Guide to hydroponics

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Hydroponics. This is your home.

Basics of Botany

Hydroponics and the Botanists who work there are important to the station, especially in longer rounds. Botanists grow plants that the Chef can use for food. Without botany, the station will have to live off of beef jerky and space twinkies, or starve to death.

Your Area

Hydroponics is divided into two rooms. The big southern section is where you'll spend most of your time growing goods. Trays are available where you grow plants and two vending machines, one with seeds and the other with miscellaneous items such as nutriments and tools for your job. The bio-generator can be used to grind plants and produce things for the station. In tandem is the seed dispenser used to reproduce your product. The northern area is where you can grab most of the equipment needed to work in botany.

Plants require nutriment and water to grow. They are also bothered by pests and weeds. Trays come equipped with alerts that flash specific colors to tell you what's happening with your plant.

From left to right -

  • Green: Ready to harvest.
  • Red: Low health.
  • Red: Weeds/pests/toxins.
  • Yellow: Low nutriment.
  • Blue: Low water.

Tools that are of use in botany -

  • Wrench: Used to move your trays around.
  • Wirecutters: Used to set up the irrigation system. If 30u or more of water is put into trays while the irrigation is set up, water will be shared across trays. This will also distribute things like mutagen and plant killer.
  • Hatchet: Chops tower-caps into planks, chops other things. This is also a very robust tool that can be hit in backpacks
  • Shovel: Digs up grass floors and cleaning the dirt.
  • Cultivator: Kills Weeds.
  • Plant Bag: Collects up to 50 items or 100 seeds from your harvest.
  • Portable Seed Extractor: Found in the lockers of the back room, this can harvest and pick up plants and turn up to 100 plants into seeds.

Seed Extractor Plants 101

Take some seeds from the vendor and put them into the trays. Make sure to keep them weeded with a cultivator and watered. Some plants have a varied growth times, such as wheat growing faster while watermelons or apple trees take a little longer before you can harvest from them. Sometimes these and other stats of a plant are effected if you ignore them after the light warns you of their status. You have a choice of 5 nutriments depending on if you hacked your machine or not. Once your tray flashes green, you're set to harvest. If you want to replicate the plant to continue growing more, just insert it into the seed extractor.

Bio-generator Biogenerators

The bio-generator makes items out of the nutriment in plants, such as watermelons and pumpkins which have a 20% nutriment boost trait. To get biomass, grab a spare bucket and equip the machine with it then put your growns inside. Open its interface and process the plants. If you somehow run out of nutriment in the vendors, remember you can print the three standard nutriments here. You can recycle any plant, though if they don't have nutriment like bananas, the efficiency is very low.

Plant dna manip.gifDNA Extractor

Note: Sometimes these don't appear in outdated maps, if this is the case, you can adminhelp and see if they will put one if they are nice

This machine allows you to extract genes and stats from seeds. This is a very useful machine for mass producing plants, saving time and is super easy.

How to use
1. Go to the locker in the back and take out the box of plant data disks
2. Load a disk into the machine along with any seed of choice
3. Extract seeds to the disk (seed will be destroyed) or extract a gene
4. Put in another seed 5. You can now modify the seed's stats and genes based on what's in the plant data disk

Useful seeds for maxing production

  • On some maps, there's wheat on the table, this wheat has 50 potency and 1 production speed
  • Treecaps have naturally high endurance and resistance and 50 potency
  • The tobacco in the seed vendor has 10 yield
  • The wheat in the seed vendor has 1 production speed

NOTE:Not all traits are readily transferable: potency for example is capped at 50% on the standard machine.
To up your potency cap, upgrade the machine with the help of RnD: each of its three components (manipulator, scanner, laser) will up the cap by 5% multiplied by their research tier;
Machine base is 35%, all T1 components net +(5%x1)x3= 15% total, and all T4 components net +(5%x4)x3=60% total, making the maximum cap 95%.
Maturation rate is also not readily transferable.

Plants

There are three types of plants. The biggest category is "normal plants". The much smaller ones are mushrooms and weeds. They are a little different from the normal plants:

  • Mushrooms need less light, and suffer less from lack of it.
  • Mushrooms don't need water to grow. They still use it, though.
  • Weeds don't suffer from high weed level.
  • Mushrooms and weeds can't be overtaken by weeds in a tray.
  • Mushrooms' yield can't drop to 0. It will always be at least 1.

