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To grow crops in Rune Factory 4, you'll need to buy seeds from Sincerity General Store or Carnation's. These stores have a small initial stock that expands as you complete requests. After completing a certain request, the stores will stock higher level crops and seeds as you ship them.

There are no season restrictions for when you grow a crop, but there are better or worse times of the year to plant certain things.

Mechanics

Growing Crops

After planting a seed, you can check its progress with a magnifying glass. The second line will list the percentage growth of the crop. Hidden behind that growth % is the number of days the crop has grown. For example, an apple tree with '[Grw.] 63% means' it is 39.0 days into its 62 day growth time. Every morning at 6AM, the hidden days counter is increased by a specified amount. When that value reaches the required growth time of the crop, the crop will become harvestable.

The amount increased is a combination of 2 factors: the '[Grw.] #.#x' (where #.# is a decimal number between 0.1 and 5.0) value of the 2x2 plot of soil the crop is on and whether the season is good, bad or neutral for the crop. The soil growth value can be seen with a magnifying lens. It will be the second listed [Grw.] statistic, the one with an x instead of a % at the end. This value can be increased by Formulas. Formula A will increase the soil's growth value by 0.5. Formula B by 1.0 and Formula C by 2.0. The level of the formula has no effect on the value increased. If the crop is favored for the season, this value is then multiplied by 1.5. If the crop is disfavored for the season, the value is multiplied by 2/3. This final result will be the value added to the hidden days value at 6 AM every morning. Note if the crop wasn't watered, no increase will happen.

For example, if the apple tree with 39.0 days grown is on a plot of soil with a growth value of 3.3 and the season is fall. The hidden days value will be increased to 42.3 the next day. This will show up as 68% growth in game. If the season is winter, the value will be increased by 2.2 (3.3 * 2/3) and the tree will display 65% the next day.

Thus, the fastest way to grow a crop is to cap the soil's growth value at 5.0 and grow it during its favored season. The crop will gain 7.5 days towards their growth time every morning.

Runey weather will further multiply the increment value by 4, so that the above would gain 30.0 days at 6AM.

Crop Level

New crops begin at level 1 and can be raised to level 10. Higher level crops sell at higher prices, make higher level food and medicine, and have stronger effects when fed to monsters. After completing the Request "Ship a level 2 Turnip!", stores will stock the highest level crop/seed that you have shipped. You can ship either the crop or the seed and the appropriate store will then carry both the crop and the seeds of that level.

Store crop and seed levels only rise if you ship crops that you yourself have raised.

Raising Crop Levels

To raise crop levels you'll want to obtain and plant higher level seeds. To do this, use a sickle on a fully grown (100% [Grw.]) crop. You should get a seed that is 1 level higher than the crop was. You can plant this seed or ship it; if you ship it before 8:00 AM, then you will be able to buy another of the same level on the same day.

Note that low-level crops often leave behind higher level seeds when harvested. If you plant half a a field of level 1 turnips, you will likely get many level 2 turnip seeds after harvesting them. Additionally, as your soil quality improves (a natural process that occurs as you harvest crops), your regularly watered crops will sometimes grow to be be a higher level than the seed you planted. This will allow you to skip several levels at once, especially for long-growing crops. Soil quality can be improved by using Greenifier and Greenifier+ on it.

Giant Crops

The basic steps of growing giant produce are simple. First, plant 4 of the same crop onto a marked 2x2 plot of land. Then, sprinkle Giantizer on these crops. Water the crops every day until they are fully grown, and then after an extra day or two they will merge into a single gigantic crop.

Note: In Rune Factory 4, Giantizer affects the soil, not the crop. Specifically, it affects the stat [Sz.]+, which can be examined using the Magnifying Glass. Another stat, [Sz.], raises naturally as you grow certain crops. It is best to grow giant crops on land that has high [Sz.] and [Sz.]+ stats.

Crops planted out-of-season are harder to giantize than crops planted in-season. Plants have an easier time giantizing on high quality soil; you can give soil a quality boost (up to +2.00%) with Greenifier. Maximum soil quality raises permanently as you harvest crops. It may also help to restore the HP of your soil and/or plant with Withered Grass, Corn, or Clover.

Sincerity General Store

Weekdays: 9:00 - 18:00
Holidays: 9:00 - 13:30

The General Store stocks seeds for all crops except flowers. It also sells groceries and a rotating selection of wild crops. Blossom and Doug work here, with Doug working on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information on how to find seeds and/or unlock them in the store, view the Requests (RF4) page.

