Farming training focuses heavily on doing tree runs, which is a recurring training method. Much like dailies and recurring money making methods, tree runs give Farming experience passively over time since it is possible to only do 1 or 2 runs per day. Instead of actively training the skill for hours, players only spend a few minutes to do a run, gaining a lot of Farming experience during that short amount of time, and then do other activities while waiting for the patches to grow. While trees take very long to grow in real time, players spend very little time actively doing tree runs.
Doing tree runs costs money, and certain saplings and protection payments can be quite expensive. It is recommended to have a decent amount of capital to be able to buy a lot of Farming supplies at once, and have a good money making method to sustain the cost of doing tree runs. The cost can be mitigated somewhat by doing herb runs, which are often highly profitable and also offer fair amount Farming experience effectively, but usually it is better to look into money making alternatives that offer better profit.
- 1 Starting off
- 2 Levels 15–99: Tree runs
- 3 Herb runs
- 4 Levels 34+: Tithe Farm
- 5 See also
Starting off[edit | edit source]
Levels 1–35: Questing[edit | edit source]
Early levels can be skipped by completing quests that give Farming experience. Completing the Goblin generals subquest of Recipe for Disaster, Fairytale I - Growing Pains, Forgettable Tale..., Garden of Tranquillity, Enlightened Journey, and My Arm's Big Adventure grants a total of 22,500 experience, which will get the player up to level 35. This skips much of the tedium of low-level Farming and allows the player to do effective farm runs straight away.
Levels 1–13: Making sulphurous fertiliser[edit | edit source]
Sulphurous fertilisers can be made when the player has 5% Hosidius favour, 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.
Levels 1-15: Making supercompost/ultracompost[edit | edit source]
Supercompost created in a compost bin can provide a hassle-free method of training early farming, especially as a supplementary method. Watermelons and pineapples are the easiest candidates for the produce used, with the latter easily purchased in convenient quantities from Trader Stan's Trading Post. Each bucket of supercompost grants 8.5 farming experience, or 10 experience with the addition of volcanic ash to produce ultracompost.
Levels 1–15: Bagged plants[edit | edit source]
The quickest way to plant them, assuming that your house is in Rimmington, is to bring three watering cans, a stack of coins, and as many noted bagged plants as you can afford. You can hand your notes to Phials to un-note them (for a small fee) and refill your watering cans in the building just east of the well.
To make the process even faster, spam the 1 button while planting and removing the bagged plants. This will select the bagged plant and confirm the removal, allowing you to plant and remove plants very quickly.
Levels 1–15: Farming allotments[edit | edit source]
Levels 15–99: Tree runs[edit | edit source]
The most effective way to gain Farming experience is to plant the highest-tier tree, fruit tree, and hardwood tree saplings available, along with the special tree saplings (calquat, celastrus, crystal, and redwood). After the trees have grown, the player checks the health of a fully grown tree for Farming experience, pays the farmer to chop down the tree and replants the tree.
Tree runs are a passive training method and they offer the fastest experience effectively by far. For example, if it took the player 5 minutes to do a tree run and the player gained 100,000 Farming experience from the run, the experience rate would effectively be 1,200,000 experience per hour (12 runs per one actively spent hour). Players would only spend 5 minutes to do the run and then do something else while the trees grow, such as train other skills.
Even though it is only possible to do 1 or 2 tree runs per day, doing tree runs over time ends up being much faster than doing methods that offer faster experience in real time, such as farming allotments. In other words, no matter how often you can play, tree runs should be the first priority for Farming training; active training methods should only be done if Farming is your last skill to level 99. Getting level 99 should take around 3–4 months at most if the player does tree runs fairly consistently.
Recommended quests[edit | edit source]
- Tree Gnome Village and The Grand Tree for access to spirit trees for transportation.
- Bone Voyage for access to three hardwood patches on Fossil Island.
- Plague City for Ardougne Teleport to access Brimhaven faster (if the player does not have access to redirection scrolls or does not have the player-owned house in Brimhaven).
- Tai Bwo Wannai Trio to be able to use Tai bwo wannai teleport scrolls to the calquat patch.
- Started Mourning's End Part I for access to the fruit tree patch in Lletya and teleport crystals.
- Song of the Elves for access to the crystal tree patch.
