any order:

  1. The fastest way to the patch is using the teleport option on an Explorer's ring 2 or better and running slightly north.
  2. Empty the Ectophial to Port Phasmatys and run west to the patches.
    • The fairy ring alq south of the patch can also be used as a faster alternative.
  3. The fastest way to the patch is using the farm teleport option on an Ardougne cloak 2 or better. This will teleport you directly to the patch.
    • Alternatively, one may also use a Combat bracelet to teleport to the Ranging Guild and run southeast, or teleport to the Fishing Guild using a skills necklace or with Lunar magic and run east.
    • Teleport to Ardougne and run northeast, or use the Fishing Guild teleport on a skills necklace and run east to reach the patch northeast of Ardougne.
  4. Teleport to Camelot and run east until reaching the patch north of Catherby. A longer but cheaper alternative is to run to Catherby from the Ardougne allotment.
  5. Teleport to Trollheim with Stony Basalt (requires Making Friends with My Arm). If you do not have access to Stony Basalt, then teleport to Trollheim (requires completion of Eadgar's Ruse) and use the agility shortcuts to the west. Continue through the aggressive trolls and into the stronghold. Run south to a door, and then north to a ladder. Climb up and run north to the patch (requires completion of My Arm's Big Adventure). If you have completed the hard Fremennik Diary, and also have 73 Agility, you should use the shortcut next to the entrance that leads directly to the patch).
    • A less click-heavy alternative to this route (requires Climbing boots) is to use the fairy ring code ajr to the Fremennik Slayer Dungeon entrance. Head north and then east to the secret door. Climbing boots are required to climb over the rocks. Enter the door, go to the other end of the troll jail, go up the stairs, go up the next stairs, and then proceed to patch - this route takes 10–15 seconds longer but teleport spells are not required.
  6. Teleport to the patch in Zeah by teleporting with the Xeric's talisman choosing the Xeric's Glade option and run south-east.
  7. Teleport to the Weiss herb patch with icy basalt. (requires completion of Making Friends with My Arm)
  8. Teleport to Harmony Island (patch requires completion of elite Morytania Diary) and run south a bit to the herb patch.
  9. With level 65 farming the herb patch in the farming guild can be used. Teleport to the farming guild with either the farming skill cape, or by using a skills necklace and run west.

Farming the herbs[edit | edit source]

  • Harvest the crop.
  • Treat soil with ultracompost, Lunar spell Fertile Soil, or compost (Ultracompost is highly recommended as it guarantees a minimum of 6 herbs compared to supercompost 5 or normal compost 4) .
  • Plant herb seed.
  • Use a herb on the Tool leprechaun to note them.
  • Swap empty buckets with the leprechaun for more compost or supercompost.
  • If the player used tools from the leprechaun, return Farming tools to it (on the last patch).

Tree run[edit | edit source]

All tree locations can be reached on foot; however, waiting for teleport tablets or use of teleports may prove beneficial. It is impractical to run to the patch in the Tree Gnome Stronghold. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Optional[edit | edit source]

  • Payments to gardeners (see seed table), or supercompost for yew trees as payment is very expensive.
  • Secateurs or magic secateurs if periodically checking trees (if user did not pay gardeners)
  • Teleport runes
  • Ring of dueling and log (for Taverley balloon)
  • Coins for charter ships or farming store supplies

Example tree run sequence[edit | edit source]

If the player has completed the Tree Gnome Village quest, he or she can use the spirit trees to travel to Tree Gnome Stronghold (highly recommended). If the player has completed Enlightened Journey, he or she can utilise the balloon transport system. The balloon is faster but not necessary.

  1. Begin at a Varrock bank and withdraw items for the trip. Players may choose to withdraw supplies only for one or two stops before withdrawing the next set of items, and deposit unnecessary items when near a bank.
  2. Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle courtyard tree patch.
  3. Use the spirit tree teleport in the north east corner of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Stronghold. Players with 21 Agility can use a shortcut underneath Varrock's wall.
  4. Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  5. Teleport to Falador and Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  6. Players that have completed the Enlightened Journey quest may teleport to Castle Wars and use the balloon to reach Taverley. Alternatively, one may teleport to Falador and run to Taverley or use Games necklace.
  7. Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  8. Teleport to Lumbridge and farm the tree patch west of the castle.
  9. If you have access to the Farming Guild, one may teleport there and farm the patch in the intermediate (west) wing.

Farm the tree[edit | edit source]

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Chop down tree with an axe.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.

Willow branch run[edit | edit source]

Willow branches cannot be harvested immediately after a willow tree has its health checked on. This run is used to harvest the willow branches and is performed in the same manner as a tree run. Best if performed 30 minutes after the willow tree's health has been checked on to yield 6 willow branches. This run yields very little Farming experience.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Willow tree run sequence[edit | edit source]

  • Similar to a normal tree run. Less banking is required though.

Example willow branch run sequence[edit | edit source]

Assumes completion of the Tree Gnome Village quest. Use a ring of dueling and a log to teleport to Castle Wars and ride the Balloon to Taverley.

  • Start off at the bank and withdraw (magic) secateurs.
  • Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle Courtyard tree patch and use the amulet of nature on the patch.
  • Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  • Deposit the harvest at the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank and withdraw methods to teleport to both Falador and Taverley if needed.
  • Teleport to Falador.
  • Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  • Teleport to Taverley.
  • Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  • Teleport to Lumbridge.
  • Farm the tree patch west of Lumbridge Castle.

