Picking cactus spines

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Picking cactus spines
Profit per instanceCactus patch.png
7,592 per instance
Activity time
1 minute
Minimum recurrence time
75 minutes
Effective profit
455,520 per hour
Skill requirementsQuest requirements
Farming 55 (higher recommended) None
Item requirementsOther requirements
Ring of dueling/amulet of glory, and skills necklace/Farming cape Grown cactus in patch
Experience gainedLocation
Farming ~175 Al-Kharid, Farming Guild
Inputs (122)Outputs (7,714)
2 × Cactus seed.png Cactus seed (122) (only needed once)14 × Cactus spine.png Cactus spine (7,714)

Plant a cactus seed in the cactus patch in Al-Kharid, easiest travelled to using a ring of dueling, gnome glider or amulet of glory. The patch is found just north of the crafting shop. The seed takes about 9.3 hours to grow and once fully grown, it can be harvested for cactus spines.

There is also a cactus patch found in the eastern wing of the Farming Guild, using a skills Necklace or a Farming skillcape will grant you the quickest way of travel. (you can also plant your own Spirit Tree within the guild though you would need to have level 85 farming to access the advanced tier of the guild ) Note that you need to have earned at least 45% favour with Hosidius.

Spines can be harvested every 75 minutes. The minimum yield is always three, higher farming levels yield a higher average, but at 99 farming, the average is around ten spines.

Cactus spines are used to make weapon poison(+) and to pay farmers to care for yew trees. To get to the patch, simply use a ring of dueling or an amulet of glory to teleport to Al-Kharid. Pick the spines, possibly noting them with the tool leprechaun, and then bank them.

This method works well with other harvesting money-makers, such as picking papayas or coconuts. The 75 minute timer also makes it coincide well with herb-farming runs (which can be done every 80 minutes).

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