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Crop running, sometimes referred to as farm running, is the act of visiting farming locations in sequence to efficiently harvest crops. Crop running can be combined with activities such as item alchemizing or bolt fletching. Crop running is the most effective way to gain farming experience, compared to waiting for growing crops to complete.

Even though all farming locations can be reached on foot, or by boat, it may, especially with high farming levels, be worth obtaining teleports. Lunar Magic is available for higher level users and is helpful for its Fishing guild teleport, as well as the cure plant and fertile soil spells. These spells are available between Magic levels 66 and 87, following completion of the Lunar Diplomacy quest.

Recommended questsEdit

Recommended magical itemsEdit

Vegetable runEdit

Even though vegetables are the first seeds a player is able to plant, vegetable runs are generally not practical for low-level players. Vegetable runs are most effective for players with the ability to rapidly move across RuneScape by various means of teleporting. Each run can be performed approximately every 40 minutes. For a comparison of allotment seeds, see the Seed Table.

See Allotment patch locations and details about RuneScape's allotments.

InventoryEdit

Required for each location you plan to visit:

Optional:

Vegetable run sequence (teleporting)Edit

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

Vegetable run sequence (Fairy Rings)Edit

Requirements:

Start off with the items in your inventory for the first stop.

  • Teleport to Falador and run to the allotment patch south-east of its perimeter, or teleport to Draynor via glory amulet and run north-west.
  • Farm the allotment patch.
  • Keep this compost bin busy at all times - get enough buckets that you can empty it as soon as it becomes full, and fill it with compostable material, such as cabbage, from the nearby field when it is empty.
  • Run south to the fairy ring behind the wizard's tower, use it, from the fairy kingdom use the fairy ring again to the Legend's Guild (code BLR)
  • Run west to the allotment patch north of East Ardougne and farm it.
    • An alternative route to this patch is to use a skills necklace to teleport to the Fishing Guild, then run east. This is shorter than running to the wizard's tower if you do not intend to check tree patches.
  • Run north-east to the allotment patch that is north of Catherby and farm it.
  • Teleport using the ectophial, and run west to the allotment patch.
  • If you have agility level 21, you can use the fairy ring to get to Edgeville (code DKR) from the fairy ring to the south in the Haunted Woods.
  • Teleport back to the Falador allotment patch and repeat as needed.

Farm the vegetablesEdit

Recommended SeedsEdit

When farming for experience, one should plant the highest level seeds which are available; however, some players may find that some seeds are too expensive for the returned experience.

Farming level Allotment Flower Herb Hops Tree Fruit Tree Notes
20 Farming-icon Tomatoes Marigolds to protect your tomatoes Tarromin Yanillian hops Oak tree Apple tree

Sweetcorn gives more experience than tomatoes, but it's more expensive and more difficult to grow.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):

Fill the basket with tomatoes at one of the patches prior to reaching your hops patch.

31 Farming-icon Strawberry seeds Woad seeds Harralander seeds Wildblood seeds Willow tree seeds Apple seed Gout tuber gives more experience than harralander, but is prohibitively expensive.

Prior to your first run, purchase or prepare:

  • Apple tree sapling per fruit tree patch
  • Willow tree sapling per tree patch
  • 9 raw sweetcorn to pay for protection for your apple tree
  • 1 basket of apples to pay for protection for your willow tree
  • 1 basket of apples per allotment patch to pay for protection for your strawberries (while waiting for your apple tree to mature)

Each subsequent run, purchase (or purchase multiples in advance):

Fill the baskets with apples for your next run, to pay for protection for your strawberries.

Hop runEdit

Hops patches are often not as conveniently located near teleport locations as allotment patches, and have only one patch to farm.

