Apple tree

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Apple trees may be grown by using the Farming skill. Level 27 farmers may plant an apple tree seed in a plant pot that has been filled with dirt from any empty gardening patch. A gardening trowel is needed to plant the seed, which must then be watered with a watering can. These actions are all performed in the inventory section of the interface.

After a few minutes, the planted seed will become an apple tree sapling and can then be transferred to a fruit tree patch. The fruit tree patch must first be raked clean of weeds. Compost or supercompost may be added prior to planting, and once planted (using a spade and trowel), the nearby farmer may be paid to watch over your tree. The payment for looking after an apple tree is 9 raw sweetcorn, which may be noted to save space.

An apple tree sapling may take fourteen or more hours to mature. An amulet of nature may be bound to the patch to provide progress on its growth. Once mature, the tree produces up to six cooking apples at a time.

Planting the apple tree sapling gives 22 farming experience, and checking a healthy fully-grown apple tree provides 1199.5 farming experience. If the farmer does not watch the tree, then disease on the tree may be removed using secateurs. However, if left alone, the diseased tree will die.

Each apple, when picked, gives 8.5 farming experience. When all six apples have been picked, the tree will slowly produce more apples until all six are available again. However, the apples may be picked individually provided that at least one appears on the tree.

Production costs[edit | edit source]

The data in this table is based on the Grand Exchange prices of an Apple tree seed and an Apple, assuming one seed is processed to 6 apples and a gardener is paid with 9 raw sweetcorn to keep the patch disease free.

Material cost Profit/loss Profit/xp
10,542 −7,248 −5.7

Farming all 5 Fruit tree patches will provide you with 6,362.5 experience and −36,240 coins.

Farming[edit | edit source]

Growth stages[edit | edit source]

Healthy Apple tree
Stage Description Image
1 The apple sapling has only just been planted. Click for a larger image
2 The apple sapling grows into a small stump. Click for a larger image
3 The apple stump grows a little larger. Click for a larger image
4 The apple tree grows a small canopy. Click for a larger image
5 The apple tree grows a second small canopy. Click for a larger image
6 The apple tree grows larger. Click for a larger image
7 The apple tree is ready to be harvested. Click for a larger image
8 {{{stage8}}} N/A
9 {{{stage9}}} N/A
10 {{{stage10}}} N/A
11 {{{stage11}}} N/A
12 {{{stage12}}} N/A

See also[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 July 2011 (Update):
    • Chopping a fruit tree using a Dwarven Army Axe now uses the correct axe animation.
  • patch 27 May 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed the chance of getting seeds back from fully harvested fruit trees.