Green Thumbs Not Required!
Hello! I’m Sarai Griffinsong, avid Wizard101 player and gardener, with a guide for you about how to free yourself from the bonds of gardening.
Dedicated PVP players have many reasons to keep gardens (Click here to learn which plant is best for your PvP needs). Whether you’re gardening for mega snacks to train your dream pet, reagents for crafting PVP gear or a steady supply of treasure cards to fill out your deck, gardening can be a very rewarding activity to take on in the game. But gardening does not have to be the tedious trudge that some believe it to be!
One of the downfalls of gardening can be the time it takes to keep your garden healthy and happy. Suppose you have a garden and you can’t log in for a day or a week or even a month? What will happen to your garden? Will everything be wilted and dead when you return? Do you feel like you can’t keep a garden because you can’t log in every day or even multiple times a day to take care of it? Maybe one day you’d like to use your energy for pet training instead of gardening but fear all of your plants will die if you do? Well I’m here to tell you that you can break free from the bonds of gardening by simply following the steps below!
Important to note: plants only develop needs when you visit and are in your house! With this crucial information in mind, let’s take a look at those rules!
Follow These Steps:
1. Think about the type of garden you’d like to have. Be sure to choose a character who has enough energy to cover all of the needs that type of garden will develop. I find that it’s best to keep one type of plant in each garden house, or at most two types of plants depending on the level of your wizard. Whatever you do, make sure that your wizard’s total energy is enough to care for all the possible needs of the garden you are planning. Let’s use prickly bears as an example. Prickly bears will need a maximum of 45 energy to care for all possible needs in one visit. So we will need to use a wizard that has a total of at least 45 energy.
2. Think carefully about the size of garden you’d like to have, then choose a house that will accommodate that number of plants. Remember a garden will take up two items slots per plant (the plot or pot and the plant).
3. Choose a house that you do not need to access on a daily basis or very often. In other words, don’t use a house where you store your pets that you like to show off or use for hatching, or a house that you use for parties, etc.
4. Only visit your garden house when you are sure you have enough energy to care for all of the needs at once. Get to know your plants and how much energy is needed to care for all of their needs in one visit. Using our previous example, prickly bears need 45 energy to care for all needs in one visit. So I would not visit my prickly bear garden unless I have 45 energy showing in my energy vial.
5. Tend to your garden as the last thing you do before you leave your house. Once you arrive at your house, if you decide you need to do some banking or move your furniture around or look for a long lost pet, do these things first! Then tend to all of your gardening needs right before leaving the garden house.
6. Care for all of the needs of your garden, harvest what needs to be harvested and leave your house asap.
a. Make sure you do not leave friends and visitors behind in your garden house. When you leave, ask your guests to leave as well.
b. Make sure to care for ALL needs before leaving your garden house. Some garden needs can be hard to see. Music needs are notoriously difficult to see. Look closely to be sure none of the plants have needs remaining before you leave
c. Make sure you do not have teleporters leading from one home to your garden house. If someone enters your garden house via a teleporter from another house, your plants could develop needs. This can happen even if you are not present and aren’t aware that someone entered your garden house.
7. Do not return to your garden house until you are sure you have enough energy to care for all needs and have the time to do so.
This is the point where you can leave your garden for hours, days, weeks, months, indefinitely … and your plants will be fine. Your plants will continue to grow from the stage you currently see to the next stage – seed to young, young to mature, mature to elder – but they will not wilt or die. If you return to your garden and find wilted plants, it’s because you didn’t leave your house soon enough and needs developed, you didn’t care for all the needs before you last left your house, you returned to your house at some point and did not care for the needs of your garden, or someone else came into your house (staying after you left, or arriving via a teleporter) and triggered needs to appear that were not cared for.
If you make a mistake and you return to find wilted plants, don’t worry! You still have a chance to save them. Hopefully you have followed my instructions and returned only when you have enough energy to care for all plants in your garden. Simply care for all the needs and your plants will then revert back to their young stage and will not die. Remember, the plants will only progress from the stage they are currently to the next stage between your visits. They CANNOT go from healthy to dead in the span of one visit to the next.
In order for your plants to die, you have to go to your garden house on at least two occasions and neglect the needs of your plants. If you leave your house when your plants are in the wilted stage and do not return to care for their needs in a timely manner, this is the point when they will die. Once your plants are wilted, you must care for their needs within a certain time frame (it’s different for all plants and depends on the likes that are present just how long that time frame is), or they will most likely be dead the next time you return. The key is to wait until you are sure you have enough energy to care for all of the needs, and THEN return. If you do this, they will never die!
If you have gardening questions or advice, let us know in the comments. Thanks, and happy gardening!