Spring gradually turns into summer, and summer eventually becomes fall. Things change — it’s just a part of life. It’s also a part of the farming mechanics in Stardew Valley. You spend hours, if not days, cultivating your farm, and once the season is over, you have to start all over with the next season’s crops.
But what if you didn’t have to do it all over again? All you have to do is unlock the Greenhouse, and you can carry your plants over from harvest to harvest. So what should you plant now that you aren’t limited by the seasons? Here are the best crops for the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley so you can make the most of farming in any season.
Let’s get started!
How to Unlock the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley
Before you can start farming in any season with the Greenhouse, you have to actually unlock it. You have a couple of options for how you do this. The first method is to become a Joja member for 5000g, which will give you access to the Joja Community Development Form. After you do that, you can use the form and pay 35,000g to have the Greenhouse built. Alternatively, you can complete Community Center bundles. Once you complete all six Pantry bundles in the Community Center, the Juminos will build the Greenhouse for you. Here’s what you’ll need for that.
|Bundle||# of Items||Item Donations|
|Spring Crops Bundle||4||Parsnip, Green Bean, Cauliflower, Potato|
|Summer Crops Bundle||4||Tomato, Hot Pepper, Blueberry, Melon|
|Fall Crops Bundle||4||Corn, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Yam|
|Quality Crops Bundle||3||5 Parsnips, 5 Melons, 5 Pumpkins, 5 Corn (All Gold Quality)|
|Animal Bundle||5||Large Milk, Large Egg (Brown), Large Egg (White), Large Goat Milk, Wool, Duck Egg|
|Artisan Bundle||6||Truffle Oil, Cloth, Goat Cheese, Cheese, Honey, Jelly, Apple, Apricot, Orange, Peach, Pomegranate, Cherry|
Greenhouse Farming 101
Now that you have the Greenhouse, it’s time to get farming. Farming mechanics are slightly different inside the Greenhouse — notably, crops aren’t affected by seasons. You can plant whatever you want, and your crops won’t die when the seasons change. Since your crops are indoors, they’re also not at risk of being stolen by crows!
There are a few things to keep in mind, though. Seed selection in stores still rotates with the season, and the indoor setting means you’ll still have to water your crops when it rains. You also can’t grow giant crops in the Greenhouse, so you’ll have to set aside a space outside for your fancy plants.
Other than that, it essentially functions the same as regular farming. Though if you want to take your Greenhouse farming to the next level, here are some items you can use to make that happen.
If you want your crops to grow, you’ll have to water them every day. While that’s not an issue when you only have a couple crops, it’s a little harder when you have to worry about 120 of them. If you don’t want to waste your time and energy, you should invest in some sprinklers, which do the watering for you. You can start crafting sprinklers at Level 2, though you should craft and upgrade to the higher quality ones once you unlock their recipes, as they have more range. If you want to know what setup you should use for your sprinklers in the Greenhouse, you can find that here.
Another item you can use to enhance your farming is fertilizer, which has different effects depending on which type you use. Speed-Gro makes your crops grow faster, Fertilizer improves the quality of your crops, and Retaining Soil makes it so you don’t have to water them as often. On top of that, fertilizers don’t disappear when you use them in the Greenhouse, provided they don’t go overnight without a crop on them. Quality improving fertilizers are probably the most useful in the Greenhouse, as higher quality crops will earn you more money. However, Retaining Soil fertilizer is also pretty handy if you don’t have any sprinklers or if you don’t want to give up crop space.
Buying seeds certainly makes sense when you have limited time and sufficient resources. However, if you want to increase your profit margins, consider crafting a Seed Maker. Seed Makers, like the name implies, turns crops into seeds, which you can then plant and turn into more crops. Since these new seeds didn’t cost you any money, all of the money you earn from the new crops will be profit. You can also use it to increase the number of crops you have. It’s a machine that’s definitely worth having on hand.
Best Crops for Greenhouse: Single-Harvest
Now that we’ve gone over some farming tips and tricks, it’s time to get planting! Which crops are best for the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley? First up are single-harvest crops, which you plant and then harvest. If you want to keep growing them, you’ll need to plant them again.
Some of the best single-harvest crops for the Greenhouse include Sweet Gem Berries, which are grown from Rare Seeds from the Traveling Cart, and Starfruit, whose seeds you can get from the Oasis in the desert. Even though they aren’t as accessible as other crops, their high values and profit margins make the most of the limited space in the Greenhouse. They’re definitely worth planting if you have the resources. Even if you don’t, you still have a couple options. If it’s fall, you can pick up some artichoke seeds from Pierre’s for just 30g apiece.
Profitable Single-Harvest Crops
For your convenience, we’ve listed the five most profitable single-harvest crops from greatest to least profit. We’ve also included some other helpful information to help you plan what to plant. Also, the daily earnings don’t factor in the price of the seeds, though the order is the same either way.
|Crop||Growth Time||Seed Price||Sell Price||Daily Earnings|
|Sweet Gem Berries||24 days||1000g (Traveling Cart)||3000g||125g|
|Starfruit||13 days||400g (Oasis)||750g||57.69g|
|Red Cabbage||9 days||100g||260g||28.89g|
Best Crops for Greenhouse: Multi-Harvest
And then there’s multi-harvest crops. After they reach maturity, they regrow in a couple days. This is perfect for the Greenhouse, since you can have these crops grow and regrow for as long as you want. All you have to do is plant them once, and you never have to plant anything else again (unless you want to). If you pair multi-harvest crops with Deluxe Soil Retaining fertilizer or sprinklers, you have an infinite source of passive income. So what are the best multi-harvest crops for the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley?
Ancient fruit is one of the best multi-harvest crops in Stardew Valley, though it’s definitely a lot harder to get ahold of. First, you have to find the Ancient Seed artifact and donate it to the Museum. Once you do this, Gunther will give you a packet of Ancient Seeds that you can plant, in addition to a crafting recipe for Ancient Seeds. Now you’ll be able to craft the artifact into plantable seeds. If you’re lucky, you can also find the seeds at the Traveling Cart. At that point, plant the seeds and use the Seed Maker on the fruit to make more seeds to increase the number of plants. It’ll take some time, but the earning potential is definitely worth it. In the meantime, plant some blueberries, strawberries, or cranberries to fill in the space as you gradually build up the number of ancient fruit plants you have.
Profitable Multi-Harvest Crops
We’ve also made a table for multi-harvest crops. Because these crops can regrow indefinitely in the Greenhouse, we based the daily earnings on the regrowth time instead of the initial or total growth times.
|Crop||Growth Time||Regrowth Time||Seed Price||Sell Price||Daily Earnings|
|Ancient Fruit||28 days||7 days||100-1000g (Traveling Cart)||550g||78.57g|
|Blueberries||13 days||4 days||80g||50g (x3)||37.5g|
|Coffee Beans||10 days||2 days||2500g (Traveling Cart)||15g (x4)||30g|
|Strawberries||8 days||4 days||100g||120g||30g|
|Cranberries||7 days||5 days||240g||75g (x2)||30g|
Finally, there’s fruit trees, another seasonal plant that you can plant in the Greenhouse. Just keep in mind that they’ll need some space if you want them to grow. If you want to know what layout you should use to maximize the number of fruit trees, you can find that here. Fruit tree saplings can be expensive, and they take 28 days to grow. However, once they mature, they produce fruit daily, so they’re definitely worth the cost and wait. To make the most of it, plant trees with more valuable fruit, such as peach or mango trees.
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