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FarmVille - Crops: What to plant?

Introduction:

The seeds for your crops can be found in your Market window.
What you find there looks like this:

With this limited information, you have to choose and decide from the long list which crop you will plant.
Aaah, decisions, decisions ...

FAQs: What do I plant when ...  (for answers, see bottom of this page)

  1. I want to level up as quickly as possible?
  2. I want to get the most possible coins in the shortest time possible?
  3. I have an instagrow potion?
  4. I have this many hours and I'll be away from computer?
  5. I have this many hours and I'll be at the computer the entire time?
    Do I plant one crop for the entire time, or do I plant several shorter growing crops"

 

1. How do you decide which crops to plant?

What you can plant depends on when you can get back to your computer.

  1. Don't plant something if you can't be back before it withers on you.
  2. If you're at your computer all day/night and have nothing better to do, repeated short-time crops help you advance quicker.
  3. The mid-range crops are ideal to get across your sleepy time.
    The shortest growth-time you'd want for that is about half your normal rest-period.
  4. Away for a while? Choose the long-growing crops.
    A 4-day crop gives you 10 days before they start withering.
  5. Away even longer?
    Don't plant anything at all unless you have an unwither potion or are willing spend farm cash to unwither.
    Alternatively, you can get the FarmVille app for your cell phone that allows you to tend your farm even when away from home...

Other than that, the choice is entirely up to you.

bulletYou farm for your enjoyment.
bulletYou do as you please,
bulletTry out everything at least once, if only to ...
bulletEnjoy the many changing views and colors as your crop grows and matures.
 
cranberries - 0% cranberries - 33% cranberries - 77% cranberries - 100%

BUT ...


2. An informed crop choice can help you advance quicker in the game.

Experience points help you level up.
Farm Coins are required to purchase buildings and other helpful items.
So, especially as a beginning farmer, you may want to chose those crops that give you the best possible outcome.

Crops cost/benefit analysis:
To calculate the yield of a crop, you need to take the entire crop cycle into account.

bulletPlowing gives you 1XP, but costs you 15 coins.
bulletPlanting gives you the XP shown in the Market listing, but the seeds cost you coins.
bulletHarvesting gets you the coins shown in the Market listing + 1 Master point (MP) or Experience point (XP)
bulletFertilizing adds one XP per fertilized plot during harvesting.
bulletBushel boosting can add an additional +1MP or +1XP to the harvesting yield. (before/after mastering the crop)
bulletGrowing Time can be important !
 
Example: Raspberries vs. Strawberries?
  (all values on this page as per 2011/11/22)

At first glance, you might think your choice would depend on whether coins or experience are more important at that moment. 46-20 = 26 coins + 0 XP  vs. 35-10 = 25 coins + 1 XP
Wrong! 

You can grow 2 crops of Raspberries in the same time as 1 crop of Strawberries.

[(46 harvest - 20 seed price - 15 plowing) + 1 XP plowing + 1MP/XP harvest ] x 2 crops 
= 22 coins + 2XP + 2MP/XP in 4 hours vs. 
(35 harvest - 10 seed - 15 plowing) + 1XP plowing + 1XP crop.
= 20 coins + 2XP + 1MP/XP in 4 hours

Apart from the fact that you have to do twice as many clicking to grow 2 crops of Raspberries in the same time as 1 crop of strawberries, the advantage is clearly with Raspberries: 2 extra coins per plot, equal experience, and double the master or extra experience points.

If you fertilize the crop (+1XP) or if you use a bushel boost, (+1MP/XP), the advantage shifts even more to Raspberries.
 

