Stardew Valley is a serene experience where farming and adventure go hand-in-hand. The more you put into the game, the more you will receive. This can come in the form of noteworthy prizes, amazing discoveries, and even lucrative trades with the townspeople. As a farmer, you’re pretty much expected to grow some crops, but Stardew Valley also features a range of fruit trees. Understanding fruit trees might take some time to digest, but it’s the progress of keeping up with them that might be a tad tedious.
How to Plant Fruit Trees in Stardew Valley
Fruit trees initially come in saplings that can be usually bought at Pierre’s General Store or from the Traveling Cart. They come in eight different kinds, each adhering to one of the three seasons (excluding Winter). For Spring, we have Apricot and Cherry; Summer will allow Banana, Mango, Orange, and Peach fruit trees to grow; the Fall season will give us Apple and Pomegranate.
Depending on which season you’re in, purchase the appropriate saplings then return to your farm. Place your saplings into a clear and untilled 3×3 area. And from there, the game of patience will begin. It doesn’t matter which sapling you plant for whichever season; the key here is that you can only harvest them during their respective seasons. Of course, the Greenhouse is the only exception to that rule.
When to Plant Fruit Trees
Plant your fruit trees immediately as soon as you acquire your saplings. While they can grow during the warmer seasons, it’s Winter time you will have to keep in mind here. Fruit trees will not develop their respective products. That is unless you used fertilizer when initially planting the tree. This will sustain its growth, allowing you to harvest more fruit when it gets cold outside.
Fruit trees take 28 days to fully mature if you choose not to use fertilizer. Ideally, you can prepare by gathering your saplings before the next season begins by planting on the first of the new season. By doing so, you’ll have an easy marker to consider when timing out the growth periods.
Where to Plant Fruit Trees
While fruit trees do need to be planted onto an untitled 3×3 area, it’s important to make sure that nothing is placed right next to it. If something is placed next to it, it won’t be able to grow that day. These include any remaining grass, objects, floor paths, or even another tree that’s in its way. However, once the tree is fully grown, you can begin decorating around the matured sapling. Just make sure nothing is hindering the tree’s maturity for 28 days, then you can start harvesting some fruit.
How to Plant Fruit Trees in a Greenhouse
If you managed to repair the Greenhouse on your farm, you can start planting more fruit trees indoors. The same placement rules apply, except for the exterior wall within the 10×12 space. Our only exception here is that you can’t plant them on either corner of the structure. Aside from that rule, you’re free to plant them wherever you see fit; so long as their 3×3 areas are clear from other objects. And since we’re taking care of the trees inside the Greenhouse, they’ll appear as their Summer versions.
How to Harvest Fruit?
As one would with harvesting crops, players can easily gather their grown fruits. You can either interact with the tree or give it a chop with your ax. This is essentially how to pick fruit, and you can harvest up to three of them. You’ll also need to consider their appropriate seasons when picking them. As aforementioned, each sapling has its own harvesting season, and they are as follows:
- Spring – Apricot and Cherry.
- Summer – Banana, Mango, Orange, and Peach.
- Fall – Apple and Pomegranate.
Of course, Winter is the tough season to by in Stardew Valley. Just be sure to plant your saplings at the right time, ideally during Spring, Summer, and Fall since none can grow during Winter. Not to worry, though: your fruit trees won’t die during the colder season if they’ve been already planted.
All Fruit Trees in Stardew Valley
What better way to look at your possible fruit trees than with a quick breakdown! We’ll go by each season to give you a better window on when to plant and harvest. It is here where you can determine which fruit tree is the best for your farm. Pierre’s and the Traveling Cart’s prices will also be listed below, along with the values for each fruit the more they mature. The only exceptions for Pierre and the Traveling Cart are bananas and mangoes, which are acquired by the Island Trader on Ginger Island.
Apricot: Pierre sells for 2,000g a sapling. Traveling Cart goes for 1,500-2,000g. Apricots initially sell for 50 g; one year after maturity, the one-star quality will see trades for 62g. Two-star sells for 75g; three-star goes for 100g.
Cherry: Pierre sells for 3,400 a sapling. The Traveling Cart can trade in between 2,550-4,250g. Cherries start selling for 80g a fruit; after one year, its one-star quality will go for 100g. Two-star gives you 120g; then the three-star quality sells for 160g.
Banana: Island Trader requires 5 Dragon Tooth for a sapling. Bananas begin with 150g; one-star quality jumps up to 187g; the two-star one will go for 225g; one three-star can sell for 300g.
Mango: Island Trader wants 75 Mussel for a mango sapling. These start off at 130g; after the first year, their one-star quality will equal 162g; two-star mangoes go for 195g; finally, the three-star fruit will reward you with 260g.
Orange: At Pierre’s, you can buy a sapling for 4,000g, while the Traveling Cart might go for 3,000-5,000g. The beginning oranges will sell for 100g; one-star quality goes for 125g; the two-star point will give you 150g; the third-ranking will provide you with 2,000g.
Peach: Pierre sells them for 6,000g per sapling. Traveling Cart can go for 4,500-7,500g. Starting sales go for 140g; one-star peaches will give you 175g; the two-star is valued at 210; then the three-star quality will end at 280g.
Apple: Pierre’s prices are 4,000g a sapling. The Traveling Cart ranges between 3,000-5,000g. Beginning apples sell at 100g a fruit; one-star goes up to 125g; the two-star quality is set at 150; the third-star will give you 200g.
Pomegranate: At Pierre’s General Store, you’ll have to pay 6,000g for a sapling. Traveling Cart’s prices are 4,500-7,500g. For pomegranates, the starting fruit is valued at 140g; the one-star quality sells for 175g; two-star pomegranates go for 210g; your three-star fruit will finally go for 280g.
This is a lot of information to take in, but we hope it’s useful in your journey to raising a successful farm. Be sure to check back later for more Stardew Valley guides, and don’t forget to water your crops!
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C. Anthony Rivera is a freelance writer from Chicago, IL. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Writing and has been published on several gaming websites with reviews, news articles, and guides. He is currently working on a novel.