Fruits and Vegetables

Regular Crops | Giant Crops | Seeds



Item Name Good Seasons Bad Seasons Grow Time Harvested Regrows Profit per Day (level 1)
Turnip
Turnip
Summer / FallNone32No13.3 G/d
Potato
Potato
Spring / SummerWinter73No27.1 G/d
Spinach
Spinache
FallNone22No35 G/d
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Spring / SummerWinter73Yes18.6 G/d
47.1 G/d(Second Harvest)
Radish
Daikonraddish
FallSummer51No48 G/d
Strawberry
Strawberry
Spring / FallNone166Yes25.6 G/d
50.6 G/d
Yam
Yam
Summer / FallWinter85No56.2 G/d
Pink Turnip
Pinkturnip
SpringWinter114No58.2 G/d
Cucumber
Cucumber
Spring / SummerWinter55Yes4 G/d
60 G/d
Carrot
Carrot
FallNone103No74 G/d
Corn
Corn
Spring / SummerWinter71No78.6 G/d
Leek
Leek
Spring / FallSummer91No102.2 G/d
Hot-Hot Fruit
Hothotfruit
WinterSummer315No106 G/d
Green Pepper
Greenpepper
SummerWinter75Yes-7.1 G/d
107.1G/d
Cabbage
Cabbage
Spring / FallNone83No132.5 G/d
Onion
Onion
FallNone185No140 G/d
Bok Choy
Whitecabbage
FallSummer54No136 G/d
Eggplant
Eggplant
Spring / SummerWinter74Yes5.7 G/d
180.5 G/d
Golden Pumpkin
Gold Pumpkin
WinterSummer703Yes107.1 G/d
171.4 G/
Pineapple
PineappleRF3
SummerOthers283Yes71.4 G/d
171.4 G/d
Tomato
Tomato
Spring / SummerWinter73Yes-37.1 G/d
231.4 G/d
Pink Melon
Pink Melon

(Gold Melon)
Spring / SummerWinter72Yes-60 G/d
231.4 G/d
Golden Potato
Gold Potato
WinterSummer503No280 G/d
Golden Cabbage
Gold Cabbage
WinterSummer903No327.7 G/d
Golden Turnip
Gold Turnip
WinterSummer903No555.5 G/d



Other Crops | Seeds



Item Name Good Seasons Bad Seasons Grow Time Harvested Regrows Profit per Day (level 1)
Fodder
Grass
NoneNone41Yes7.5 G/d
Grapes NoneWinter50/Yes
Orange
Orange
NoneWinter22/Yes
Apple
Apple
NoneWinter62/Yes
Twinkle Tree TreesNoneWinter38/No
Shield Flower
MagicPlantShield
NoneNone121No-41.6 G/d
Sword Flower
PlantSword
NoneNone121No-41.6 G/d
Dungeon Flower Magic SeedNoneNone18/No


Giant Fruits and Vegetables

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Other plants

++The tree will not regrow if chopped down. However, once fully grown, Grapes, Orange, and Apple trees produce fruit daily.

+++The Twinkle Tree (grown from a Shining Seed) produces no fruit, but can be chopped with an axe for Lumber and Glitter Augite. Similarly, Dungeon Flowers can be hit with a hammer for Material Stone. You can do this as long as the Twinkle Tree/Dungeon Flower have HP. HP can be restored by hoeing Withered Grass, Corn, or Clover onto the plot of land where the Tree or Flower is planted.

Trees and Dungeons can be made giant. Giant trees do not produce giant fruit. Giant dungeons have extra floors.

Carnation's

Weekdays: 9:00 - 18:00
Holidays: 9:00 - 13:00

Carnation's stocks seeds for flowers. It also sells nutrients and a rotating selection of flowers and wild crops. Carnation's is run by Illuminata; after she takes Amber in, they alternate workdays, with Amber taking Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For information on how to find seeds and/or unlock them in the store, view the Requests (RF4) page.

Flowers

Item Name
 
Good Seasons
 
Bad Seasons
 
Grow Time
 
Harvested
 
Seed Buy
 
Seed Sell
 
Crop Buy
 
Crop Sell
 
Profit/d
 
Toyherb Spr Win 4 2 6G 60G 250G 65G(x2=130G) 31G/d
Moondrop Spr/Fall Win 7 4 25G 250G 400G 115G(x4=460G) 62.1G/d
Pink Cat Sum Win 6 3 18G 180G 450G 110G(x3=330G) 52G/d
Charm Blue Fall Win 8 3 37G 370G 800G 220G
Cherry Grass Spr Win 10 4 42G 420G 700G 230G
Lamp Grass Win none 16 3 74G 740G 2,000G 650G
Blue Crystal Spr Sum/ Fall/ Win 55 3 1,000G 30,000G 40,000G 15,000G
Ironleaf Win Sum 21 2 60G 600G 4,444G 1,111G
4-Leaf Clover Spr/ Fall Sum 28 3 96G 960G 4,000G 980G
Fireflower Sum Win 42 4 500G 5,000G 2800G 2,800G
Green Crystal Sum Spr/ Fall/ Win 70 3 1,000G 30,000G 48,000G 17,000G
Noel Grass Win Sum 33 4 270G 2,700G 6,660G 2,000G
Autumn Grass Fall Win 29 3 250G 2,500G 6,000G 1,800G
Pom-Pom Grass Fall Win 14 3 51G 510G 1,500G 440G
Red Crystal Fall Spr/ Sum/ Win 80 3 1,000G 30,000G 56,000G 20,000G
White Crystal Win Spr/ Sum/ Fall 90 3 1,000G 30,000G 80,000G 22,500G
Emery Flower none none 120 2 2,500G 50,000G 500,000G 55,000G