3. The crops:

Crop listing  (home farm, from the market listing, sorted A-Z, end 2011)
 

Market SEED LIST

      MARKET     MARKET       MARKET   PLOWED   BOOSTED
OR
FERTILIZED
  BOOSTED
AND
FERTILIZED
 
icon name harvest revenue seed
cost
plowing cost 1-Crop YIELD growing time yield
/Hr
    1-crop
XP
  1-crop
XP+1XP
growing time relative XP/Hr   1-crop
XP+2XP
growing time relative XP/Hr   1-crop
XP+3XP
growing time relative XP/Hr  
                                               
1 Acorn squash Acorn squash 258 -175 -15 68 10 6.80     1.00   2.00 10 0.20   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40  
2 Aloe Vera Aloe Vera 85 -50 -15 20 6 3.33     1.00   2.00 6 0.33   3.00 6 0.50   4.00 6 0.67  
3 Super Aloe Super Aloe 90 -50 -15 25 6 4.17     1.00   2.00 6 0.33   3.00 6 0.50   4.00 6 0.67  
4 Amaranth Amaranth 350 -220 -15 115 16 7.19     2.00   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31  
5 Artichoke Artichoke 204 -70 -15 119 96 1.24     2.00   3.00 96 0.03   4.00 96 0.04   5.00 96 0.05  
6 Asparagus Asparagus 357 -220 -15 122 16 7.63     2.00   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31  
7 Bamboo Bamboo 550 -420 -15 115 16 7.19     2.00   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31  
8 Basil Basil 400 -300 -15 85 10 8.50     1.00   2.00 10 0.20   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40  
9 Bell Pepper Bell Pepper 198 -75 -15 108 48 2.25     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
10 Black Berry Black Berry 117 -75 -15 27 4 6.75     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
11 Super Black Berry Super Black Berry 125 -75 -15 35 4 8.75     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
12 Blueberry Blueberry 91 -50 -15 26 4 6.50     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
13 Super Blueberry Super Blueberry 100 -50 -15 35 4 8.75     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
14 Broccoli Broccoli 473 -200 -15 258 48 5.38     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
15 Cabbage Cabbage 388 -140 -15 233 48 4.85     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
16 Super Cabbage Super Cabbage 390 -140 -15 235 48 4.90     5.00   6.00 48 0.13   7.00 48 0.15   8.00 48 0.17  
17 Carnival Squash Carnival Squash 435 -355 -15 65 8 8.13     1.00   2.00 8 0.25   3.00 8 0.38   4.00 8 0.50  
18 Carrot Carrot 200 -110 -15 75 12 6.25     1.00   2.00 12 0.17   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33  
19 Chardonnay Chardonnay 315 -200 -15 100 10 10.00     2.00   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40   5.00 10 0.50  
20 Chickpea Chickpea 210 -80 -15 115 20 5.75     2.00   3.00 20 0.15   4.00 20 0.20   5.00 20 0.25  
21 Clover Clover 368 -325 -15 28 4 7.00     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
22 Coffee Coffee 243 -120 -15 108 16 6.75     1.00   2.00 16 0.13   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25  
23 Columbine Columbine 380 -340 -15 25 4 6.25     1.00   2.00 4 0.50   3.00 4 0.75   4.00 4 1.00  
24 Corn Corn 380 -150 -15 215 72 2.99     2.00   3.00 72 0.04   4.00 72 0.06   5.00 72 0.07  
25 Cotton Cotton 207 -75 -15 117 12 9.75     2.00   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42  
26 Super Cotton Super Cotton 207 -75 -15 117 12 9.75     3.00   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42   6.00 12 0.50  
27 Cranberry Cranberry 98 -55 -15 28 10 2.80     1.00   2.00 10 0.20   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40  
28 Super Cranberry Super Cranberry 98 -55 -15 28 10 2.80     2.00   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40   5.00 10 0.50  
29 Cucumber Cucumber 450 -290 -15 145 24 6.04     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
30 Daffodil Daffodil 135 -60 -15 60 48 1.25     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
31 Double Grain Double Grain 167 -58 -15 94 12 7.83     2.00   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42  
32 Eggplant Eggplant 88 -25 -15 48 48 1.00     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
