Farming training

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Gaining experience in the Farming skill begins with harvesting of allotmentshops, and herbs and later turns into crop running – checking on the health of trees and fruit trees. The fastest and most effective training in Farming requires the use of all the teleporting methods available to a player to farming patches across RuneScape. Additionally, the amulet of nature can be helpful while crop running as it will allow an aspiring farmer to keep tabs on farming patches. Lunar Magic is helpful for its Fishing Guild and Catherby teleports as well as its Cure Plant and Fertile Soil spells, all of which are available at 83 Magic after completion of the Lunar Diplomacy quest.

It is recommended that the player becomes familiar with the Farming skill and crop running pages.

It is also great to note that every player has their own methods of running to patches and training this skill. It is best for you to figure out the best path, the best seeds to plant, what you want to plant, what you can afford. Many players change their routine based on new transportation and items that come into the game. Focus on what works for you.

Helpful tips to remember[edit | edit source]

  • Add compost (regular, supercompost, or ultracompost) to any stage of the crop to increase the harvest yield and reduce the chance of the crop from becoming diseased and ultimately dying.
  • Watering allotment, flower, or hop patches with a watering can will eliminate the chance of disease in one growth cycle.
  • A full-grown flower will protect the appropriate growing allotment against all disease.
  • Trees, fruit trees, cactus, and calquats do not require compost if you are paying the farmer, since the crop yield is fixed.
  • Pay the farmer to look after your patches to avoid the crops dying from diseases. By going into the farming skill window, you are able to see what the payments are needed. In addition, farmers take payment noted saving your inventory room.
  • Use your harvest on the leprechauns to convert your whole inventory of similar crops into a note.
  • Unlocking minigame teleports are useful, and are available every 20 minutes. Tithe farm teleport for Zeah farming patch and the vinery. Nightmare Zone for hop patch in Yanille. Rat Pits (Port Sarim) to gain access to Zeah, Entrana (hop patch), and Falador farming patch, and Rimmington bush patch.
  • Teleport to House (Yanille, Rimmington, Brimhaven). Yanille for hops, Rimmington for bush, Brimhaven for fruit tree and calquat.
  • Stealing from the Fruit Stall on Zeah will help you gain payments such as apples, pineapples, bananas, and other fruits. This requires Hosidius House favour and appropriate Thieving level to do so.
  • If you forget about a farming patch, don't worry, as long as you either took necessary precautions to prevent disease/death (paying gardener, using ultracompost), they will remain in patch until harvested.

Recommended quests[edit | edit source]

Note: It is possible to bypass the relatively slow early levels of Farming entirely by doing quests. Doing Fairytale I - Growing Pains then Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf followed by Garden of Tranquillity and lastly My Arm's Big Adventure will net the player 18.5k Farming experience (level 33) with no Farming training required before or between the quests.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]

A player teleporting with the Explorer's ring.

Starting off[edit | edit source]

It is highly recommended to bypass the early Farming levels by questing. Recipe for Disaster (Goblin Generals), Fairytale I - Growing Pains then Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf, Garden of Tranquillity, My Arm's Big Adventure, Enlightened Journey. This will bring the player to level 35, as well as getting the Magic secateurs, which are recommended for farming herbs and allotments. If questing is not an option, you can farm through the lower levels, but they are rather slow and tedious, with very low returns.

Sulphurous fertilisers can be made when the player has 5.0% favour with the Hosidius house, each granting 2 experience in Farming. Gaining 100% favour from 5.0% requires 950 to be made and handed in if choosing to use this method for gaining favour. A player that starts at level 1 Farming will get 13 Farming by creating these 950 sulphurous fertilisers.

Tree runs[edit | edit source]

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The most efficient way to gain Farming experience is to plant the highest-tier tree and fruit tree saplings the player is able to, along with calquat saplings and teak or mahogany saplings, and pay the farmer to chop down the trees for replanting. This method can be very costly; however, it offers by far the highest possible experience rates effectively even though it is only possible to do 1 or 2 tree runs per day.

Always use ultracompost on the patch to minimise the chance of disease, or pay the farmer to look after the tree. The tree patch in Falador Park will never get diseased after completion of elite tasks in the Falador Diary.

If the player has access to the Humidify spell on the Lunar spellbook (requires completion of Dream Mentor and 68 Magic), it can be worthwhile to grow the saplings yourself instead of buying the saplings from the Grand Exchange.

Currently growing magic trees costs 12.52 GP per experience and palm trees 6.34 GP per experience, including the protection payments.

Setup[edit | edit source]

For specialty trees, growing teak trees (35 Farming) costs 0.23 coins per experience while mahogany trees (55 Farming) costs 0.66 coins per experience, both when payment is skipped and supercompost is used instead. Growing calquat trees (72 Farming) costs 0.22 coins per experience, requiring payment of 8 poison ivy berries.

