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Farming is a skill trained primarily through crop running. The major difference for ironmen compared to normal Farming training is the difficulty in getting seeds, particularly those early on in their journey.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

Early levels can be skipped by completing quests that give Farming experience. Completing the following grants a total of 17,500 Farming experience, which will get the player up to level 32. This skips the tedious low-level Farming and seed collecting.

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Efficient tree runs[edit | edit source]

If not paying farmers to look after each tree, always use ultracompost on the patch in order to minimise the risk of disease. It is usually not worth spending time to gather payments for Farming, since the chance of a tree dying is very low through the use of the Resurrect Crops spell (along with using ultracompost) on the Arceuus spellbook.

Efficient herb runs[edit | edit source]

In addition to farming trees, a significant amount of Farming experience is obtained from doing herb runs over time. Additionally, farmed herbs are critical for Herblore training.

For herb runs, get to every patch as quickly as possible, clean herbs and note them on the Tool Leprechaun. Try to have an anima seed planted in the Farming Guild for increased herb yield, you'll sustain them if by killing Hespori. You can do limpwurt/snape grass alongside herb runs if you need them. Use magic secateurs and a Farming cape for increased yield. Plant more valuable seeds in the disease-free patches. Only use the Farming Guild patch if your herbs will be done before your next contract. Weiss/Troll POH portals are worth it if you do >~800 herb runs.

Animas to use: Iasor > Attas > Kronos

On disease-free patches plant: toadflax, cadantine, lantadyme, and torstol

Quickest teleports to herb patches
Location Teleport (best → worst)
Ardougne Ardougne cloak (2 or higher) Fishing guild Ardougne teleport
Catherby Catherby teleport Camelot teleport
Falador Explorer's ring (2 or higher) Falador teleport
Harmony Harmony Island tele w/ Spellbook Swap Harmony Island house portal
Kourend Xeric's Talisman Kourend house portal Tithe Farm minigame teleport
Morytania ALQ fairy ring Ectophial Fenkenstrein teleport
Weiss Weiss house portal Icy basalt
Farming Guild Farming cape Skills necklace Spirit tree
Troll Stronghold Troll Stronghold house portal Trollheim teleport

Tool leprechauns will note all farmed products by using the unnoted items on them. This includes farmable products that were acquired from other sources.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Tithe Farm[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to do Tithe Farm at level 54 to get the auto-weed perk, seed box, and herb sack. The farmer's outfit can also be unlocked here, which can be useful during the process of getting level 99, however it should not be prioritised. Doing the minigame also unlocks medium contracts in the Farming Guild faster as the rewards are useful for various skilling methods, such as pickpocketing master farmers and training Slayer.

Giant seaweed[edit | edit source]

Farming giant seaweed requires Farming 23 Farming and seaweed spores.

It is highly recommended to use numulite as payment to protect seaweed patches and use ultracompost on them. This is the best way to get seaweed to use with your buckets of sand. Teleport to the Digsite with a Digsite pendant, quick travel to Fossil Island, take the rowboat near the fossil island bank to the north of the island, then out to sea, then dive. You can kill lobstrosities for more than 120 seaweed spores per hour. Seaweed spores randomly spawn while in the giant seaweed area, be on the lookout for them. Magic secateurs and Farming cape do not affect yield, however compost will.

Obtaining seeds[edit | edit source]

All seeds: Farming contracts[edit | edit source]

Farming contracts are the most efficient way to get seeds.

You should be doing as many Farming contracts per day as possible, they provide a lot of Herblore and Farming experience and are your main source of herb/tree seeds. Use ultra compost on your herbs as soon as it is available to you.

Doing Farming contracts in the Farming Guild is currently the best way to obtain tree and herb seeds from level 65 onwards. It is best to preplant certain seeds to have a higher chance to complete multiple contracts in a row.

You should be doing Farming contracts as often as you can. Farming contracts are Farming tasks assigned by Guildmaster Jane, which requires you to grow certain crops within the Farming Guild in exchange for seed packs. You should always start off with receiving the highest tier assignment you can, and then downgrading the contract if it’s something you don’t have pre planted and takes longer than a bush patch (2 hours and 40 minutes) to grow. The general strategy behind doing as many contracts as possible is to preplant the most commonly assigned tasks, since there's an equal chance of every assignment, your preplants are usually tasks shared across multiple difficulty tables. This often allows you to instantly complete multiple contracts in a row.

For hard contracts, preplant:
Type Plant name
Herb Snapdragon Lantadyme Cadantine
Tree Maple tree Yew tree
Fruit tree Palm tree
Bush Poison ivy Whiteberries
Cactus Potato cactus
Flower White lily
Allotment #1 Watermelon
Allotment #2 Snape grass
For medium contracts, preplant:
Type Plant name
Herb Irit
Tree Maple tree
Fruit tree Curry tree
Bush Whiteberries Jangerberries
Cactus Cactus
Flower White lily
Allotment #1 Watermelon
Allotment #2 Strawberries

Tree seeds: Birds nests[edit | edit source]

Birdhouse trapping on Fossil Island is a good source of tree seeds. Birdhouses have a chance to drop a bird nest, dependent on tier, which may contain seeds. Since they can be harvested every 50 minutes, the number of nests and seeds players harvest ends up being significant.

It's worth building the highest tier birdhouse possible, since the tier determines the number of nests harvested.

All seeds: Monster drops[edit | edit source]

Nechryael tasks can be done in the slayer tower on task.

Less intensive options: If you want something AFK to supply seeds, you can melee Dagannoths in high prayer gear with a bonecrusher in the catacombs - also supplies Prayer experience from the ensouled heads and medium clues.

At higher levels, players can also get tree seeds from various bosses and demi-bosses, such as Zulrah, lizardman shamans, demonic gorillas, Kalphite Queen, Callisto and Venenatis.

Herb/allotment seeds: Pickpocketing Master Farmers[edit | edit source]

Players with high Thieving can also pickpocket Master Farmers (with at least 94 thieving and ardy hard diary completed so you don't fail) for herb and allotment seeds.

Tree seeds: Wintertodt[edit | edit source]

Low-level players can get tree seeds from Wintertodt.

Obtaining compost[edit | edit source]

Ultracompost can be made by buying pineapples from charter ships or harvesting watermelons, putting them into a compost bin and using 25 volcanic ashes on a full compost bin containing supercompost. Alternatively, with 20 Herblore one can make compost potion which will turn a regular compost bin into supercompost, and then use volcanic ashes for ultra.

Unlock the ultracompost version of the Fertile Soil spell as early as possible, since it negates the need to spend time making ultracompost.