General information and tips[edit | edit source]
Players should always pay the farmer to chop down the trees for replanting. This is much faster than chopping the tree yourself and it only costs a small amount of money. The celastrus tree has valuable harvest however, and for some players it can be worthwhile to spend extra time to gather the celastrus barks.
Generally it is best to pay the farmer to look after the tree, so it cannot die and players are guaranteed to get the Farming experience from checking the health of the tree. Certain payments can be very expensive, so it may be worthwhile to treat the patch with ultracompost instead to minimise the chance of disease. This can save some money depending on the tree and payment, but it is slightly slower overall as sometimes the tree will die and players would have spent time for no experience gained. The Resurrect Crops Arceuus spell helps reduce the number of trees lost this way. The tree patch in Falador Park will never get diseased after completion of the elite tasks in the Falador Diary.
It is best to buy the saplings from the Grand Exchange as this saves time, but it can be worthwhile to grow the saplings yourself to save some money. Saplings are made by using a tree seed on a filled plant pot while having a gardening trowel in your inventory, using a watering can on the seedlings to water them and then waiting for them to grow into saplings. Saplings grow while stored in bank, so players do not have to have them in their inventory. Players who have level 68 Magic and have completed Dream Mentor can use Humidify spell to water the seedlings faster.
Farming regular trees is usually much more expensive compared to other options. Players who are not in a rush to level up Farming are advised to only farm fruit trees, hardwood trees and special trees for cheaper experience. Depending on the prices, it may also be worthwhile to farm palm trees instead of dragonfruit trees at higher levels, as growing dragonfruit trees costs 9.99 per experience and palm trees would only cost 4.03 per experience, including the protection payments.
Setup[edit | edit source]
- 6 tree (one patch in the Farming Guild requires 65 Farming to access)
- 6 fruit tree (starting at 27 Farming. One patch in the Farming Guild requires 85 Farming to access)
- 3 hardwood (starting at 35 Farming. Requires completion of Bone Voyage to access)
- 1 calquat (starting at 72 Farming)
- 1 crystal (starting at 74 Farming)
- 1 celastrus (starting at 85 Farming)
- 1 redwood (starting at 90 Farming)
- Payments in bank notes (recommended)
- Teleport tabs or runes for Taverley house or Falador teleport, Brimhaven house or Ardougne teleport, Catherby house or Camelot teleport, Lumbridge teleport and Varrock teleport.
- Skills necklace (for the tree and fruit tree patches in the Farming Guild)
- Ring of wealth (for access to the spirit tree at the Grand Exchange and slightly faster access to the Falador tree patch)
- Alternatively, Falador Teleport and Varrock Teleport to the Grand Exchange (after medium Varrock Diary) can be used instead
- Teleport crystal or its eternal version (for access to Prifddinas and Lletya)
- Digsite pendant (for the hardwood tree patch in Fossil Island)
- Slayer ring (optional for Gnome Stronghold tree patch)
- Tai bwo wannai teleport scroll (costs 7,004, recommended for the calquat patch)
- Stamina potion
- Farmer's outfit or graceful outfit (optional)
For hardwood trees, if protection payment is skipped and supercompost (426) or ultracompost (697) is used instead, growing teaks ( 35 Farming) cost 0.1 or 0.15 coins per experience respectively, while mahogany trees ( 55 Farming) cost 0.12 or 0.14 coins per experience respectively.
For specialty trees, growing calquat tree ( 72 Farming) costs 0.06 coins per experience, requiring payment of 8 poison ivy berries.