Tree Distribution
Farming icon.png level Seed Payment Growth Time XP for Planting XP for Checking Cost of Seed Cost of Protection Payment (PP) Paying for Removal (PR) GP/XP with PP and PR
15 Acorn 5.pngAcorn Tomatoes(5).png1 basket of tomatoes 200min


3hrs 20min

14 467.3 28 592 200gp -1.7
30 Willow seed 5.pngWillow seed Apples(5).png1 basket of apples 280min


4hrs 40min

25 1456.5 4,017 1,521 -3.87
45 Maple seed 5.pngMaple seed Oranges(5).png1 basket of Oranges 320min


5hrs 20min

45 3403.4 38,001 798 -11.31
60 Yew seed 5.pngYew seed Cactus spine.png10 cactus spines 400min


6hrs 40min

81 7069.9 79,262 23,730 -14.43
75 Magic seed 5.pngMagic seed Coconut.png25 coconuts 480min



145.5 13768.3 161,487 10,350 -12.36
Fruit Tree Distribution
Farming icon.png level Seed Payment Growth Time XP for Planting XP for Checking Cost of Seed Cost of Protection Payment (PP) Paying for Removal (PR) GP/XP with PP and PR
27 Apple tree seed 5.pngApple tree seed Sweetcorn.png9 sweetcorns 960min


16 hours

22 1199.5 7 1,449 200gp -1.36
33 Banana tree seed 5.pngBanana tree seed Apples(5).png4 baskets of apples 28 1750.5 5 6,084 -3.54
39 Orange tree seed 5.pngOrange tree seed Strawberries(5).png3 baskets of strawberries 35.5 2470.2 12 2,916 -1.25
42 Curry tree seed 5.pngCurry tree seed Bananas(5).png5 baskets of bananas 40 2906.9 145 3,110 -1.17
51 Pineapple seed 5.pngPineapple seed Watermelon.png10 watermelons 57 4605.7 4,063 150 -0.95
57 Papaya tree seed 5.pngPapaya tree seed Pineapple.png10 pineapples 72 6146.4 9,232 1,760 -1.8
68 Palm tree seed 5.pngPalm tree seed Papaya fruit.png15 papaya fruit 110.5 10150.1 59,388 4,845 -6.28

See also: Seeds#Trees and Seeds#Fruit trees for trees and protection.

Herb runs[edit | edit source]

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Growing herbs usually results in good profit and decent Farming experience if the player is growing high-level herbs like torstols. Some players choose to do this to compensate the cost of doing tree runs, or to make money in general.

Since you cannot pay the farmer to look after your herbs, always treat the patches with ultracompost to minimise the chance of disease and to ensure the minimum amount of 6 herbs per seed when used along with magic secateurs.

Completing the elite tasks in the Morytania Diary unlocks a new herb patch on Harmony Island.

Setup[edit | edit source]

Herb Distribution
Farming icon.png level Seed Planting XP XP per Herb Picked
Magic secateurs
Magic secateurs (MS)
Supercompost (SC), cost and XP Average XP using MS and SC (6.5 Herbs/Patch) Ultracompost (UC), cost and XP Average XP using MS and UC (7.5 Herbs/Patch) Grimy Herb Seed Cost Profit/Patch using MS and SC Average GP/XP using MS and SC Profit/Patch using MS and UC Average GP/XP using MS and UC
9 Guam seed 5.pngGuam seed 11 12.5 Increases yield by 10% Minimum of 5 Herbs



81.25 Minimum of 6 Herbs


93.75 Grimy guam leaf.pngGrimy guam leaf 13 -617.5 -46.44 -1,795.5 -139.88
14 Marrentill seed 5.pngMarrentill seed 13.5 15 97.5 112.5 Grimy marrentill.pngGrimy marrentill 8 -606 -37.77 -1,783 -115.57
19 Tarromin seed 5.pngTarromin seed 16 18 117 135 Grimy tarromin.pngGrimy tarromin 9 186 12.67 -869 -45.39
26 Harralander seed 5.pngHarralander seed 21.5 24 156 180 Grimy harralander.pngGrimy harralander 39 4,706 198.06 4,351 183.69
32 Ranarr seed 5.pngRanarr seed 26.5 30.5 198.25 228.75 Grimy ranarr weed.pngGrimy ranarr weed 42,917 9,687.5 319.34 16,695.5 549.44
38 Toadflax seed 5.pngToadflax seed 34 38.5 250.25 288.75 Grimy toadflax.pngGrimy toadflax 3,910 10,923 285.27 12,120 316.62
44 Irit seed 5.pngIrit seed 43 48.5 315.25 363.75 Grimy irit leaf.pngGrimy irit leaf 94 5,385.5 112.46 5,143.5 107.68
50 Avantoe seed 5.pngAvantoe seed 54.5 61.5 399.75 461.25 Grimy avantoe.pngGrimy avantoe 986 10,993.5 180.07 11,751.5 192.55
56 Kwuarm seed 5.pngKwuarm seed 69 78 507 585 Grimy kwuarm.pngGrimy kwuarm 978 9,337.5 120.93 9,839.5 127.49
62 Snapdragon seed 5.pngSnapdragon seed 87.5 98.5 640.25 738.75 Grimy snapdragon.pngGrimy snapdragon 54,410 3,667.5 38.39 11,517.5 118.18
67 Cadantine seed 5.pngCadantine seed 106.5 120 780 900 Grimy cadantine.pngGrimy cadantine 1,445 7,460 63.27 7,745 74.06
73 Lantadyme seed 5.pngLantadyme seed 134.5 151.5 984.75 1136.25 Grimy lantadyme.pngGrimy lantadyme 2,881 6,797.5 45.93 7,201.5 48.66
79 Dwarf weed seed 5.pngDwarf weed seed 170.5 192 1248 1440 Grimy dwarf weed.pngGrimy dwarf weed 1,078 4,187 22.83 3,912 21.45
85 Torstol seed 5.pngTorstol seed 199.5 224.5 1459.25 1683.75 Grimy torstol.pngGrimy torstol 86,192 -13,593.5 -59.55 -3,509.5 -14.58

Tithe Farm[edit | edit source]

At level 34, experience may be gained at the Tithe Farm minigame with 100% favour towards Hosidius House in Great Kourend. In this way, players can gain significant Farming experience between the time it takes patches to grow, or train exclusively at the minigame in order to save money on seeds. From level 74 onwards, players can get around 90,000–100,000 experience per hour.

See also[edit | edit source]