It's a glorious springtime for high-level farmers, as today sees the release of ten new plants to grow, along with new produce and cross-skill training opportunities. With Farming skill requirements ranging from 76 to 96, and making use of some of the lesser-used plots, they're blooming handy for high-level training.
The ten new plants fall into two categories: those that yield produce when harvested, and those that grant experience in other skills (in addition to the Farming XP, of course).
In the first category, there are some familiar sights such as snape grass and potato cacti - available through farming for the first time. You'll also find some new plants: reed beds, which produce toads, swamp tar and swamp lizards, and butterfly flowers, which yield ruby harvests and have a chance to spawn a Guthixian butterfly, which grants XP in your lowest-levelled skill when caught.
If you've the necessary Construction skill, you'll also be able to build frames for growing grapevines, which - when harvested - offer a crop of godly grapes, aligned to Saradomin, Zamorak and Guthix. When added to water and fermented, these become wines, which can be mixed into the rest or brew potions of their respective gods, creating super Guthix rest potions, super Saradomin brews and super Zamorak brews.
There's also the wishing well bush, which yields its fruit in exchange for a sum of coins based on your total skill levels. Upon opening the fruit, you will find useful items of a varying value - up to three times that of the coins you put in - although beware that it is possible to lose as well as gain wealth from this!
See here[help] for full details of how the wishing well fruit works.
In the second category, you'll find such wonders of nature as fly traps, which grant Thieving XP if you can snatch out their fruit with your fingers intact. There are barberry bushes too, which offer Agility XP to the nimble naturalist. Battle-botanists among you (we know you're out there) will enjoy the al fresco training offered by harvesting sunchoke tubers and prickly pears, which grant Strength and Defence XP respectively.
Note that the amount of non-Farming skill XP given by harvesting these plants is relative to your current level in the relevant skill.
It's spring: the sun is shining, the earth is tilled, and you only reap what you sow. Get out there and get those hands dirty!
Mod Maz Queen of Squirrels
How to start:
You can pick up seeds for the new plants in a variety of ways.
You must be a RuneScape member.
The new seeds have a range of skill requirements.
Building grapevine frames requires 60 Construction.
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