Farm the willow branches[edit | edit source]

  • Requires the player to use the (magic) secateurs on the tree to obtain 1 willow branch. Typically, this is done 6 times per stop.

Fruit tree run[edit | edit source]

Fruit tree patches should be easily accessible to most players except for the one in Lletya (see Farming/Patch locations). Fruit trees take approx 15 hours to grow (includes time when not logged in). For all practical purposes, a fruit tree run is done once per day so you do not need to use an amulet of nature. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance. Since fruit tree runs are done daily, they are often done in conjunction with Calquat tree as Calquat trees are generally along the route.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

A fully grown apple tree.

Optional[edit | edit source]

Example fruit tree run sequence[edit | edit source]

  1. Begin at the Grand Exchange and withdraw items for the trip. Players may choose to withdraw supplies only for one or two stops before withdrawing the next set of items, and deposit unnecessary items when near a bank.
  2. Use the spirit tree teleport at the east of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  3. Farm the fruit tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  4. Deposit items at the bank if necessary.
  5. Use the spirit tree teleport to go to Tree Gnome Village. Talk to Elkoy to quickly take you through the maze, and farm the tree to the west of the maze.
  6. Teleport to Camelot or Catherby and run to the east end of Catherby to farm the tree patch.
  7. To reach the Brimhaven fruit tree patch:
    • Use the Teleport to House spell if the player's house is located in Brimhaven.
    • Use a spirit tree to teleport to Brimhaven if the player has planted a spirit tree there and run West.
    • Teleport to Ardougne, talk to Captain Barnaby to travel to Brimhaven via ship for 30 coins.
    • Use the charter ship from Catherby to Brimhaven for 480 coins.
    • Teleport to Karamja via Amulet of glory and run west.
  8. Farm the fruit tree at the patch north of Brimhaven, near the docks.
  9. (Optional) Run South cross the isthmus to the Calquat Patch and farm it.
  10. Teleport to Lletya by using a charged elf crystal. Farming this patch without the crystal is not recommended as the alternatives are traversing Underground Pass, or teleporting to the elf camp by elf teleport scroll and navigating the forest.

Farm the fruit tree[edit | edit source]

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Harvest the fruit (picked by hand).
  • Chop fruit tree.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.

Farm the Calquat tree[edit | edit source]

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Harvest the fruit (picked by hand).
  • Chop fruit tree.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay the gardener or use Ultracompost as calquat saplings are very cheap relative to their payment.

Bush run[edit | edit source]

Bush runs are efficiently performed by using fairy rings. They require the player to have started Fairytale II - Cure a Queen, but do not require completion – this means you do not need Farming level 49 or 57 Herblore.

Fastest run[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Alternately[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

  • Payments to gardener for each seed (see seeds)
  • Bush seeds
  • Ardougne, Falador, Varrock teleports
  • Dramen or Lunar staff
  • Amulet of glory
  • Teleport to Varrock and run south to the Champions' Guild
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Falador and run south to Rimmington
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Ardougne and run to south to bush patch.
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Rub your glory amulet and teleport to Edgeville.
  • Run to the fairy ring, and dial cip.
  • Run east to Etceteria.
  • Farm the bush patch.

Farm the bush patch[edit | edit source]

  • Check the health of the bush (if applicable).
  • Harvest the crop.
  • Clear the plot.
  • Plant the Bush seed.
  • Pay gardener.

Supercompost run[edit | edit source]

Supercompost runs are performed in the same manner as vegetable runs. Once supercompost runs are started, the buckets of supercompost can be stored with Tool leprechauns. Supercompost runs are not intended to train the Farming skill.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Supercompost run sequence[edit | edit source]

  • Start off with inventory full of buckets instead of the ingredients for the supercompost.
  • Teleport to Camelot and run east to the allotment patch just north of Catherby. Deposit the buckets with the Tool leprechaun.
  • Run south to the bank in Catherby and withdraw the 15 supercompost items.
  • Run back and farm the supercompost.
  • Teleport to Ardougne and run to the northern bank in East Ardougne and deposit the supercompost and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Farm the supercompost at the allotment patch that is in Hemenster.
  • Run back to the northern bank in East Ardougne, deposit the supercompost, and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Teleport to Falador and run south to the allotment patch.
    • Alternatively, teleport to Draynor Village and run north to this allotment patch.
  • Farm the supercompost.
    • Falador can be the last stop in the run for levels 1-30.
  • Use the Ectophial to teleport to Port Phasmatys, deposit the supercompost and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Farm the supercompost at the allotment patch that is west of Port Phasmatys.
  • Run back to the bank in Port Phasmatys and deposit the supercompost.

Farm the supercompost[edit | edit source]

  • Remove empty buckets from the Tool leprechaun until inventory is full.
  • Use an empty bucket on compost bin to fill them with supercompost.
    • To completely empty the compost bin, two trips to the Tool leprechaun will be needed.
  • Deposit buckets of supercompost with the Tool leprechaun and enough empty buckets to empty the compost bin.
  • Once again use an empty bucket on compost bin to fill buckets with supercompost.
  • Fill compost bin with supercompost ingredients.
  • Either deposit buckets of supercompost with the Tool leprechaun or withdraw them to sell.

See also[edit | edit source]