ARK: Survival Evolved

Farming Tutorial

Sometimes, if you range the woods, you’ll find some precious seeds. Most people don’t know how to use them. This tutorial will help them to understand all aspects of farming.

Why farming?

On first sight it looks like a bad idea to farm something. You need materials, time, endurance and free space in your home. So why don’t stick with searching the berries and other materials in the wild? This can be answered very easily: quality, quantity and predictability.

Farming requires 5 elements:

  1. Seeds of the plant you want to grow
  2. Plot
  3. Fertilizer
  4. Water
  5. Time


The plot acts as the main “container”. You’ll have to put the seeds, fertilizer and water in the plot inventory. These will be removed in a few seconds and the plot will start growing your plants.


seeds are randomly found while searching for berries from natural sources. More details of the resulting plants on our page: Berries and Plants

Berry Bush seeds
(may be removed)
Azulberry seeds
Amarberry seeds Tintoberry seeds
Citronal seeds Mejoberry seeds
Narcoberry seeds Stimberry seeds
Savaroot seeds Longgrass seeds
Rockarrot seeds



There are 3 different types of Plots. The larger the plot, the more can be harvested.

Small Plot Can be used for every type of berry seeds.
Can hold 200 Waterunits
Can use human and small feces
Medium Plot Can be used for berries and Savoroot, Longgrass, Rockarrot and Citronal
Can hold 400 Waterunits
Can use up to medium feces
Large Plot Can be used for everything in the game, including later introduced crops.
Can use all feces



While growing, the plot will use up the fertilizer over time. You’ll have to make sure, that there is always fertilizer available while growing crops.

Human feces
Small dinosaur feces
Medium dinosaur feces
Large dinosaur feces



Water can be added on 3 different ways: manually, by irrigation and by rain.

If the location of the plot is hot, more water is required, but the crops grow faster.


of course a crop doesn’t pop up instantly. You’ll have to wait a lil bit. The plants will only grow if there is water and fertilizer available. If any of them is missing the growth will stagnate.

  1. Freshly seeded: 0-1 Minute
  2. Seedling: ~7 Ingame Days
  3. Midling
  4. Growthling
  5. Fruitling (ready to harvest)




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