InventoryEdit

Hops run sequenceEdit

  • Start with the items for all four patches in your inventory.
  • Teleport to Camelot or use the combat bracelet to the Ranger's guild, and run to patch north of McGrubor's Wood and farm it.
  • Teleport to Varrock and farm the hops patch.
  • Teleport to Yanille and farm the hops patch along the northern wall of the town.
  • Teleport to Draynor by using the amulet of glory. Deposit items that are not able to go to Entrana then run to Port Sarim and ask monks to take you to Entrana.
    • Alternatively, use Ring of Duelling to teleport to Castle Wars, bank all items that are not able to go to Entrana, withdraw 1 set of normal logs and use the Balloon Transport System to travel to Entrana. The balloon pad is next to the hops patch.
  • Farm the hops patch in Entrana.
  • Bank your harvest!

Farm the hopsEdit

Herb runEdit

Herb runs can be completed during vegetable and flower runs as there is one herb patch per allotment location. A herb-only run can take between five and ten minutes. Leprechauns can exchange herbs for notes to save inventory space. A disease-free herb patch can be found atop the Troll stronghold following the completion of My Arm's Big Adventure. A player may wish to bring extra supplies for additional trips following a completed run, after a break of approximately 80 minutes. When the player logs in, he or she will immediately be at the herb patch ready to harvest and plant a new seed. Logging out at a herb patch minimizes run time, thus, it may be most beneficial to log out at the Trollheim patch, followed by the Port Phasmatys patch.

InventoryEdit

Optional Edit

Herb run sequenceEdit

The patches can be harvested in any order:

  1. Teleport to Falador and run south-east of Falador to the herb and allotment patches
    • The Fastest way to the patch, however, is using the teleport option on an Explorer's ring 2 or better and running slightly north.
    • Alternatively players can teleport to Draynor with an Amulet of Glory and run north-west.
    • Or arrive at Port Sarim via charter ship and run North
  2. Empty the Ectophial to Port Phasmatys and run west to the patches.
    • The fairy ring a•l•q south of the patch can also be used as a faster alternative.
  3. Teleport to Ardougne and run north-east; or use the fishing guild teleport on a skills necklace and run east to reach the patch north-east of Ardougne.
    • One may also use a combat bracelet to teleport to the Ranging guild and run south-east, or teleport to the Fishing guild using a skills necklace or with Lunar magic and run east.
  4. Teleport to Camelot and run east until reaching the patch north of Catherby. A longer but cheaper alternative is to run to Catherby from the Ardougne allotment.
  5. Teleport to Trollheim (requires completion of My Arm's Big Adventure) and use the agility shortcuts to the west. Continue through the aggressive trolls and into the stronghold Run south to a door, and then north to a ladder. Climb up and run North to the patch. If you have completed the hard Fremennik Diary, and also have 73 Agility, you should use the shortcut next to the entrance that leads directly to the patch).
    • A less click-heavy alternative to this route (requires Climbing boots) is to use the fairy ring code a•j•r to the Fremennik Slayer Dungeon entrance. Head North and then East to the secret door. Climbing boots are required to climb over the rocks. Enter the door, go to the other end of the troll jail, go up the stairs, go up the next stairs, and then proceed to patch - this route takes 10–15 seconds longer but spellbook teleporting is not required.
  6. Teleport to the patch in Zeah by teleporting with the Xeric's talisman choosing the Xeric's Glade option and run south-east.

Farming the herbsEdit

  • Harvest the crop.
  • Treat soil with Supercompost, Lunar Spell Fertile Soil, or Compost.
  • Plant herb seed.
  • Use a herb on the Tool Leprechaun to note them.
  • Swap empty buckets with the leprechaun for more compost or supercompost.
  • If the player used tools from the farming leprechaun, return Farming tools to it (on the last patch).

Tree runEdit

All tree locations can be reached on foot; however, waiting for teleport tablets or use of teleports may prove beneficial. It is impractical to run to the patch in the Tree Gnome Stronghold. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance.

InventoryEdit

Optional Edit

  • Payments to gardeners (see Seed Table), or supercompost for yew trees as payment is very expensive.
  • Secateurs or magic secateurs if periodically checking trees (if user did not pay gardeners)
  • Teleport runes
  • Ring of dueling and log (for Taverley balloon)
  • Coins for charter ships or farming store supplies

Example tree run sequenceEdit

If the player has completed the Tree Gnome Village quest, he or she can use the spirit trees to travel to Tree Gnome Stronghold (highly recommended). If the player has completed Enlightened Journey, he or she can utilise the balloon transport system. The balloon is faster but not necessary.