Trays, whether empty or occupied by plants, can be occasionally overtaken by a weed if their level is 5 or more. In that case the old plant is destroyed, and a new one will sprout in its place. Possible plants include:

  • 1/6 chance for Reishi.
  • 1/9 chance for Nettle.
  • 1/9 chance for Harebell.
  • 1/9 chance for Amanita.
  • 1/9 chance for Chanterelle.
  • 1/9 chance for Tower Cap.
  • 1/9 chance for Plump Helmets.
  • 1/6 chance for Starshittle.

Here's a chart for reference on what you can grow.

Plant Chart (mouse over the reagents to have a brief effect description)

Name Type Seed Potting Product Reagent Production Traits Available from Mutates into
Ambrosia deus Normal Ambrosia deus seed.png Ambrosia deus stage harvest.gif Ambrosia deus.png 5% nutriment, 15% omnizine, 15% synaptizine, 10% space drugs, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Ambrosia vulgaris Ambrosia gaia
Ambrosia gaia Normal Ambrosia gaia seed.png Ambrosia gaia stage harvest.gif Ambrosia gaia.png 6% nutriment, 5% earthsblood, 5% vitamin Mutate Ambrosia deus
Ambrosia vulgaris Normal Ambrosia vulgaris seed.png Ambrosia vulgaris stage harvest.png Ambrosia vulgaris.png 5% nutriment, 10% bicaridine, 10% kelotane, 15% space drugs, 10% toxin, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Ambrosia deus
Apple Normal Appleseed.png Appletree.png Apple.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Gold apple
Banana Normal Bananaseed.png Bananatree.png Banana.png 10% banana juice, 10% potassium, 4% vitamin, 2% nutriment Slippery Skin, Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Exotic Seeds Crate Mimana, Blue-space banana
Mimana Normal Minanaseed.png Minanatree.png Minana.png 10% nothing, 10% mute toxin, 2% nutriment Slippery Skin, Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Exotic Seeds Crate Mimana, Blue-space banana
Berry Normal Berryseed.png BerryTree.png Berry.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Glow-berry, Poison-berry
Blood tomato Normal Bloodtomatoseed.png Bloodtomatoplant.png Bloodtomato.png 10% nutriment, 20% blood, 4% vitamin Liquid Contents, Perennial Growth Mutate Tomato
Blue-space banana Normal Bluespacebananaseed.png Bluespacebananaplant.png Bluespacebanana.png 20% singulo, 10% banana juice, 4% vitamin, 2% nutriment Slippery Skin, Bluespace Activity, Perennial Growth Mutate Banana
Blue-space tomato Normal Bluespacetomatoseed.png Bluespacetomatoplant.png Bluespacetomato.png 10% nutriment, 20% singulo, 20% space lube, 4% vitamin Slippery Skin, Bluespace Activity, Liquid Contents, Perennial Growth Mutate Blue tomato
Blue cherry Normal Bluecherryseed.png Bluecherrytree.png Bluecherry.png 7% nutriment, 7% sugar Perennial Growth Mutate Cherry
Blue tomato Normal Bluetomatoseed.png Bluetomatoplant.png Bluetomato.png 10% nutriment, 20% space lube, 4% vitamin Slippery Skin, Perennial Growth Mutate Tomato Blue-space tomato
Blumpkin Normal Blumpkinseed.png Blumpkinplant.png Blumpkin.png 20% ammonia, 10% chlorine, 20% nutriment Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, mutate Pumpkin
Cabbage Normal Cabbageseed.png Cabbageplant.png Cabbage.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Replica pod
Cannabis Normal Cannabisseed.png Cannabisplant.png Cannabis.png 15% space drugs, 35% lipolicide Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor (hacked) Rainbow weed, Deathweed, Lifeweed, Omega weed
Carpet Normal Carpetseed.png Growncarpet.png Carpet.png 2% nutriment, 5% hydrogen Perennial Growth Mutate Grass
