Gardening in the Sims 3 is a skill for planting seeds and growing produce. You can sell the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor, with the hardest-to-grow plants being more valuable than others. Becoming better as a gardener can help you grow higher-quality produce. You can even use the things you grow to cook meals.

List of Plants

NameLevelRarityWhere to FindExpansion Pack
Apple Tree0uncommonSeeds, apple trees on other lots, apples from supermarket
Cherimola Blan Grapes0commonWorld Adventures
Grapevine0commonSeeds, grapevines on other lots, grapes from the supermarket
Lettuce0commonSeeds, lettuce plants on other lots, lettuce from the grocery store
Renoit Grapes0commonWorld Adventures
Tomato0commonTomatoes from the store, tomato seeds
Avornalino Grapes5commonWorld Adventures
Lime5uncommonLimes from the store, unknown common seeds
Meloire Grapes5uncommonWorld Adventures
Onion5uncommonOnions from the store, unknown common seeds
Plum5uncommonWorld Adventures
Pomegranate5uncommonWorld Adventures
Potato5uncommonPotatoes from the store, unknown common seeds
Watermelon5uncommonWatermelons from the store, unknown common seeds
Bell Pepper7rareUnknown rare seeds, bell peppers on other lots, bell peppers from the store
Cherry7rareWorld Adventures
Cranerlet Nuala Grapes7rareWorld Adventures
Death Flower7specialGraveyard, fishing, science career opportunity, unknown special seeds
Flame Fruit7specialUnknown special seeds, catacombs, science career opportunity
Garlic7rareUnknown rare seeds, garlic from the store
Gralladina Fran Grapes7rareWorld Adventures
Life Plant7specialUnknown special seeds, gardening opportunity, science career opportunity
Money Tree7specialUnknown special seeds, fishing, criminal career opportunity
Pomelo7rareWorld Adventures
Cheese8specialCheese from the store, cheese from other Sims' refrigerators
Egg8specialEggs from the store
Burger Patty9specialBurger patties from the store, burger patties from other Sims' refrigerators
Steak9specialSteak from the store
Omni Plant10specialAfter completing The Omnificent Plant opportunity, order seeds via the mailbox

Learning the Gardening Skill

  • From a book - There are a few gardening skill books that you can read through to increase your gardening skill. Read these at the library to learn more quickly.
  • From a class - The science facility gives a §400 class on gardening. You will increase in gardening level after hanging out there a while.
  • From gardening - If you tend to a garden, water the plants, harvest the produce, weed plants, or do other gardening activities, you will gradually increase in level. The plants that require a higher level of gardening will give you a higher skill increase when you harvest them.

Finding stuff to plant

You can plant any type of produce to grow a plant from it. Also, you might find seeds scattered around town. They look like small yellow objects on the ground. They can be difficult to see, so watch for them as you play.

If you get the Collection Helper lifetime reward, you can set it to show seed locations, which makes finding seeds and other collectibles extremely easy. Just switch the Collection Helper to show seeds, then zoom out to the map view to see icons representing the seeds, which you can instruct your Sim to go to. When you are close to the seeds, they will sparkle, although you need to unpause the game before they will start sparkling.

Also, you will sometimes get opportunities that will teach your Sim how to plant unusual things like cheese, eggs, and steak, or will give you rare seeds or produce.

The auto-sprinkler

To keep your garden growing, you must water it. Your Sim can do this if you instruct him or her to Tend Garden, but it takes a lot of time. To avoid having to make your Sim water the garden, you can buy a sprinkler. However, you have to manually turn it on and off, and while it's OK to have the sprinkler going all day long, you might get sick of the noise. I have heard that having the sprinkler on all the time will increase your Sims' bills.

To fix that, if your Sim is handy, he or she can upgrade the sprinkler to make it auto-water. When it auto-waters, it turns itself on at 4AM and turns off at 7AM. This makes sure that your plants get watered both before and after their growth phase, which prevents them from ever wilting.