  1. Begin at a Varrock bank and withdraw items for the trip. Players may choose to withdraw supplies only for one or two stops before withdrawing the next set of items, and deposit unnecessary items when near a bank.
  2. Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle Courtyard tree patch.
  3. Use the spirit tree teleport in the north east corner of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Stronghold. Players with 21 agility can use a shortcut underneath Varrock's wall.
  4. Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  5. Teleport to Falador and Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  6. Players that have completed the Enlightened Journey quest may teleport to Castle Wars and use the balloon to reach Taverley. Alternatively, one may teleport to Falador and run to Taverley or use Games necklace.
  7. Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  8. Teleport to Lumbridge and farm the tree patch west of the castle.

Farm the treeEdit

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Chop down tree with an axe.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.

Willow branch runEdit

Willow branches cannot be harvested immediately after a willow tree has its health checked on. This run is used to harvest the willow branches and is performed in the same manner as a tree run. Best if performed 30 minutes after the willow tree's health has been checked on to yield 6 willow branches. This run yields very little Farming experience.

InventoryEdit

Willow tree run sequenceEdit

  • Similar to a normal tree run. Less banking is required though.

Example willow branch run sequenceEdit

Assumes completion of the Tree Gnome Village quest. Use a Ring of duelling and a Log to teleport to Castle Wars and ride the Balloon to Taverley.

  • Start off at the bank and withdraw (magic) secateurs.
  • Farm the tree at the Varrock Castle Courtyard tree patch and use the amulet of nature on the patch.
  • Farm the tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  • Deposit the harvest at the Tree Gnome Stronghold bank and withdraw methods to teleport to both Falador and Taverley if needed.
  • Teleport to Falador.
  • Farm the tree at the Falador Park patch.
  • Teleport to Taverley.
  • Farm the Taverley tree patch.
  • Teleport to Lumbridge.
  • Farm the tree patch west of Lumbridge Castle.

Farm the willow branchesEdit

  • Requires the player to use the (magic) secateurs on the tree to obtain 1 willow branch. Typically, this is done 6 times per stop.

Fruit tree runEdit

Fruit tree patches should be easily accessible to most players except for the one in Lletya (see Farming/Patch locations). Fruit trees take approx 15 hours to grow (includes time when not logged in). For all practical purposes, a fruit tree run is done once per day so you do not need to use an amulet of nature. For a faster run, ensure that saplings have been prepared in advance.

InventoryEdit

Apple tree

A fully grown Apple Tree.

Optional Edit

Example fruit tree run sequenceEdit

  1. Begin at the Grand Exchange and withdraw items for the trip. Players may choose to withdraw supplies only for one or two stops before withdrawing the next set of items, and deposit unnecessary items when near a bank.
  2. Use the Spirit Tree teleport at the east of the Grand Exchange to the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  3. Farm the fruit tree at the Tree Gnome Stronghold patch.
  4. Deposit items at the bank if necessary and use the spirit tree teleport to go to Tree Gnome Village. Talk to Elkoy to quickly take you through the maze, and farm the tree
  5. Use the spirit tree teleport to take you back to the Tree Gnome Village and farm the fruit tree west of the Tree Gnome Village maze.
  6. Teleport to Camelot or Catherby and run to the east end of Catherby to farm the tree patch.
  7. To reach the Brimhaven fruit tree patch:
    • Use the Teleport to House spell if the player's house is located on Brimhaven.
    • Teleport to Ardougne, talk to Captain Barnaby to travel to Brimhaven via ship for 30 coins
    • Use the charter ship from Catherby to Brimhaven for 480 coins.
    • Teleport to Karamja via Amulet of glory and run west.
  8. Farm the fruit tree at the patch north of Brimhaven, near the docks.
  9. Teleport to Lletya by using a charged elf crystal. Farming this patch without the crystal is not recommended as the alternatives are traversing Underground Pass, or teleporting to the elf camp by elf teleport scroll and navigating the forest. An alternative fruit tree run that assumes the player has a spirit tree planted north of Brimhaven. This one is used for only harvesting your trees rather than planting them:
  • Start off at the bank and withdraw 1 law rune, 5 air runes (or an air staff)
  • Use the spirit tree teleport north of varrock west bank to Brimhaven.
  • Farm the fruit tree to the west of the spirit tree.
  • Use the spirit tree to teleport to Tree Gnome Stronghold.
  • Farm the fruit patch just to the east of the spirit tree.
  • Use the spirit tree to teleport to the Tree Gnome Village.
  • Talk to Elkoy to quickly take you through the maze and then farm the fruit tree to the south-west.
  • Teleport to Camelot and travel south-east to Catherby.
  • Deposit your items in the Catherby bank.
  • Farm the fruit tree by White Wolf Mountain via Catherby