|15||Acorn||1 basket of tomatoes||3hr20m (5x40 min)||14||467.3||481.3||26||347||200||573||-1.19|
|30||Willow||1 basket of apples||4hr40m (7x40 min)||25||1456.5||1481.5||913||423||200||1,536||-1.04|
|45||Maple||1 basket of Oranges||5hr20m (8x40 min)||45||3403.4||3448.4||19,606||453||200||20,259||-5.87|
|60||Yew||10 cactus spines||6hr40m (10x40 min)||81||7069.9||7150.9||58,077||15,930||200||74,207||-10.38|
|75||Magic||25 coconuts||8hr00m (12x40 min)||145.5||13768.3||13913.8||167,288||29,000||200||196,488||-14.12|
|27||Apple||9 sweetcorns||16hr (6x160 min)||22||1199.5||51||1272.5||7||1,701||200||1,908||-1.5|
|33||Banana||4 baskets of apples||16hr (6x160 min)||28||1750.5||63||1841.5||6||1,692||200||1,898||-1.03|
|39||Orange||3 baskets of strawberries||16hr (6x160 min)||35.5||2470.2||81||2586.7||6||2,931||200||3,137||-1.21|
|42||Curry||5 baskets of bananas||16hr (6x160 min)||40||2906.9||90||3036.9||11||2,015||200||2,226||-0.73|
|51||Pineapple||10 watermelons||16hr (6x160 min)||57||4605.7||129||4791.7||151||260||200||611||-0.13|
|57||Papaya||10 pineapples||16hr (6x160 min)||72||6146.4||162||6380.4||2,073||910||200||3,183||-0.5|
|68||Palm tree||15 papaya fruit||16hr (6x160 min)||110.5||10150.1||249||10509.6||32,636||8,610||200||41,446||-3.94|
|81||Dragonfruit||15 Coconut||16hr (6x160 min)||140||17335||350||17825||160,508||17,400||200||178,108||-9.99|
|35||Teak||15 Limpwurt roots||64hr (8x480 min)||35||7290||7325||55||11,115||200||11,370||-1.55|
|55||Mahogany||25 Yanillian hops||85hr20m (8x640 min)||63||15720||15783||854||22,825||200||23,879||-1.51|
|72||Calquat||8 poison ivy berries||21hr20m (8x160 min)||129.5||12,096||291||12,516.5||96||544||200||840||-0.07|
|74||Crystal acorn||N/A||8hr00m (6x80 min)||126||13,240||N/A||13,366||301,211||N/A||N/A||301,211||-22.54|
|85||Celastrus||8 Potato cactus||13h20m (5x160 min)||204||14,130||70.5||14,404.5||63,618||5,088||200||68,906||-4.78|
|90||Redwood||6 Dragonfruit||106h40m (10x640 min)||230||22,450||N/A||22,680||19,258||5,358||2,000||26,616||-1.17|
Example tree run[edit | edit source]
This is an example tree run with low-medium tier gear, quest completions, and levels. Please note that this is just an example of a tree run, and there may be more efficient/cheaper routes (additionally, this run does not include the Lletya fruit tree due to the quests required, this run also does not include the tree and fruit tree patches in the farming guild due to the high farming levels required).
Items/quests required: (All tools can be stored with the Tool Leprechaun next to each tree patch.)
- 5/9/12 Plant pots (Plant pot pack are sold by all farming shops with Catherby store closest to bank) or purchase tree saplings directly from the Grand Exchange.
- Gardening trowel (only needed if planting seeds yourself, can be banked after use)
- Watering can (only needed if planting seeds yourself, can be banked after use)
- 5 Tree seeds and noted farmer payment ( 15+ farming)
- 4 (or 5 if you own a teleport crystal) Fruit tree seeds and noted farmer payment ( 27+ farming)
- 3 Hardwood tree seeds and noted farmer payment (After Bone Voyage & 35+ farming)
- Either Teleportation tablets or runes for teleportation
- 2,280gp for tree removal/charter payments (or 2,240gp if you have the ring of charos(a))
- Rake (only needed for the first run)
Item, quest, and level recommendations:
- Elemental staff or battlestaff to make teleportation easier, and also save on inventory space (dust battlestaff recommended due to runes provided and cost)
- Completion of the Tree Gnome Village and The Grand Tree quest for access to spirit trees.
- 40 Construction to move your House to Brimhaven
- 40 Magic to cast all of the relevant Teleportation spells ( 51 if you don't have the Ardougne cloak 1 and do not want to move your house to Brimhaven. Requires Plague city quest completion for both the Ardougne teleport or cloak)
- Bone Voyage to travel to Fossil Island for hardwood tree patches. (Requires 100 kudos, 78 from Natural history quiz and cleaning findings after The Dig Site quest, 5 each from quests such as Rune Mysteries, Priest in Peril, Hazeel Cult, Merlin's Crystal, Demon Slayer, Observatory Quest, The Grand Tree etc.)
