Stardew Valley – How to Plant and Grow Trees

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Stardew Valley is all about planting some crops and making money when harvest day comes. Though you will usually want to only plant vegetables, you might also occasionally want to plant and grow some trees.

Fruit trees are a great source of constant income, as they bring you fruits every day if they are in season and never wither away. Since you don’t have to replant them, you will always have a constant source of Gs in their specific season.

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Unfortunately, trees work differently than crops, as you can’t just plant them anywhere, and they have special requirements when you want to place them.

In this guide, we will show you exactly how to plant and grow both normal and fruit trees in Stardew Valley and help you understand how much space they need.

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How to Plant Trees in Stardew Valley

To plant a tree in Stardew Valley, you will need one of the saplings or seeds. Here are all the seeds and saplings that will grow into trees:

  • Acorns
  • Apple Sapling
  • Apricot Sapling
  • Banana Sapling
  • Cherry Sapling
  • Mahogany Seeds
  • Mango Sapling
  • Maple Seeds
  • Mushroom Tree Seed
  • Orange Sapling
  • Peach Sapling
  • Pine Cones
  • Pomegranate Sapling

All of the items that have “Sapling” at the end will grow into fruit trees that won’t produce any new saplings but will bring you fruits that you can use and sell.

The other ones will grow into tall trees that will constantly drop new seeds and grow all over the place like weeds.

To plant trees in Stardew Valley, you just need to hold one of the seedlings from above in your hands and place them on the ground, as you would roads or crops in tilled land.

You can plant trees anywhere on the farm, as long as the ground isn’t sand (Beach Farm).

The only problem with trees is that they need space around them. You can’t place a tree sapling in the ground if there isn’t enough space for it.

How Much Space Do Trees Need in Stardew Valley?

To plant trees in Stardew Valley, you will need the 8 tiles around the seed to be free. This means that there can be nothing in a tile adjacent to the place where you want to plant the seed, a 3×3 tile space.

Just imagine that all of the squares around the space where you want to plant the tree have to be empty.

Unfortunately, this usually makes trees a bad investment, as you could plant 9 crops where you can only plant one tree.

This is why it would be a good idea to only plant trees in tiles where you can’t plant crops. The green patches where you can’t use the hoe and trees grow naturally are an amazing space to plant all of your fruit trees.

If you need wood from trees, you can always cut down the trees that aren’t on your farm, as they will constantly respawn. Only the ones on your farm will drop seeds forever and will slowly conquer your territory.

Another good method would be to plant and grow trees in the Greenhouse in Stardew Valley, as you will get a constant source of fruit from them every day until you decide it’s time for a new playthrough.

How to Get Trees to Grow in Stardew Valley

Once you plant a seed or sapling into the ground, there is nothing more you need to do to grow your trees in Stardew Valley. They will slowly grow by themselves, without any water, and will mature in 28 days.

This means that it will take a full season for a tree to grow. This can be a really long time for impatient players, so it would be best to plan out properly what types of trees you are planting.

If your tree produces fruit in the Spring, then make sure to plant it in the Winter. This is how you will have to think about all of them.

You can still plant them during any season since it doesn’t really matter if you get their produce or not if you only care about their aesthetic value.

Should You Plant Normal Trees for Wood and Tapper?

You might consider planting some trees, such as Maple Trees or Mahogany Trees, either for their Maple Syrup or Hardwood potential.

However, you can find these types of trees outside of the farm. There is a Maple Tree, for example, right at the Bus Station next to the Farm.

If you need Hardwood, you don’t even have to raise and cut down Mahogany Trees, as there are many other sources you can use.

The same goes for the Oak Resin and Pine Tar since you can place your Tapper on trees that are south of the Farm. So, you shouldn’t plant standard trees that don’t produce fruit on your farm, as they would be a waste of time.

They are also very annoying on the Farm, as they constantly drop seeds on the ground, which grow into new trees.

This can be horrible for someone that is trying to make an aesthetically looking farm, as trees will keep appearing in locations you don’t want to see.

The Mushroom Tree might be one of the only expectations as it is very rare, and it will give you a constant source of Mushrooms.

Best Fruit Trees in Stardew Valley – Most Profitable

You can buy most of the saplings for the fruit trees in Stardew Valley from Pierre’s General Store. Though most players don’t care what type of tree they plant, the profit is very important for some.

Especially if you want to use all the possible slots in the Greenhouse and make as much profit as humanly possible.

So, here is the purchase price for all of the fruit tree saplings in Stardew Valley, the sell price of the fruit, and the season they grow in:

Fruit TreeSapling Price at Pierre’sBase Sell Price of FruitHarvest Season
Apple4000 g100 gFall
Apricot2000 g50 gSpring
Banana5 Dragon Tooth (Island Trader)150 gSummer
Cherry3400 g80 gSpring
Mango75 Mussel (Island Trader)130 gSummer
Orange4000 g100 gSummer
Peach6000 g140 gSummer
Pomegranate6000 g140 gFall

By considering just the sell price alone, the Banana Tree would be the most profitable. However, we have to take into consideration the fact that you can only get this tree after reaching Ginger Island.

Since you can only get there once you get to Winter, you will have a long time where you won’t even see it.

This is why, if you had to consider which one would be the best for the Greenhouse, then a full of Peach and Pomegranate Trees would be the ideal choice.

They have the best sell price out of the basic fruit trees, and the Pomegranate will also help you complete two different Bundles at the Community Center.

That’s everything you need to know about how to plant and grow trees in Stardew Valley!

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Adrian Oprea

Based in London, United Kingdom, Adrian Oprea is a Guides Writer. As a professional single-player RPG player, Adrian has often been stigmatized. He has decided to pour his frustration into writing guides!

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