Carrot Normal Carrotseed.png Carrotplant.png Carrot.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin, 25% oculine MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Parsnip
Chanterelle Mushroom Chanterelleseed.png Chanterelleplant.png Chanterelle.png 10% nutriment Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate, can overtake a tray
Cherry Normal Cherryseed.png Cherrytree.png Cherry.png 7% nutriment, 7% sugar Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Blue cherry
Cherry Bomb Normal Cherrybombseed.png Cherrybombtree.png Cherrybomb.png 10% nutriment, 10% sugar, 70% blackpowder Perennial Growth Only available from Xenobiology
Chili Normal Chiliseed.png ChiliTree.png Chili.png 4% nutriment, 25% capsaicin, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Ghost chili, Ice Pepper
Cocoa Normal Cocoapodseed.png Cocoapodtree.png Cocoapod.png 10% nutriment, 25% cocoa Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Vanilla
Coffee arabica Normal Coffeearabicaseed.png CoffeearabicaTree.png Coffeearabica.png 10% coffee powder, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Coffee robusta
Coffee robusta Normal Coffeerobustaseed.png CoffeerobustaTree.png Coffeerobusta.png 10% coffee powder, 4% vitamin, 10% ephedrine Perennial Growth Mutate Coffee arabica
Corn Normal Cornseed.png CornPlant.png Corn.png 10% nutriment, 20% corn oil, 4% vitamin MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Snapcorn
Death berry Normal Deathberryseed.png Deathberrytree.png Deathberrypile.png 10% nutriment, 8% coniine, 10% tirizene, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Poison-berry
Death nettle Weed Deathnettleseed.png Deathnettleplant.png Deathnettle.png 50% fluorosulphuric acid, 50% sulphuric acid Perennial Growth, Weed Adaptation, Hypodermic Prickles Mutate Nettle, weed mutation
Deathweed Normal Deathweedseed.png Deathweedplant.png Deathweed.png 35% cyanide, 15% space drugs, 15% lipolicide Perennial Growth Mutate Cannabis
Destroying angel Mushroom Angleseeds.png Angleplant.png Angle.png 10% amatoxin, 4% mushroom hallucinogen, 20% amanitin Fungal Vitality Mutate Fly amanita
Eggplant Normal Eggplantseed.png Eggplantplant.png Eggplant.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Egg-plant
Egg-plant Normal Eggyseed.png Eggyplant.png Begg.png 10% nutriment Perennial Growth Mutate Eggplant, Exotic Seeds Crate
Fly amanita Mushroom Amanitaseeds.png Amanitaplant.png Amanita.png 35% amatoxin, 4% mushroom hallucinogen Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor (hacked), Exotic Seeds Crate, can overtake a tray Destroying angel
Gatfruit Normal Gatfruitseed.png Gatfruittree.png Gatfruit.png 10% sulfur, 10% carbon, 7% nitrogen, 5% potassium Perennial Growth Only available from Xenobiology
Geranium Normal Geraniumseed.png Geraniumplant.png Geranium.png 5% nutriment, 20% bicaridine Mutate Poppy
Glow-berry Normal Glowberryseed.png Glowberrytree.png Glowberrypile.png 10% nutriment, 25% uranium, 20% iodine, 4% vitamin. Luminosity: 20%. Strong Bioluminescence, Separated Chemicals, Perennial Growth Mutate Berry
Ghost chili Normal Chillighostseed.png Chillighosttree.png Chillyghost.png 4% nutriment, 55% capsaicin, 30% condensed capsaicin Perennial Growth Mutate Chili
Glowshroom Mushroom Glowshroomseed.png Glowshroomplant.png Glowshroom.png 10% radium, 10% phosphorus, 4% nutriment. Glow: 10% Bioluminescence, Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor (hacked) Glowcap
Glowcap Mushroom Glowcapseed.png Glowcapplant.png Glowcapshroom.png 10% teslium. Glow: 10%. Restores up to 100% battery charge. Electrical Activity, Bioluminescence, Fungal Vitality Mutate Glowshroom
