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Farmville – Strategies & Charts


Gaining an edge on other players in Farmville for bragging right or whatever will require you to maintain strong focus and good farm management.  Although it is only a simulation game, the road to the top requires you to invest time and effort in maintaining your farm. Failure at this simple but crucial concept will almost certainly cause your crops to die. There are many ways in which a player can manage his/her farm properly.  I know it sounds uber-geeky, but the best start you can have is to check out the tutorial at the start of the game.  The tutorial gives you a solid understanding of the basic concepts and the steps needed as you grow and upgrade your farm.  Beyond that, there are some important Farmville Strategies that players must know to further improve their Farmville playing experience. Since Farmville is all about simulation farming, I will give you some important strategies that will undoubtedly prove useful to you.

Managing your crops

You will not become a successful farmer if you don’t tend to your crops very well.  Your crops are the source of everything in this game: it gives you money experience and numerous awards. If you fail to tend your crops, the end result is a land full of decaying crops – wasted and useless. You will find that all your energy allocation for money will become useful after a missed harvest. Thus, when managing your crops consider these very important approaches:

  • Proper seedling selection – There are lots of seedlings which you can choose to plant and all have their own different harvest time and life time. The trick to this is choosing the crops with harvest time that fits your own schedule. We have a lot of important things to do and sometimes the problem is the right timing. Picking the right plants that come to harvest during times you generally access Facebook is critical to your success.  You will be repeating this process many, many times.  It’s up to you to make sure you make it as easy as possible to be at your computer during these crucial times.  Inexact timing is a common mistake that many players make.  Unfortunately, it’s also a costly one in your Farmville game.  So how do you know what to plant?  Well, for your convenience, I’ve included this chart below sorted by Growth Time.  This will help you pick what crops you can have the best chance/success at harvesting.

Seed Growth (Hrs) Level Cost Gain Exp. Total
Double Grain 2 1 63 +104 3
Raspberries 2 8 35 +11 1
Straspberry 2 1 35 +56 3
Blackberries 4 29 90 +27 2
Blueberries 4 17 65 +26 2
Candy Corn 4 5 35 +25 2
Clover 4 70 340 +28 2
Columbine 4 44 355 +25 2
Purple Tomato 4 1 155 +119 3
Strawberries 4 1 25 +10 2
Aloe Vera 6 14 65 +20 2
Ghost Chili 6 26 95 +41 2
Gladiolus 6 28 215 +45 2
Lemon Balm 6 50 245 +45 2
Pinto Beans 6 12 80 +30 2
Sweet Beets 6 1 25 +100 4
Carnival Squash 8 63 370 +85 2
Jalapenos 8 16 95 +115 2
Oats 8 53 240 +70 2
Pumpkin 8 5 45 +23 2
Purple Poppies 8 38 215 +23 2
Sugar Cane 8 31 180 +59 2
Tomatoes 8 20 115 +58 2
Acorn Squash 10 36 190 +68 2
Basil 10 48 315 +85 2
Cranberries 10 10 70 +28 2
Dog Rose 10 24 120 +70 2
Green Tea 10 28 120 +71 2
Lilac 10 4 50 +25 2
Saffron 10 64 380 +70 2
Carrots 12 22 125 +75 2
Elderberries 12 39 210 +60 3
Fire Pepper 12 1 155 +147 4
Heirloom Carrot 12 57 125 +85 2
Long Onion 12 1 270 +235 4
Lupine 12 17 90 +65 2
Morning Glory 12 13 75 +48 2
Onion 12 34 185 +90 2
Posole Corn 12 54 295 +75 2
Rice 12 7 60 +36 2
Wheat 12 1 28 +23 2
White Grapes 12 29 260 +100 3
Red Spinach 14 1 105 +150 4
Spinach 14 6 50 +45 3
Amaranth 16 76 235 +15 3
Asparagus 16 37 235 +122 2
Balloons Crop 16 1 30 +96 2
Bamboo 16 60 435 +115 3
Coffee 16 23 135 +108 2
Goji Berry 16 1 30 +96 3
Leeks 16 19 110 +105 3
Lilac Daffy 16 1 100 +120 4
Pattypan Squash 16 16 80 +80 2
Peanuts 16 1 35 +43 2
Purple Asparagus 16 47 235 +122 3
Rhubarb 16 11 165 +70 2
Squmpkin 16 1 75 +124 4
Zucchini 16 27 235 +85 3
Forget Me Not 18 90 740 +160 3
Ginger 18 42 185 +135 3
Chickpea 20 10 95 +105 3
Rye 20 21 155 +145 3
Cucumber 23 43 305 +145 3
Electric Lilies 23 98 965 +106 5
Golden Poppies 23 6 65 +115 3
Grapes 23 19 100 +170 3
Green Roses 23 1 95 +248 3
Iris 23 45 415 +105 3
Lilies 23 35 210 +159 3
Orange Daisies 23 59 425 +165 3
Peas 23 32 205 +176 4
Peppermint 23 5 65 +85 2
Peppers 23 12 85 +77 3
Purple Pod Peas 23 40 225 +75 4
Red Tulips 23 15 90 +69 3
Soybeans 23 1 30 +33 3
Square Melon 23 52 425 +165 2
Sun Poppy 23 1 190 +265 4
Sunflowers 23 25 150 +165 3
Whisky Peat 23 1 295 +385 4
White Roses 23 80 635 +142 4
Bell Peppers 46 11 90 +108 3
Broccoli 46 35 215 +258 3
Cabbage 46 27 155 +233 3
Daffodils 46 8 75 +60 3
Eggplant 46 1 40 +48 3
Lavender 46 30 175 +140 3
Pineapples 46 15 110 +132 3
Pink Roses 46 20 135 +266 3
Squash 46 4 55 +66 3
Corn 69 24 165 +215 3
Cotton 69 9 90 +117 3
Potatoes 69 21 150 +195 3
Red Wheat 69 30 195 +254 3
Artichokes 96 6 85 +119 3
Watermelon 92 18 145 +203 3
Yellow Melon 92 33 220 +308 3

