Sons of the Forest Farming Guide

Last Update: March 25, 2023


A Farming Setup in Sons of the Forest Featuring 4 Planters

Food is one of the most vital resources you’ll need access to in Sons of the Forest. Other than water, it's the thing you need the most often, and it’s usually a damn side harder to find too. Luckily, there is an entire farming system you can take advantage of to provide you with a regular supply of plants for various purposes. Our Sons of the Forest Farming Guide will show you everything you’ll need to get started growing your own food and ingredients in Sons of the Forest

We've got a guide for you if you're just getting started in Sons of the Forest, a full map with every location, and item guides for important items such as the pistol, shovel, and flashlight! Once you've mastered farming, we'll also teach you about food and cooking!

How Sons of the Forest Farming Works 

Farming in Sons of the Forest is incredibly simple, and it’s something you can start doing almost immediately. First, you’ll need to create something to grow your crops in, then you’ll need to get your hands on some seeds. Finally, you’ll need to plant your crops and wait for them to grow before you can harvest your food. 

Building a Planter

In the last game, you built something called a garden, but this time, in the early game, at least, you built planters. In the Gardening section of the survival guide, you can find Both standing and wall planters, both of which can be made for less than 20 sticks a piece. You can follow these instructions if you’re unsure how to find the correct section or how to place and build your planter. 

Sons of the Forest Farming Guide Wall Planter on Log Wall
You should end up with something like this. 
  1. Press B to open the guide.
  2. Press X to swap to Construction mode
  3. Click the green plant tab to open gardening.
  4. Click the wall or standing planter you want to build.
  5. Place the wireframe in a suitable location.
  6. Gather enough sticks, and keep tapping E to finish your build. 

Growing Crops

Now that you’ve got your planter, you’re going to need to grow some crops, and that means gettings your hands on seeds. The only real way to get seeds is to get your hands dirty. Head out into the forest and start gathering up random berries and flowers. As you collect them, you should occasionally pick up seeds you can use to plant your own versions of the crops. You should get seeds whether you pick or destroy the plant in question, but there’s no harm in swapping up what you’re doing, just in case. 

Once you’ve got seeds, just approach your planters, hold E, and select the seeds you want to plant. Be careful, as each planter can only retain one seed. If you’re planning on having a farming empire, then you’re going to have to make quite a few of these. They should grow fresh fruit relatively regularly, though, and if you have any companions, you can actually command them to farm the land for you using the 'get items'  command. 

If you're growing flowers, rather than berries, you'll need to wait for the flowers to grow to maturity, which cane take several in-game days, unlike berries that can pop into existence over night. Over the course of a few day/night cycles, flowers will grow into several different stages of maturity, but you won't be able to interact with them until they've grown to a point you'll be able to use them. You should also be able to get some seeds back each time you grow these plants to allow an endless supply of them. Just be careful, as mobs can destroy plans by jumping on them. 

Sons of the Forest Farming Guide Crop List

There are plenty of options when it comes to crops, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out where to get them from and what they look like. That’s why we’ve put together this table to make picking your crops much easier. We'll keep adding new crops as they become available, so make sure you check back pretty regularly for the latest updates. 

Crop Use Description Picture
Blueberries Supplies a small amount of both food and water, but must be eaten in vast quantities to be worthwhile.  A medium-sized bush that can come with leaves or without. It's taller than Salmontree bushes, but not much taller, and, obviously, ends with blue berries dotted around the plant.  Blueberries Growing in Sons of the Forest


Salmonberries Supplies a small amount of both food and water, but must be eaten in vast quantities to be worthwhile.  A small-sized bush that can come with leaves or without. obviously, ends with blue berries dotted around the plant. Salmonberries Growing in Sons of the Forest


Yarrow Can be mixed with Aloe to create a healing mixture A very small plant with bright white flowers all over them. Check closer to the ground than you would look for Chicory.  Yarrow Growing in Sons of the Forest


Chicory Can be mixed with Arrowleaf to produce energy mixture, or Devil's Club and Fireweed to make Energy Mixture+ Similar to Yarrow, but much taller and more obvious. This large plant is typically green, and features bright while flowers at the ends of its stalks.  Chicory Growing in Sons of the Forest


Devil's Club A very necessary ingrediant if you want to make Energy Mixture+. No other uses known right now.  A tall, thin plant with large, maple-like leaves that only cover a small part of the plant. The stem ends at the top in a red flower in a club-like shape, hence the name.  Devil's Club Plant Growing in Sons of the Forest


Horsetail Necessary for making Health mix + but has no other known uses currently.  A medium-sized green plant made primarily of thick green stems growing straight out of the ground. The stems are covered in green tendrils that stick out from the main stem, and usually appear in bunches of at least 3 stems.  Horsetail Plant Growing in Sons of the Forest


Fireweed A very useful crop that is used in the upgraded versions of both the energy and health mixes.  A medium-sized plant feature thick steams covered in long and thing leave towards the bottom. At the top, these plants have tall and thing pink flowers. Fireweed Growing in sons of the Forest


Twinberries A Completely useless crop that does nothing put poison you.  A bush-like plant with oval-shaped leaves and periodically punctuated with peach-colored berries.  Twinberries growing in Sons of the Forest


Thanks for reading our Sons of the Forest farming guide. Be sure to check out our other guides below!

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Endnight Games
Endnight Games
Release Date
February 23,2023
Action, Adventure, Indie, Simulation