Gold apple Normal Goldappleseed.png Goldappletree.png Goldapple.png 10% nutriment, 20% gold, 4% vitamin Mutate Apple
Grapes Normal Grapesseed.png Grapeplant.png Grapes.png 10% nutriment, 10% sugar, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Green grapes
Grass Normal Grassseed.png Growngrass.png Grass.png 1% nutriment, 5% hydrogen Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Carpet
Green grapes Normal Greengrapesseed.png Greengrapeplant.png Greengrapes.png 10% nutriment, 20% kelotane, 10% sugar, 4% vitamin Mutate Grapes
Harebell Weed Harebellseed.png Harebellplant.png Harebell.png 4% nutriment Weed Adaptation Can overtake a a tray
Holymelon Normal Holymelonseed.png Holymelonplant.png Holymelon.png 20% holy water, 4% vitamin, 10% nutriment Perennial Growth Mutate Watermelon
Ice Pepper Normal Icepepperseed.png Icepepperplant.png Icepepper.png 2% nutriment, 25% frost oil, 2% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Chili
Killer tomato Normal Killertomatoseed.png Killertomatoplant.png Killertomato.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Liquid Contents Mutate Tomato
Koibean Normal Koibeanseed.png Koibeanplant.png Koibeans.png 5% nutriment, 10% carpotoxin, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Soybean
Kudzu Weed Kudzuseed.png Kudzuplant.png Kudzu.png 2% nutriment, 4% charcoal Perennial Growth, Weed Adaptation Weed mutation Special, see this.
Lemon Normal Lemonseed.png Lemontree.png Lemon.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Combustible Lemon
Liberty-cap Mushroom Libertycapseed.png Libertycapplant.png Libertycap.png 2% nutriment, 25% mushroom hallucinogen Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor (hacked), Exotic Seeds Crate, weed mutation
Lifeweed Normal Lifeweedseed.png Lifeweedplant.png Lifeweed.png 35% omnizine, 15% space drugs, 15% lipolicide Perennial Growth Mutate Cannabis
Lily Normal Lilyseed.png Lilyplant.png Lily.png 5% nutriment, 20% bicaridine Perennial Growth Mutate Poppy
Lime Normal Limeseed.png Limetree.png Lime.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, mutate Orange Orange
Meatwheat Normal Meatwheatseeds.png Meatwheatplant.png Meatwheat.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin Mutate Wheat
Combustible Lemon Normal File:Firelemonseed.png File:Firelemontree.png File:Firelemon.png 5% nutriment Perennial Growth Mutate Lemon
Moonflower Normal Moonflowerseed.png Moonflowerplant.png Moonflower.png 2% nutriment, 2% vitamin, 20% moonshine Mutate Sunflower
Nettle Weed Nettleseed.png Nettleplant.png Nettle.png 50% sulphuric acid Perennial Growth, Weed Adaptation MegaSeed Servitor (hacked), Exotic Seeds Crate, can overtake a tray Death nettle
Novaflower Normal Novaflowerseed.png Novaflowerplant.png Novaflower.png 25% condensed capsaicin, 30% capsaicin Mutate Sunflower
Oat Normal Oatseed.png Oatplant.png Oat.png Mutate Wheat
Omega weed Normal Omegaweedseed.png Omegaweedplant.gif Omegaweed.gif 30% space drugs, 30% mindbreaker toxin, 15% mercury, 15% lithium, 15% atropine, 15% haloperidol, 15% methamphetamine, 15% capsaicin, 15% barber's aid, 15% bath salts, 15% itching powder, 15% crank, 15% krokodil, 15% histamine, 15% lipolicide Perennial Growth Mutate Cannabis
Orange Normal Orangeseed.png Orangetree.png Orange.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, mutate Lime Lime
Parsnip Normal Parsnipseed.png Parsnipplant.png Parsnip.png 5% vitamin, 5% nutriment Mutate Carrot
Plump helmet Mushroom Plumphelmetseed.png Plumphelmetplant.png Plumphelmet.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor (hacked), Exotic Seeds Crate, can overtake a tray Walking mushroom