- Graceful outfit (pieces or entire set) or other Weight-reducing clothing
- Ring of charos(a) (requires Creature of Fenkenstrain quest completion and Garden of Tranquillity quest started)
Doing the run:
- In your first run, you will have to rake all of the patches. In subsequent runs, this is only necessary if a growth cycle happens in between removing the tree and planting the new one or while you are filling your plant pots. You should still leave a rake with the Tool Leprechaun just in case.
- Start out at the Grand Exchange and buy all of the seeds and payments relevant to your farming level.
- If planting your seeds yourself: Withdraw 1 watering can, 1 gardening trowel and plant pots from your bank. Run directly east out of the GE and head south inside the castle walls, there will be a fountain that you can use to fill up your watering can. Use your seeds with the plant pot, then use the watering can on them. You may need to refill your watering can in the courtyard nearby if you run out of water. Wait about 5 minutes for the seedlings to turn into saplings, the seedling will continue to grow while stored inside your bank.
- Run south and east around the castle to tree patch. Check the health of the tree, then pay the farmer 200 coins to remove the tree (if necessary).
- Run back into the GE area, go to the northeast corner and take the spirit tree to teleport to the Tree Gnome Stronghold. Run east to the fruit tree patch (very close by). Then run southwest to the tree patch.
- Run back northeast to the Spirit tree and teleport to the Tree Gnome Village (location). Run to the southwest corner of the fence and squeeze through the entrance. Click on Elkoy to follow him through the maze. Then run southwest to the fruit tree patch.
- Teleport or canoe to Lumbridge, run west (through the castle) out of the castle walls, then north to the tree patch.
- Right-click teleport outside of your house to Brimhaven, then run north to the fruit tree patch. You may have to run away from monsters depending on your combat level or if the monsters aggro you.
- (If you do not want to move your house to Brimhaven, you may also teleport to Ardougne and pay 30 coins to ferry to Brimhaven or charter ship from other docks. *player owned houses start in Rimmington, which also is connected to the very same route to Ardougne/Brimhaven, so players can still use the Teleport Home spell to quickly get to Brimhaven without needing to move their home from its starting location.)
- Run north to the docks, then run to the western side of docks, and take a Charter ship to Catherby (costs 480 coins, or 240 with the ring of charos(a)). (You can also teleport to Camelot and run southeast to Catherby) Run east to the fruit tree patch.
- Teleport to Falador, run east along the garden fence, then into the garden to the tree patch.
- From the Falador garden, run west, then north out of Falador, up to the Taverley gate, west through the gate, then south to the tree patch.
- If you own a teleport crystal (received soon after starting Mourning's End Part I) you may use it to teleport to Lletya, where there is a fruit tree patch in close proximity. Remember to visit Eluned before leaving if your crystal is out of charges - she will recharge it for 750-150 coins).
- After Bone Voyage, you may also teleport to fossil island with digsite pendant to plant teak seeds or mahogany seeds.
- Tree run complete!
Herb runs[edit | edit source]
Growing herbs usually results in good profit and somewhat 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. Herbs take 80 minutes to grow.
Players should always treat herb patches with ultracompost. This minimises the chance of disease and ensures the minimum amount of 6 herbs per seed when used along with magic secateurs.
Setup[edit | edit source]
- Farmer's outfit and Stamina potion or weight-reducing gear
- Ardougne cloak 4 (Ardougne cloak 2/Ardougne cloak 3 provide 3/5 daily teleports to the farming patch north of Ardougne)
- Explorer's ring 3/4 (Explorer's ring 2 provides 3 daily teleports to the farming patch south of Falador)
- Skills necklace
- Herb seeds
- Magic secateurs (Note: These must be equipped to provide their bonus)
- Seed dibber
- Ultracomposts, or runes for the Fertile Soil spell and volcanic ashes (after reading the ash covered tome)
- Runes for Catherby Teleport (or alternatively Camelot Teleport and walk East)
- Xeric's talisman (alternatively, Tithe Farm minigame teleport can be used)
- With the required quests:
GP/XP calculations[edit | edit source]
Levels 34+: Tithe Farm[edit | edit source]
At level 34, experience may be gained at the Tithe Farm minigame with 100% Hosidius favour in Hosidius. 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]
|Ultimate Ironman Guides|