Fruit tree patch

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Fruit tree patches are Farming patches used to grow fruit-bearing trees. Growing fruit trees are somewhat different to other plants, in that there is an intermediate growing stage where the seed must be grown into a sapling before being planted into a cleared fruit tree patch.

The necessary seeds to grow them can be obtained from bird nests, drops from monsters, farming contracts, or by other means. Sources of seeds may be found in the Farming skill guide.

First, an empty plant pot may be used on any farming patch, even if something is growing in it, with a gardening trowel to fill the plant pot with soil. Plant one fruit tree seed on the pot with the gardening trowel and water it with a watering can. After a few minutes, the seedling will grow into a sapling which can then be planted in a cleared fruit tree patch; players must have a spade in their inventory when planting and removing the stump of a fruit tree.

Before or after transplanting the sapling, the player can add compost, supercompost, or ultracompost to the patch to reduce chance of disease. Alternatively, they can pay the nearby farmer to look after it to completely eliminate disease-risk; seedlings and saplings are unable to become diseased while growing in a plant pot. If a fruit tree becomes diseased, using secateurs or magic secateurs on it to prune the diseased leaves will bring it back to a healthy state.

Fully-grown fruit trees will bear fruit which can be picked by players. A fruit tree will continue to grow fruit over time, unless it is cut down and its stump dug up, with a new fruit regenerating every 40 minutes. Gardeners can instantly remove a fruit tree for a fee of 200 coins. Fruits have various uses, such as being a common ingredient in Gnome cooking and other items which players can make using the Cooking skill. Some fruits are also used as ingredients in potions made using the Herblore skill.

Growing a healthy fruit tree is required for various achievement diaries.

Fruit tree seeds[edit | edit source]

Level Seed Protection Growth time[n 1] Experience Seed and Protection Cost Cost per XP Uses
Plant Check-health Harvest Total[n 2] Total Seed only Seed and Protection
27 Apple tree seed
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 22 1,199.5 8.5 1,272.5 1,229 0.00 0.97
  • Cooking ingredient
  • Payment to protect strawberry plants, willow trees, and banana trees
33 Banana tree seed
Apples(5)×4[n 3]
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 28 1,750.5 10.5 1,841.5 4,075 0.00 2.21
39 Orange tree seed
Strawberries(5)×3[n 3]
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 35.5 2,470.2 13.5 2,586.7 1,844 0.00 0.71
  • Cooking ingredient
  • Payment to protect maple trees
42 Curry tree seed
Bananas(5)×5[n 3]
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 40 2,906.9 15 3,036.9 1,450 0.00 0.48
  • Curry ingredient
  • Payment to protect watermelons
51 Pineapple seed
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 57 4,605.7 21.5 4,791.7 276 0.01 0.06
  • Cooking ingredient
  • Payment to protect papaya trees
  • Supercompost for Ironmen
57 Papaya tree seed
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 72 6,146.4 27 6,380.4 4,547 0.42 0.71
68 Palm tree seed
Palm tree
Papaya fruit
Papaya fruit×15
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 110.5 10,150.1 41.5 10,509.6 51,330 3.68 4.88
81 Dragonfruit tree seed
6×160 mins (16 Hours) 140 17,335 70 17,895 195,913 8.66 10.95
  1. ^ N×160 mins means the crop will grow a little for each 160 minutes. This happens N times until it is fully grown.
  2. ^ Assume 6 fruit is harvested.
  3. ^ 3.0 3.1 3.2 All baskets required must be filled with 5 harvests.

Fruit tree patches[edit | edit source]

Location Closest teleport Image
Tree Gnome Stronghold
Gardener: Bolongo
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East of Catherby
Gardener: Ellena
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West of Tree Gnome maze
Gardener: Gileth
Gileth location.png
North of Brimhaven
Gardener: Garth
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Gardener: Liliwen
Liliwen location.png
Farming Guild

(Farming 85 Farming required)
Gardener: Nikkie

Farming Guild Fruit Tree Patch location.png

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
28 April 2016
(update | poll)

It is now possible to add compost or supercompost to any farming patch during any growth stage of a crop.

8 October 2015

Left-click pruning farming patches now checks for held magic secateurs.