Poison-berry Normal Poisonberryseed.png Poisonberrytree.png Poisonberries.png 10% nutriment, 15% cyanide, 20% tirizene, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Berry Death berry
Poppy Normal Poppyseed.png Poppyplant.png Poppy.png 5% nutriment, 20% bicaridine MegaSeed Servitor Geranium, Lily
Potato Normal Potatoseed.png Potatoplant.png Potato.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Capacitive Cell Production MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Sweet Potato
Pumpkin Normal Pumpkinseed.png Pumpkinplant.png Pumpkin.png 20% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Blumpkin
Rainbow weed Normal Rainbowweedseed.png Rainbowweedplant.gif Rainbowweed.gif 15% mindbreaker toxin, 35% lipolicide Perennial Growth Mutate Cannabis
Redbeet Normal Redbeetseed.png Redbeetplant.png Redbeet.png 5% nutriment, 5% vitamin Densified Chemicals Mutate Whitebeet
Rice Normal Riceseed.png Riceplant.png Rice.png MegaSeed Servitor
Reishi Mushroom Reishiseeds.png Reishiplant.png Reishi.png 35% charcoal, 35% morphine Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor (hacked), can overtake a tray
Replica pod Normal Replicapodseed.png Replicapodplant.png MegaSeed Servitor, Exotic Seeds Crate, Mutate Cabbage
Snapcorn Normal Snapcornseed.png SnapcornPlant.png Snapcorn.png 10% nutriment, 20% corn oil, 4% vitamin Mutate Corn
Soybean Normal Soybeanseeds.png Soybeansplant.png Soybeans.png 5% nutriment, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Koibean
Space tobacco Normal Spacetobaccoseed.png SpacetobaccoTree.png Spacetobacco.png 3% nutriment, 8% nicotine, 5% salbutamol Mutate Tobacco
Starthistle Weed Weedsplant.png Can overtake a tray
Steelcap Mushroom Steelcapseed.png Steelcapplant.png Steelcap.png Fungal Vitality Mutate Towercap
Sugarcane Normal Sugarcaneseed.png Sugarcaneplant.png Sugarcane.png 25% sugar Perennial Growth Seeds Crate
Sunflower Normal Sunflowerseed.png Sunflowerplant.png Sunflower.png 8% corn oil, 4% nutriment MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Moonflower, Novaflower
Sweet Potato Normal Sweetpotatoseed.png Sweetpotatoplant.png Sweetpotato.png 10% nutriment, 10% sugar, 10% vitamin Mutate Potato
Tea aspera Normal Teaasperaseed.png TeaasperaTree.png Teaaspera.png 10% tea powder, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Tea astra
Tea astra Normal Teaastraseed.png TeaastraTree.png Teaastra.png 10% tea powder, 10% synaptizine, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth Mutate Tea aspera
Tobacco Normal Tobaccoseed.png TobaccoTree.png Tobacco.png 3% nicotine, 3% nutriment MegaSeed Servitor Space tobacco
Tomato Normal Tomatoseeds.png Tomatoplant.png Tomato.png 10% nutriment, 4% vitamin Liquid Content, Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Blood, Blue or Killer tomato
Towercap Mushroom Towercapseed.png Towercapplant.png Towercap.png Fungal Vitality MegaSeed Servitor, can overtake a tray Steelcap
Vanilla Normal Vanillaseed.png Vanillaplant.png Vanilla.png 25% vanilla, 10% nutriment Perennial Growth Mutate Cocoa
Walking mushroom Mushroom Walkingmushroomseed.png Walkingmushroomplant.png Walkingmushroom.png 15% nutriment, 5% vitamin Fungal Vitality Mutate Plump helmet
Watermelon Normal Watermelonseed.png Watermelonplant.png Watermelon.png 20% nutriment, 20% water, 4% vitamin Perennial Growth MegaSeed Servitor Holymelon
Wheat Normal Wheatseeds.png Wheatplant.png Wheat.png 4% nutriment MegaSeed Servitor, Seeds Crate Oat, Meatwheat
Whitebeet Normal Whitebeetseed.png Whitebeetplant.png Whitebeet.png 5% nutriment, 20% sugar, 4% vitamin MegaSeed Servitor Redbeet