33 Elderberry Elderberry 270 -195 -15 60 12 5.00     2.00   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42  
34 Electric Lily Electric Lily 1111 -950 -15 146 24 6.08     4.00   5.00 24 0.21   6.00 24 0.25   7.00 24 0.29  
35 Fire Pepper Fire Pepper 302 -150 -15 137 12 11.42     3.00   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42   6.00 12 0.50  
36 Forget-me-not Forget-me-not 900 -725 -15 160 18 8.89     2.00   3.00 18 0.17   4.00 18 0.22   5.00 18 0.28  
37 Ghost Chili Ghost Chili 136 -80 -15 41 6 6.83     1.00   2.00 6 0.33   3.00 6 0.50   4.00 6 0.67  
38 Ginger Ginger 320 -170 -15 135 18 7.50     2.00   3.00 18 0.17   4.00 18 0.22   5.00 18 0.28  
39 Gladiolus Gladiolus 260 -200 -15 45 6 7.50     1.00   2.00 6 0.33   3.00 6 0.50   4.00 6 0.67  
40 Golden Poppy Golden Poppy 130 -50 -15 65 24 2.71     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
41 Grape Grape 270 -85 -15 170 24 7.08     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
42 Super Grape Super Grape 270 -85 -15 170 24 7.08     4.00   5.00 24 0.21   6.00 24 0.25   7.00 24 0.29  
43 Green Tea Green Tea 191 -105 -15 71 10 7.10     1.00   2.00 10 0.20   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40  
44 Heirloom Carrot Heirloom Carrot 210 -110 -15 85 12 7.08     1.00   2.00 12 0.17   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33  
45 Iris Iris 520 -400 -15 105 24 4.38     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
46 Jalapeno Jalapeno 130 -80 -15 35 8 4.38     1.00   2.00 8 0.25   3.00 8 0.38   4.00 8 0.50  
47 Lavender Lavender 384 -160 -15 209 48 4.35     2.00   3.00 48 0.06   4.00 48 0.08   5.00 48 0.10  
48 Leek Leek 220 -95 -15 110 16 6.88     2.00   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31  
49 Lemon Balm Lemon Balm 290 -230 -15 45 6 7.50     1.00   2.00 6 0.33   3.00 6 0.50   4.00 6 0.67  
50 Lilac Lilac 75 -35 -15 25 10 2.50     1.00   2.00 10 0.20   3.00 10 0.30   4.00 10 0.40  
51 Lilac Daffy Lilac Daffy 220 -85 -15 120 16 7.50     3.00   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31   6.00 16 0.38  
52 Lily Lily 369 -195 -15 159 24 6.63     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
53 Long Onion Long Onion 505 -255 -15 235 12 19.58     3.00   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42   6.00 12 0.50  
54 Morning Glory Morning Glory 123 -60 -15 48 12 4.00     1.00   2.00 12 0.17   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33  
55 Super Morning Super Morning 150 -60 -15 75 12 6.25     2.00   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33   5.00 12 0.42  
56 Oats Oats 310 -225 -15 70 8 8.75     1.00   2.00 8 0.25   3.00 8 0.38   4.00 8 0.50  
57 Onion Onion 275 -170 -15 90 12 7.50     1.00   2.00 12 0.17   3.00 12 0.25   4.00 12 0.33  
58 Orange Daisy Orange Daisy 590 -410 -15 165 24 6.88     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
59 Pattypan Squash Pattypan Squash 160 -65 -15 80 16 5.00     1.00   2.00 16 0.13   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25  
60 Super Pattypan Super Pattypan 180 -65 -15 100 16 6.25     3.00   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31   6.00 16 0.38  
61 Pea Pea 381 -190 -15 176 24 7.33     3.00   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21   6.00 24 0.25  
62 Super Pea Super Pea 381 -190 -15 176 24 7.33     5.00   6.00 24 0.25   7.00 24 0.29   8.00 24 0.33  
63 Peanut Peanut 78 -20 -15 43 16 2.69     1.00   2.00 16 0.13   3.00 16 0.19   4.00 16 0.25  
64 Super Peanut Super Peanut 90 -20 -15 55 16 3.44     3.00   4.00 16 0.25   5.00 16 0.31   6.00 16 0.38  
65 Pepper Pepper 162 -70 -15 77 24 3.21     2.00   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17   5.00 24 0.21  
66 Super Pepper Super Pepper 162 -70 -15 77 24 3.21     4.00   5.00 24 0.21   6.00 24 0.25   7.00 24 0.29  
67 Peppermint Peppermint 150 -50 -15 85 24 3.54     1.00   2.00 24 0.08   3.00 24 0.13   4.00 24 0.17  
68 Pineapple Pineapple 242 -95 -15 132 48 2.75     2.00   3.00 48 0.06