 

  • Alternative to crops – Sometimes your own schedule can be very unpredictable and you just can’t stop your plants from dying. If you hate the thought of dying plants and vegetation then there is another alternative for you:  trees.  Planting trees is another way in which you can sustain your farm income while not worrying about getting to your harvest in real time.  There is a catch though (there always is!) to this Farmville strategy.  Trees will not yield as much as crops do.  However, trees require no maintenance and do not wither and die compared to crops.  There are 96 kinds of trees in which you can choose from.  I know many players who plan trees almost exclusively as they have erratic schedules so they never risk losing a crop harvest.  You can also plant trees in an orchard really easily which is great for quick harvesting.  Trees grow quicker in an orchard.  I’ve also included a Tree Chart for your reference:

Tree Growth (Hrs) Level Cost (FC) Sell Harvest Pts Source
Acai 46 1 27 48 79 500 Market
Asian Pear 46 1 10 250 140 50 Market
Black Cherry Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Caramel Apple I 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Cherry 46 1 225 11 18 5 Market
Chinese Lantern Tree 46 1 10 500 150 100 Market
Cocoa Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Confetti Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Giant Black Cherry Tree 46 1 10 75 150 15 Market
Giant Chocolate Heart 46 1 10 75 150 15 Market
Giant Cocoa Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Giant Heart Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Giant Sour Apple 46 1 10 75 150 15 Market
Heirloom Apple 46 1 5 500 100 100 Market
Maple 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Money Tree 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Peach Palm 46 1 50 16 474 5 Market
Rainier Cherry 46 1 10 16 54 5 Market
Red Maple 46 1 2 10 25 0 Market
Shinko Pear 46 1 40 16 420 3 Market
Sour Apple 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
Sugar Plum 46 1 5 75 150 15 Market
White Apple 46 1 0 15 40 0 Gift Page
Yellow Maple 46 1 3 15 25 5 Market
Alma Fig 69 1 0 16 99 0 Fig Tree
Almond 69 1 3 33 55 66 Market
Amherstia 69 1 15 60 105 12 Market
Apple 69 1 325 16 28 5 Market
Arjuna Tree 69 1 0 160 140 0 Farmville
Autumn Ginkgo 69 1 25 16 390 5 Market
Bahri Date 69 1 20 16 207 5 Market
Banana 69 14 0 32 56 0 FarmVille
Banana 69 14 4 32 56 6 Market
Blood Orange 69 1 15 16 84 5 Market
Breadfruit 69 1 3 30 55 6 Market
Breadnut 69 1 20 16 165 3 Market
Cashew 69 7 0 40 41 0 Mystery Gift
Cuban Banana 69 1 15 16 168 5 Market