Chemicals

Fertilizers

  • E-Z-Nutrient: Makes your plant mutate once every time it's ready for harvesting, and has no effect on the yield.
  • Left 4 Zed: Makes your plant mutate twice, but it will only produce one plant at most - if the plant's yield is 0, then nothing is produced! You'll have to use another fertilizer to harvest the normal yield of the plant.
  • Robust Harvest: Makes your plant produce twice as much, and will never mutate it. Useful if you already have good stats, are using unstable mutagen and don't want random mutations to interfere, or simply don't want to bother with mutating at all.
  • Nutriment: A fertilizer. You can get it from the Chef, or by using your own plants. Heals the plant.
  • Ammonia: Also a fertilizer, same effect as nutriment. Get it from the Chemist or hack the Nutri-Vend to get this.
  • Diethylamine: A very powerful fertilizer. Twice as effective, meaning 1 unit diethylamine adds 2 units nutrient. Heals the plant AND also kills pests. Get it the same way you get Ammonia.

Pest Removal

  • Pest Killer: Kills pests, and adds a small amount of toxicity.
  • Weed Killer: Same as above, but for Weeds.

Stats

  • Unstable Mutagen: Used to randomly mutate plants without harming them directly with toxins. Only use 1 or 2 units for optimized results.
  • Radium and Uranium: Same chance to mutate plants, but you need 10 units, they also damage the plant and add toxicity.
  • Saltpeter: Ask the chemists for this, this increases potency and has a chance to increase yield as well

Plant Meds

  • Charcoal: Makes your plant less toxic. You can get it by whining to anyone who works in Medbay.
  • Cryoxadone: Heals your plant, via miracles. Also lowers toxicity. Get it from the Chemist, or find a nice doctor to steal some from cryogenics.
  • Holy water: If you can get the Chaplain's attention and make him bless your water, it will heal your plant a bit.
  • Ash: Heals your plant and adds nutriment. Also kills weeds.
  • Saltpetre: Heals your plant, increases potency and decreases production time.

Plant Killers

  • Plant-B-Gone: Seriously damages the plant. Also lowers toxicity by magic and kills weeds.
  • Toxins, Acids, Fluorine, Chlorine: Damage the plant.
  • Sugar: Makes pests and weeds grow stronger. Unless you plan to use some mutagen to unleash giant spiders upon the station, it's of no use.
  • Phosphorus: Damages plant, drains water, kills weeds and, surprisingly, adds nutriment. If you manage to get your hands on a lot of it, you can use it to kill useless plants without hurting the next plant.

Advanced Botany

Maybe you want to grow something more impressive than the tiny potatoes your plants probably produced. Or perhaps you got unlucky and harvested only one of each. A plant's stats determine all this and more, and true botanists are unafraid to PLAY GOD and change them!

Stats

Use your plant analyzer on a growing plant. You should get something like this:

  • Plant Age: 5
  • Plant Endurance: 15
  • Plant Lifespan: 25
  • Plant Yield: 4
  • Plant Production: 1
  • Plant Potency: 5
  • Weed level: 2/10
  • Pest level: 3/10
  • Toxicity level: 0/100
  • Water level: 86/100
  • Nutrition level: 7/10

You can also scan the growns:

  • Plant type: Normal plant
  • Potency: 5
  • Yield: 4
  • Maturation speed: 6
  • Production speed: 1
  • Endurance: 15
  • Nutritional value: 1
  • Other substances: 0

And seeds (you can also see these stats from inside the seed extractor storage):

  • Plant Endurance: 15
  • Plant Lifespan: 25
  • Species Discovery Value: 0
  • Plant Yield: 4
  • Plant Production: 1
  • Plant Potency: 5

These names may be confusing at first. Here is what they all mean:

  • Age: Age of the plant. Only relevant in terms of the lifespan stat.
  • Endurance: Max health. Between 10 and 100. Not very useful, unless you leave your garden often.
  • Lifespan: When the age is above lifespan, the plant starts losing health. Between 10 and 100. Not important at all in plants that can only be harvested once, unless they die before harvest. Barely useful for the other ones, because you can always plant it again.
  • Yield: How much product you get each harvest. Between 0 and 10. Pay attention to this, because if it drops to 0, you won't harvest anything.
  • Maturation Speed: Age cycles before the plant can start production. The first harvest will be (Maturation Speed + Production Speed).
  • Production Speed: How fast your plant reaches harvest. Between 1 and 10 -- the lower the faster. The plant has to wait (Production Speed) age cycles before each harvest.
  • Potency: The most important stat. Between 0 and 100. Basically, this determines plant power. Mostly affects the amount of chemicals in the plant, though some have additional effects, such as stun length for bananas. To get the amount of a given chemical in a plant, multiply the reagent in the chart by the potency: for example, 10% nutriment will be 5 nutriment at 50 potency.

Traits

Some plants have special traits, that can be tranferred through the Plant DNA Manipulator.