Farm the fruit treeEdit

  • Check the health of the tree.
  • Harvest the fruit (picked by hand).
  • Chop fruit tree.
  • Remove stump.
  • Plant sapling.
  • Pay gardener.

Bush runEdit

Bush runs are efficiently performed by using fairy rings. They require the player to have started Fairytale II - Cure a Queen, but do not require completion – this means you do not need Farming level 49 or 57 Herblore.

Fastest RunEdit

InventoryEdit

AlternatelyEdit

InventoryEdit

  • Payments to gardener for each seed (see Seeds)
  • Teleport to Varrock and run south to the Champion's Guild
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Falador and run south to Rimmington
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Teleport to Ardougne and run to south to bush patch.
  • Farm the bush patch.
  • Rub your glory amulet and teleport to Edgeville..
  • Run to the fairy ring, and dial c•i•p.
  • Run east to Etceteria
  • Farm the bush patch.

Farm the bush patchEdit

  • Check the health of the bush (if applicable).
  • Harvest the crop.
  • Clear the plot.
  • Plant the Bush seed.
  • Pay gardener.

Supercompost runEdit

Supercompost runs are performed in the same manner as vegetable runs. Once supercompost runs are started, the buckets of supercompost can be stored with Tool LeprechaunsSupercompost runs are not intended to train the Farming skill.

InventoryEdit

Supercompost run sequenceEdit

  • Start off with inventory full of buckets instead of the ingredients for the supercompost.
  • Teleport to Camelot and run east to the allotment patch just north of Catherby. Deposit the buckets with the Tool Leprechaun.
  • Run south to the bank in Catherby and withdraw the 15 supercompost items.
  • Run back and farm the supercompost.
  • Teleport to Ardougne and run to the northern bank in East Ardougne and deposit the supercompost and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Farm the supercompost at the allotment patch that is in Hemenster.
  • Run back to the northern bank in East Ardougne, deposit the supercompost, and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Teleport to Falador and run south to the allotment patch.
    • Alternatively, teleport to Draynor Village and run north to this allotment patch.
  • Farm the supercompost.
    • Falador can be the last stop in the run for levels 1-30.
  • Use the Ectophial to teleport to Port Phasmatys, deposit the supercompost and withdraw items for the next stop.
  • Farm the supercompost at the allotment patch that is west of Port Phasmatys.
  • Run back to the bank in Port Phasmatys and deposit the supercompost.

Farm the supercompostEdit

  • Remove empty buckets from the Tool Leprechaun until inventory is full.
  • Use an empty bucket on compost bin to fill them with supercompost.
    • To completely empty the compost bin, two trips to the Tool Leprechaun will be needed.
  • Deposit buckets of supercompost with the Tool Leprechaun and enough empty buckets to empty the compost bin.
  • Once again use an empty bucket on compost bin to fill buckets with supercompost.
  • Fill compost bin with supercompost ingredients.
  • Either deposit buckets of supercompost with the Tool Leprechaun or withdraw them to sell.

See alsoEdit

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