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The Sims 4 Seasons – Guide to Plant Harvesting Times – Updated Through Cottage Living!

Written by deagh

Seasons and Gardening

The Seasons expansion greatly changes the way gardening works in The Sims 4. Fertilizing plants seems to be much more important now, and there are many more seed packets available in the new “Gardening” category in buy mode, based on your Sim’s gardening skill. At this time, however, if you have a Sim with pre-existing gardening skill, the packets will not automatically unlock. A Sim in the household has to achieve the appropriate gardening skill after the pack is installed to unlock the seed packets. Hopefully this will be addressed in an upcoming patch. The biggest change, though, is the introduction of growing seasons. No more growing anything whenever – plants have growing seasons now. Wondering when you can grow what? The plants and harvestables themselves will tell you, but that doesn’t really help when you don’t actually have the plants! We’ve assembled a handy guide to tell you which plants can be grown in which season. Some of them have more than one season, and some of them are year-round, which we have noted in the table below.

Cottage Living:

The Cottage Living Expansion has added some more changes.  There are now Garden Patch garden plots, which are 4×4 planting beds, but they do not have sides like the previous garden beds.  You can plant regular trees and plants in them, but you must use them to plant the other new item – oversized crops.  Oversized crops must be grown from seed (you can’t replant the harvestables) and the harvestables are perishable.  They keep for 7 days in inventory, or 17-ish days in the fridge.  You plant one crop per garden bed, and when you harvest you get either 9 small, 4 medium, or 1 large produce item, depending on how well you cared for your crop.  All the oversized crops are growable in all seasons, as noted below.


We hope you find this guide useful! If you’d like to print this guide or would like an offline copy, click here for a downloadable and printable PDF file. Happy Simming!

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  • Does grafting really work when you have the Seasons pack? Two plants from different Seasons and the outcome plant from yet a third…aka snapdragon plus strawberry equal dragon fruit. Any comments are appreciated.

    • It does! There was a while when it did not, but as of the last time I tried it, it worked. What you may have to do is take the graft of the non-parent plant when it is in season and then graft it to the parent plant when that plant is in season. You may be able to do it all at once as sometimes the plants don’t die off right away when they go out of season, and if there is overlap then you can take the graft at that time.

      What you can also do is put the plants in “sheltered” status, which doesn’t require a greenhouse. For small plants you can just put them inside, but even for trees, you can put them next to a wall and then they become “sheltered” and will be “in season” all the time after that.