Contributed by Celeress
If you’ve ever wanted to take a break from doing dungeons, Gardening in Trove is a great way to do it. But starting gardening for the first time could be hard, so this guide is here to help walk you through the process!
First things first, you’ll have to find some sunlight bulbs. These will be the main crafting ingredient for the Gardening recipes and can be found in Sun Lairs in the Trove’s Peaceful biome. One Sun Lair should give enough sunlight bulbs to craft the Gardening Bench. This can be found in the Crafting Bench under the Professions tab. It costs 100 sunlight bulbs, 5 enchanted wood, and 20 Shapestone.
Once you get your Gardening Bench, the first thing you will notice when you use the bench is a list of different tabs and their required level. On the top of this menu, you can see your Gardening level and you will unlock a new tab full of recipes every 50 levels. Mastering the Gardening profession will take a lot of materials to craft the seeds and time to let them mature.
Whether you’re doing it for the mastery points or maybe the Steed Feed, Gardening in Trove provides multiple uses. Most people overlook it and just use Gardening for Steed Feed or those extra mastery points, but enough experimenting with Gardening could yield some satisfying results. Most, if not all, Gardening recipes are only useful if you have space to plant or a purpose to plant things. If its just steed feed you’re after, it can just be placed all over your cornerstone, but Gardening also offers a lot of very nice looking plants which could definitely spice up any club world.
Another important things to know about Gardening in Trove are the Bottle, Cupcake, and Enchanted Stump seeds which all yield their respective resources. All these seeds require rich fertilizer, sunlight bulbs, and a third ingredient which at first glance may seem expensive but keep in mind crafting these yield 10 seeds each. 3 Rich fertilizer, 35 sunlight bulbs, and 5 primordial flames for 10 bottles in 4 hours is pretty good. If you’re in need of any of these 3 materials, growing them might be the fastest way to get them.
It’s not possible to max Gardening in Trove without growing any Rich Fertilizer, so starting early is a good idea, and because most of the seed recipes cost Rich Fertilizer, you will eventually need it. You can acquire these by letting Unripe Compost Heap mature, which can be found in the Newbie tab. The first noticeable difference about this recipe is that it costs water. In order to get water, you will need to craft sponges. Sponges are consumables like bombs which can be thrown. In order to get water, you have to throw sponges at a natural water source, meaning its part of the biome, not a dungeon. Soaking up water with sponges only makes that water disappear temporarily, so it’s possible to use the same water throughout this process. Trove’s The Sea of Tranquility Biomes are the easiest places to find water.
When you craft your sponges and gather some water, you will notice your Gardening level has increased. This level will go up by 1 for every successful item you craft in your currently unlocked tier. This means you can’t craft 250 sponges to master Gardening; you have to craft 50 items from each Gardening tier aside from the last tier which is unlocked when you master Trove’s Gardening. So now after using up your sponges, you should craft Unripe Compost Heap, which later grows into Rich Fertilizer. Aside from sponges, all the seeds and other items you craft in the Gardening Bench will be in your Building Inventory. Sponges and Unripe Compost Heap are easy to make, so the first 50 levels of Gardening comes fairly quickly.
After your first 50 levels of Gardening, you will unlock the Dabbler tier, which now works with lava. You will notice new sponge and seed recipes in this tier as well as lava being used as an ingredient. You gather lava the same way as you would gather water, except now you need to craft Lava Sponges. Trove’s Dragon biomes are the best place to get lava. Lava is used in the Ash Pile recipe, which is another sort of Unripe Compost Heap. When matured, you harvest it for the Ash Pile material which is used in some later recipes. Going from level 50-100 can be easily achieved by crafting Lava Sponges, gathering lava, then crafting Ash Piles.
At Gardening level 100, you will unlock the Enthusiast tier. Now you get to work with Plasma, which is found in the Trove’s Neon City biome. Because both Plasma Sponges and Plasma Condensers (which provide Plasmic Solution when harvested) both require Robotic Salvage, this tier of Gardening could take some time. But if you notice, you now have recipes unlocked that require Fertile Ash as a material, which is harvested from mature Ash Piles. So the fastest way to get through this Gardening tier is to craft the recipes using Fertile Ash or Rich Fertilizer.
Finally at Gardening level 150, you unlock the Gardener tier. This is usually the most sought after tier because now you get to grow Steed Feed; an important crafting material if you ever plan on crafting mounts. Going through this tier is fairly easy as long as you have enough sunlight bulbs and Rich Fertilizer.
Once you get to the Green Thumb tier at level 200 Gardening, you will be able to grow certain crafting materials which include bottles, cupcakes, and enchanted wood. Because the recipes on this tier not only cost rich fertilizer and sunlight bulbs, but they also require other materials such as bleached bones and primordial flames so this tier could take some time and resources.
Once mastered, you unlock the Botanist tier at level 250 Gardening. This tier allows you the ability to grow certain colored blocks once matured. You can also craft Lumina Bulb seeds, who’s mature color depends on the color of light it absorbs while growing. Most of the recipes found on this tier require primal blocks which can easily be found, color depending on biome.
Some extra Gardening tips:
- Each Sun Lair yields about 200-250 Sunlight bulbs.
- Currently, there is no way to check how far into maturing a plant is, so its best to wait rather than harvesting early.
- Planted seeds return the seeds when destroyed!
- You don’t need to water your plants!
- Plants can die under the wrong conditions, such as the Dormant Dragon Eye’s Seed which only grows directly next to lava, or the Neonode Auto-Assemblers which only grow under certain colored light.
- While it’s unclear whether some plants wither and die, it’s a good idea to let them grow exposed to sunlight just to be safe. Since a good portion of the seeds you can craft are purely for decoration, it is believed that these will not just disappear on you but some may require certain growing conditions, like colored light sources, in order to grow. Try experimenting with the large variety of available seeds to see what you can and can’t grow in certain areas. What block you plant the seeds on shouldn’t matter, and will instead just come down to the available light sources, sunlight or not.
- Make sure to read the tooltips on the seeds, they could provide some useful information!
- Sponges return to you if they don’t soak up a liquid!
So whether you want those extra mastery levels, or plan on adding some flavor to your Club World or cornerstone, maybe even just need to grow some Steed Feed or cupcakes, Trove’s Gardening has a lot to offer! There are some cool looking vegetation available from all kinds of biomes so start planting!