Date 69 20 5 40 69 8 Market
Dwarf Almond 69 1 15 16 165 3 Market
Fig 69 5 0 18 33 0 Mystery Gift
Fig 69 5 0 18 33 0 Gift Page
Golden Malayan Coconut 69 1 40 16 420 3 Market
Golden Plum 69 1 10 16 90 5 Market
Granny Smith Apple 69 1 15 16 84 5 Market
Grapefruit 69 11 4 28 50 5 Market
Guava 69 15 5 33 55 6 Market
Gulmohar 69 1 3 20 55 5 Market
Hass Avocado 69 1 15 16 111 3 Market
Indian Laurel 69 1 0 60 420 0 Arjuna
Jackfruit 69 1 0 150 140 0 Mystery Gift
Lemon 69 1 475 23 41 5 Market
Longan 69 1 0 60 420 0 Lychee
Lychee 69 1 10,000 140 500 100 Market
Mountain Ebony 69 1 15 60 165 12 Market
Plum 69 2 350 17 30 5 Market
Ponderosa Lemon 69 1 15 16 123 5 Market
Rainbow Apple 69 1 500 25 60 5 Market
Ruby Guava 69 1 25 16 165 3 Market
Singapore Jackfruit 69 1 0 16 420 0 Jackfruit
Star Ruby Grapefruit 69 1 40 16 150 3 Market
Tamarind 69 15 4 35 35 7 Market
Walnut 69 11 0 28 50 0 Mystery Gift
Wax Apple 69 1 5 30 55 6 Market
Wax Apple 69 1 0 30 55 0 Mystery Gift
White Walnut 69 1 0 16 150 0 Walnut
Wild Cashew 69 1 0 16 123 0 Cashew
Apricot 92 8 0 30 56 0 FarmVille
Apricot 92 8 5 30 56 6 Market
Chanee Durian 92 1 0 16 195 0 Durian
Elberta Peach 92 1 15 16 141 5 Market
Ginkgo 92 40 8 130 75 15 Market
Golden Apricot 92 1 25 16 168 3 Market
Golden Starfruit 92 1 15 16 195 3 Market
Mandarin 92 1 2 42 80 8 Market
Mango 92 40 8 130 65 13 Market
Manila Mango 92 1 25 16 390 5 Market
Mission Olive 92 1 20 16 336 5 Market
Olive 92 32 0 60 112 0 Mystery Gift
Olive 92 32 5 60 112 12 Market
Orange 92 1 425 21 40 5 Market
Peach 92 1 500 25 47 5 Market
Persimmon 92 1 0 40 70 0 FarmVille
Starfruit 92 2 3 60 65 12 Market
Angel Red Pomegranate 115 1 40 16 324 5 Market
Bubble Gum Tree 115 1 30 16 324 3 Market
Key Lime 115 1 15 16 225 5 Market
Lime 115 1 750 37 75 7 Market
Mint Candy 115 1 30 16 324 3 Market
Passion Fruit 115 17 0 46 93 0 FarmVille
Pine Tree 115 1 10 16 324 3 FarmVille
Pomegranate 115 23 0 53 108 0 FarmVille
Pomegranate 115 23 20 53 108 10 Market
Silver Maple 115 1 25 16 324 5 Market
White Pine Tree 115 1 30 16 324 3 Pine Tree
Yellow Passion Fruit 115 1 0 16 279 0 Passion Fruit

 

Efficient crop maintenance and tree harvesting are two of the best ways in which you can earn great income and experience in the game. They are one of the solid strategies to Farmville that I recommend regardless of your playing style.  It’s best to take full advantage of both trees and crops.  However, the key Farmville strategy is to think about your daily schedule and plant crops accordingly.  Only then will you master your harvest and Farmville in the process!


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