  • Slippery Skin: Causes the plant, or any products of the plant, to become slippery. The stun time is (Potency * 0.08), divided by 3 unless the plant has lube or is a banana. Maximum stun is 7 seconds.
  • Liquid Contents: Causes the plant to squash when thrown, applying the reagents inside on the target and destroying the plant.
  • Hypodermic Prickles: Plants with this trait will sting when thrown, transferring a portion of their chemicals to the target.
  • Capacitive Cell Production: Plants with this trait can be made into batteries with the addition of wire. Electrical Activity increases the cell's maximum charge.
  • Electrical Activity: Gives the plant electrical charge, making it recharge batteries when used; it will also electrocute on slip if it also has Slippery Skin and on hit if it has Liquid Contents.
  • Bluespace Activity: Gives the plant bluespace properties, making it teleport people hit if the plant has Liquid Contents, and on slip if it has Slippery Skin.
  • Bioluminescence: Causes the plant to glow, emitting light equal to 10% of potency.
  • Strong Bioluminescence: Causes the plant to glow, emitting light equal to 20% of potency.
  • Separated Chemicals: Makes plant reagents not react until squashed.
  • Densified Chemicals: Doubles the reagent capacity of the plant.
  • Perennial Growth: Plants with this trait can be harvested more than once.
  • Weed Adaptation: The plant acquires weed-like properties, making it not need nutrients and immune to weeds in the tray.
  • Fungal Vitality: The plant acquires mushroom-like properties, making it not need light or water.
  • Gaseous Decomposition: Plants with this trait emit a smoke cloud when squashed, spewing reagents everywhere. Requires Liquid Contents to be useful.

Mutations

To change the stats, you need to mutate your plant. Keep in mind that mutations are completely random, but you can do a more efficient job depending on how much you're willing to cooperate with other departments.

  • Of your starting fertilizers, E-Z Nutriment makes the plant mutate once every time it's ready to harvest. Left 4 Zed makes it mutate twice, but you'll have to replace the nutriment to actually harvest something! Finally, regular nutriment has a very small chance to mutate the plant into a different specie.
  • You can speed up the process by asking the chemist for some unstable mutagen. The effects of mutagen depend on how much you use. Best applied after transferring it to an empty fertiliser bottle, for greater control over amount used (Right-click > Set transfer amount). Pour 5 units on your plant and prepare for...
    • 10% chance of the plant losing lots of health instantly. The plant can die because of this
    • 10% chance of mutation into a related species. This destroys the old plant and plants a new one. See the plants table for the information on these mutations.
    • 15% chance of heavy stat mutation with a 3% chance of a new trait appearing.
    • 15% chance of normal stat mutation.
    • 20% chance of nothing. You get a message when this happens.
    • 10% chance of weeds mutating. If weed level is less than 5, nothing happens, otherwise you get a random mutated weed.
    • 10% chance of pests mutating. Again, if pest level is less than 5, nothing happens. Otherwise, three spiderlings are spawned. Shout for help and try to explain to security why you didn't use pest spray.

Or, if you don't want to bother with species mutation, pour 2 units for a guaranteed heavy stat mutation with a 3% chance of a new trait appearing, or even 1 for a guaranteed normal stat mutation. This method is safe even if you don't have backup seeds, and you can use a bottle for it.

  • You can use radium and uranium, but they cause ill effects, and if you can get radium, you can get mutagen.
  • R&D can also make a wonderful thing called a Floral Somatoray. It has two options: increase yield and mutate the plant. In yield more mode, every time you fire it at the plant, there is a chance the yield will increase. The chance becomes very small when you reach high levels, but it's very useful for low-yield plants. It can even raise yield from zero! In mutation mode, it will always induce a normal stat mutation.

Replica Pod Cloning

Replica pod is a very special plant. It can be used to grow dead people back to life, in the case that genetics is destroyed. To clone someone, follow these simple steps:

  • Take a blood sample from the body using a syringe.
  • Inject it into the bag of seeds.
  • Plant the seeds.
  • Let the plant grow and harvest it.

A cloned person will become a podman. They are a little different from normal humans (e.g. they regenerate in light but suffer in darkness).

If you grow a replica pod without any blood, there's a chance that it will produce more than one seed, and this chance depends on both luck and the plant's yield. Cabbage can be mutated into a replica pod.

