Farming

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Description[edit | edit source]

Farming is the process of planting, growing, and harvesting the various Trees and Plants found in 7 Days to Die. This process allows the player to set up a farm and sustain the production of certain foods, items, and resources.

Farming Basics[edit | edit source]

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Tree seeds can be obtained by fulling harvesting one of the more mature versions of a tree. Planting tree seeds requires only finding the appropriate seed and an open area of land.

Plant seeds can be found via Looting or bought at one of the Traders. You can also craft seeds from crops once level 1 of Living Off The Land (Perk) has been unlocked. Planting plant seeds (with the exception of Mushroom Spore Seeds) additionally requires the ground first be tilled. Tilling is done by equipping a Iron Gardening Hoe and right-clicking the ground. This will slightly alter the ground appearance, indicating it is ready for a seed to be planted there.

Fertilizer and Fertile Dirt have been removed in A17. Only tilling is necessary for planting the plant seeds.

Lighting[edit | edit source]

Plants (with the exception of Mushrooms) also require natural light so that they can grow. This means that plants need to be outside or have some method of receiving natural light. A chimney will work.

Various types of blocks will let light through. This is defined by either the shape of the block, or the material it is made from, or a specific value that is specified. The light levels have a range of 0 to 15, 0 being completely dark and 15 having access to full sunlight. A block with a light opacity of 1 will reduce the amount of light that the blocks below it receive by 1 (assuming it is the only source of light, as in a tunnel to underground). So Bulletproof Glass will reduce the light below it from 15 to 13, still plenty of light to grow plants.

The amount of light that a block receives will also reduce by 1 with the distance sideways from a light source. A block that is over six meters from the light source will not receive any light.

Growth Cycle[edit | edit source]

Trees will initially appear as small saplings, which will only yield a small amount of Grass if harvested at this stage. The trees will slowly grow into more mature versions until reaching a maximum size that is determined by the soil type on which the tree is planted.

Plants will initially appear as seedlings and slowly mature over time. Inspecting a seedling by aiming your crosshairs at it will display the plant as a seed. Inspecting a growing plant will display the name of the plant and a (growing) tag indicating it is not yet ready to be harvested. If a seedling or other version of the growing plant (other than its final mature state) is harvested, the seed for that plant will be placed back in your inventory.

Harvesting[edit | edit source]

Harvesting a tree requires you to chop at the tree. This can be done with bare hands if necessary, but is more efficient using tools. A mature tree that is fully harvested will also provide tree seeds once felled.

Harvesting a plant is accomplished by left-clicking any mature plant. Whether using your bare hands or a tool, the yield is the same, only being affected by your level in Living Off The Land (Perk). Once a player-planted plant is harvested, it reverts to the seedling version of the plant in the same place where it was already planted. Plants that were present on world creation are simply destroyed when harvested. Harvesting a seedling or any immature version of a plant will destroy the plant and place the seed back in your inventory.

Seeds[edit | edit source]

Plants[edit | edit source]

These numbers are for soil which was prepared with a Hoe. The harvested products depends on the level of the Living Off The Land perk varying between 1-5 items.

Plant Crafting
needed?
Produces Seeds produced Growth time
(min)
Amount of harvestable product based on Living Off The Land (Perk)
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
Aloe Plant x4 yes Aloe Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Blueberry Bush x4 yes Blueberry Seeds 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Yucca Plant x4 yes Yucca Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Coffee x4 yes Coffee Beans 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Corn Plant x4 yes Corn Seed 1 180 1 2 3 4 5
Cotton Plant x4 yes Cotton Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Goldenrod Flower x4 yes Goldenrod Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Hop Flower x4 yes Hop Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Chrysanthemum x4 yes Chrysanthemum Seed 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Potato Plant x4 yes Potato Seeds 1 120 1 2 3 4 5
Mushroom x4 yes Mushroom Spores 1 180 1 2 3 4 5

Trees[edit | edit source]

Plant Seeds crafting needed? Amount of Seeds
produced by felling tree
Growth time
(min)
Amount of harvest-able product Preparation
(No tilling required)
Blue Spruce Tree no, collected by completely cutting down a tree (Blue Spruce Seeds) 2 120 Approx. 1K wood per tree any soil based ground
Maple Tree no, collected by completely cutting down a tree (Maple Seeds) 2 120 Approx. 1K wood per tree any soil based ground
Pine Tree no, collected by completely cutting down a tree (Pine Seeds) 2 120 Approx. 1K wood per tree any soil based ground
Oak Tree no, collected by completely cutting down a tree (Oak Seeds) 2 120 Approx. 1K wood per tree any soil based ground

Crops[edit | edit source]

  • Blueberries will give minimal benefits to Fullness and are used mainly for the Blueberry Pie recipe. They are easily found growing in the snow Biome as an early game food item. They can also be picked up and turned into seeds for farming later. Note: Most of the berries you find growing wild in the snow biome and the pine forests are not blueberries, they are Snowberries and have little nutritional value. If you eat too many of them in fact, you get sick.
  • An Ear of Corn can be cooked into a Corn on the Cob and is a very useful early game food as well. It can also be used to make Corn Meal as well as being an ingredient for Meat and Vegetable Stews. Corn Meal in turn is used to cook

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Some dirt looks tilled, but actually is not. This may result in some plants uprooting themselves out of tilled dirt (may be a bug).

Video Tutorial[edit | edit source]

The video guides you through how to farm trees and crops, the effect of tilling and fertilizing soil, and basics of underground farming and light. It also touches on the different crops and what they are used for.

Images[edit | edit source]

Farm ready to harvest
Fertilized and freshly planted garden