Giant Flowers

Item Name Good Seasons Bad Seasons Grow Time Harvested Crop Sell
 
Ultra Toyherb Spr Win 4+ 2 350G
Ultra Moondrop Spr/Fall Win 7+ 4 650G
King Pink Cat Sum Win 6+ 3 600G
Great Charm Blue Fall Win 8+ 3 1,200G
King Cherry Grass Spr Win 10+ 4 1,200G
Kaiser Lamp Grass Win none 16+ 3 3250G
Big Blue Crystal Spr Sum/ Fall/ Win 55+ 3 67,500G
Super Ironleaf Win Sum 21+ 2 5,555G
Great 4-Leaf Clover Spr/ Fall Sum 28+ 3 5,000G
Big Fireflower Sum Win 42+ 4 14,000G
Big Green Crystal Sum Spr/ Fall/ Win 70+ 3 76,500G
Large Noel Grass Win Sum 33+ 4 10,000G
Big Autumn Grass Fall Win 29+ 3 9,000G
King Pom-Pom Grass Fall Win 14+ 3 2,300G
Big Red Crystal Fall Spr/ Sum/ Win 80+ 3 90,000G
Big White Crystal Win Spr/ Sum/ Fall 90+ 3 101,500G
Great Emery Flower none none 120+ 2 250,000G

Wild

This list includes all wild plants which appear on your shipping record under "Crops". These cannot be cultivated from seeds but can be collected in other ways, such as from the wild or from fallow fields.

Most wild crops will, once shipped, appear for sale at one or more of the town vendors (Sincerity General Store, Carnation's, Tiny Bandage Clinic). No matter what level wild crop you ship, shops will always sell level 1 wild crops. There are 3 crops you can never buy: Monarch Mushroom, Mealy Apple, and Ayngondaia Lawn.

Refer to the World Map for help locating items. The below locations are not always all-inclusive, but rather list the best location for finding a large number of a specific item. Note that most grasses can also be collected from Revival Cave and Maya Road.

Image Item Name Buy Sell Field? Location
Bamboo Sprout 200G 40G yes Selphia Plains B3
Mushroom 2,000G 10G no Selphia Plains D1-4, E1-3; Autumn Road F3;

drops from Big Muck, Tricky Muck

Monarch Mushroom - 10,000G no hidden item, known to spawn at Sercerezo Hill C4 (large mushroom spawns on specific day summer 5 is confirmed), Autumn Road I1 (tree stump);

rare drop from Death Fungus

Mealy Apple - 3000G no Typhoon, Siren
50px Medicinal Herb 80G 8G yes Selphia Plains A1, B1
Antidote Grass (RF4) Antidote Grass 150G 6G yes Selphia Plains
Black Grass 120G 5G yes Obsidian Mansion A9
Orange Grass 120G 5G yes Sercerezo Hill
Red Grass 120G 5G yes Delirium Lava Ruins
Yellow Grass 120G 5G yes Autumn Road
50px Blue Grass 120G 5G yes Selphia Plains C3
50px Green Grass 120G 5G yes Selphia Plains
Purple Grass 120G 5G yes Selphia Plains B2
Indigo Grass 120G 5G yes Yokmir Cave
White Grass 120G 5G yes Sechs Territory
Weeds (RF4) Weeds 30G 1G yes grows in your field
Withered Grass (RF4) Withered Grass 100G 1G yes Cluck-Cluck Nest
Ayngondaia Lawn - 33G no Revival Cave
Elli Leaves 3,500G 250G yes Floating Continent; Leon Karnak; Rune Prana

Mushrooms

As noted above, Mushrooms can be found growing at Selphia Plains D1-4, Selphia Plains E1-3 and Autumn Road F3; they also drop from Big Muck, Tricky Muck. The Monarch Mushroom is also a very rare drop from Death Fungus.

Both Mushrooms and the Monarch Mushroom can be found as hidden items. The easiest way to find hidden items is to bring a monster or villager out adventuring with you and look for the treasure chest filled though bubble to appear above their head. This indicates that there is a hidden treasure somewhere near where the monster/person is standing. Look around until you get a red arrow and click A to receive your treasure!

It is suspected that anywhere you can find a hidden Mushroom is a place where you can also find a hidden Monarch Mushroom. There are 3 confirmed spawns for the hidden Monarch Mushroom: Sercerezo Hill C4 (search the upper leftmost large mushroom), Autumn Road I1 (search the mushroom-covered tree stump), and Autumn Road F5 (search the second leftmost large mushroom).

The Mushrooms have the following effects, when sorted using the X button:

  • +100 HP, +50 RP, heals Poison, Paralyze, and Seal
  • +60% HP, +13.5% RP, heals Fatigue and Cold
  • +100 HP +50 RP, inflicts Poison
  • +100 HP +50 RP, inflicts Paralyze
  • +9.9% HP +10% RP, inflicts Sleep
  • +9.9% HP +10% RP, inflicts Cold

Monarch Mushroom:

  • +100%HP +100%RP, heals Poison, Paralyze, Seal, Fatigue, Cold

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