Other Notes

Kudzu

Usual plant stats affect active kudzu in the specific way:

  • Potency of the seed will make kudzu mutate more on spread, the chance to mutate on each new piece is [potency / 10]
  • Production will affect how fast the kudzu can spread, usual kudzu spreads at a rate of 20% of the amount of pieces per tick but no more than 30, production changes the cap [30 * production / 50] and the percent of processed pieces per tick [20 * (production / 50)]


Killing the last piece of kudzu will create a kudzu seed on its place with all the mutations of the piece saved in the seed, so if you reactivate it new first piece will have all the same mutations the seed has and will spread it to all the progenitors. Kudzu can gain mutations only on spread, here is the list of all of them:

  • CO2 consumption - positive mutation, consumes CO2 from the air
  • Space covering - positive mutation, makes vines grow vine floors over space
  • Light - positive mutation, about 40% of the vines with this mutation emit light slightly more powerful than PDA
  • Transparency - positive mutation, makes vines look-through
  • Toxins consumption - positive mutation, absorbs plasma from the air
  • Bluespace vines - minor negative mutation, makes vines be able to grow through anything
  • Explosive - minor negative mutation, on death vines with this mutation explode with a 0,0,2 power, clusters of this vine will chain-explode one after another
  • Fire resistant - minor negative mutation, makes vines ignore fire damage, be it plasma fires or welders
  • Vine eating - minor negative mutation, vines with this mutation will eat vines without it
  • Toxicity - negative mutation, eating vine with this mutation or walking thought it will cause you toxin damage
  • Aggressive spreading - negative mutation, on spreading vines will cause effect of mini-explosion on the tile they spread to, mobs buckled by this vine will also experience effects akin to minor explosion
  • O2 consumption - negative mutation, absorbs O2 from the air around
  • N2 consumption - negative mutation, absorbs N2 from the air
  • Thorns - negative mutation, makes mobs touching or going through vines recieve physical damage
  • Hardening - negative mutation, makes vines not die fast from sharp objects, but makes non-sharp objects(hands included) be more effective agaisnt them, on the full maturation block the passage
  • Flowering - negative mutation, makes vines very entangly and spawns harmful flowers occasionally, flowers after destruction spawn flower mob that is agressive and attacks


Adding special chemicals to the tray when the seeds are growing will affect the specific kudzu mutations:

  • Adding 5u of welding fuel will remove random positive mutation with a 20% probability
  • Adding 5u of phenol will remove a random minor negative mutation with a 20% probability
  • Adding 5u of sterilizine will remove a random negative mutation with a 20% probability
  • Adding 15u of blood will change the production value of the seeds by a random number in the range from -5 to +15
  • Adding 5u of amatoxin will change the production value of the seeds by a random number in the range from -15 to +5
  • Adding 5u of plasma will change the potency value of the seeds by a random number in the range from -15 to +5
  • Adding 10u of holy water will change a potency value of the seeds by a random number in the range from -5 to +15

Sandstone and Soil

If you pick up the grass and use it (click on it in your hand), you will prepare astroturf. Get a crowbar and remove some floor tiles, then place astroturf in their place. In addition to looking nice, it can be used to get some sand. Just dig it with your spade and you'll get two piles. Now, pick up the sand and use it; you will make a sandstone brick. Using three bricks, you can make a soil plot, which is like a tray, except you can walk over it and there are no lights. You can also build a sandstone door with 10 bricks.

Science can build hydroponics trays. They can also upgrade them by replacing the matter bins, and this increases the water and nutrient capacity of the tray.

Wood and Drying Racks

First you need to get some tower-caps, grow them and harvest them. You can then use hatchet (and some other things, but it's not important) on the logs to chop some planks. They have many uses: you can make chairs, tables, wooden floors and so on. A unique thing here is a drying rack. You can use it to dry a plant, and then smoke it. First, build a rack with 10 planks. Then, grab a plant you want to dry and put it in the rack. Click on the rack and toggle drying so that the red arrows light up. Give it a few seconds and it's done.

Note: you can dry any plant, and smoking it will give you all chemicals that were in it. You can smoke dried apples if you want, and get nutriment from them.

Things You Can Make Out of Your Plants

  • Add some cable to a potato to make a potato battery.
  • Glowberries and glowshrooms, as the name suggests, glow.
  • You can carve a pumpkin with a hatchet. Carved pumpkins can be worn and you can toggle them to emit a weak light.
  • You can make a cob-pipe out of a corn cob.
  • You can carve a carrot with a hatchet to make a shiv. It's not very strong but it's good at slicing things.
  • Flowers and ambrosia can be worn on your head.
  • Add dried ambrosia, wheat, tea aspera tips or tobacco leaves to a tower cap log to make a torch.
  • Dried ambrosia, tobacco or any mutations of those are able to be smoked from wrapping paper, found in smoking vending machines.