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Complete 1-99 Farming Guide for OSRS

Updated: Mar 2

What’s going on guys! My name is Theoatrix, and welcome to my level 1–99 Farming Guide for OSRS.


In this guide, I'll show the low level methods, tree farming, herb farming, and more. Towards the end I will show some Ironman farming tips as well.

If you'd prefer to watch a video version of this guide, you can watch that below. Otherwise you can continue down the page to read the written guide.

Why Train Farming?

Farming is a unique 99 that can be trained almost passively. You can spend a few minutes each day doing a Farm Run for a lot of farming experience. So, it is great for those that want to get a 99, but can't play for long each day.

Farming can be highly profitable.

For example, at level 90 farming, a complete herb run of Ranarrs will net an average of 300k in profit. Even at lower levels, herb runs still make good money.

As an Ironman, farming is an essential skill, where herb farming is a main source of herbs for Herblore.

A number of quests in Old School have a farming level requirement… some of the quests, like Song of the Elves, are vital in progressing your account.

You need level 70 Farming for the Quest cape, and you need 91 Farming for the Achievement Diary cape.

There's also the farming pet, the Tangleroot, which has a tiny chance of appearing every time you check the health of a patch.

The Tangleroot, has 5 transmogs which are activated by using certain seeds on the pet.

How Farming Works

In Old School, farming is generally trained by planting and harvesting crops.

Across the RuneScape map, there are over 60 farming patches where you can plant seeds.

Each crop has its own growth time, ranging from 20 minutes to 107 hours. Trees tend to have the longest growth times, while flowers are the fastest.

In Old School, crops have several growth phases.

In each growth phase, the crop has a chance of becoming diseased, and if it is not cured by the next growth phase, the crop dies.

Using compost reduces the chance of your crops becoming diseased. The chance of disease is halved each growth phase when using Regular Compost, one fifth for Super Compost and one tenth for Ultra Compost.

With some patches you can pay the gardener to protect your patch from disease, which guarantees that your patch grows.

Once your patch is fully grown, you can Harvest it for experience and produce. With tree patches, you gain thousands of experience when you harvest the patch.

For patches that yield produce, they start with a set number of Harvest Lives. For example, herb patches start with 3 harvest lives, then for every pick or harvest, there's a chance that the life goes down by 1. Once it hits zero, the patch becomes cleared.

The chance that the harvest life goes down is dependent on your Farming level, Magic Secateurs, the Attas plant, and Achievement Diaries.

Using Compost on a patch increases the number of harvest lives your patch has. With herb patches, Regular Compost gives you 4 harvest lives, Super gives 5, and Ultra gives 6. So, this means the minimum number of herbs you can get per herb patch while using Ultra Compost is 6.

Farming experience in oldschool is mostly gained by doing farm runs. These involve running to various farming patches, planting and harvesting crops periodically, every time your patches are complete.

There are other ways to train your farming which I will show in this guide, although crop farming is the most common, particularly farming trees and herbs.

Your Path to 99

On your journey to 99 Farming, this is what your pathway will look like:

From level 1, its slow to train Farming by just harvesting crops, so there are 3 low level farming methods that I'll show.

The early goal with farming is to start doing Tree runs, which you can start at level 15. Trees take multiple hours to grow, and give thousands of experience when you harvest, making them the most efficient method through to 99.

Along the way, Herb runs can be done for profit and experience, along with Seaweed and Allotment runs. Also, there's the Tithe Farm, which has a range of useful unlocks.

Low Level Farming

Now let's cover the low level training methods.

There's 3 methods that I'll show, Questing, Hosidius Favour and Bagged Plants.

Questing is a great way to skip the early farming levels.

Questing for XP

If you complete the Fairytale Part 1 quest, you get from level 1 to 17 farming, and it has low requirements. Level 17 farming is enough to start Tree Farming, but if you're into questing, You can complete these quests to reach level 38 farming from level 1. You should at least do The Garden of Death, an easy quest which gives 10 thousand farming XP.

Hosidius Favour

While getting Hosidius Favour, you can train your early farming levels very quickly

You firstly need to plough the field to reach 5% favour.

Then you combine saltpetre and compost to make fertiliser all the way to 100%, which gives farming experience. You need 950 fertiliser to reach 100% favour, and doing that will get you from level 1 to 13 farming.

To get to level 15 farming for Oak Trees, you can use a Garden Pie to boost while you're planting the patch. These are available on the Grand Exchange and are useful at all farming levels to plant things you normally couldn’t.

Bagged Plants

Low level farmers can also train with bagged plants.

To do this, you need a house, filled watering cans and bagged plant ones. Then in building mode, you repeatedly plant and remove the regular plant in your portal room.

You need 78 bagged plants to get from level 1 to 15 farming and these can be purchased from the Grand Exchange,

but I'd suggest buying them from the gardener in Falador or the Farming Guild for a lower cost.

For an in depth guide on this training method, I made a video a few years back which is linked here.

Tree Farming

I'm going to start off with the basics and important unlocks, then I'll show your pathways to 99, and lastly I'll show 3 full tree runs that you can follow.

I'll be showing a low level tree run for those first timers. Then I'll show a tree-only run, and lastly a complete tree run with regular, fruit and special trees.

Tree Farming Basics

Tree Running is the most efficient farming method in the game. If you spend 10 minutes doing a tree run and get 100 thousand experience, you're effectively getting 600k xp per hour. So tree farming is very quick for the amount of time you put in.

As you level up, you unlock different types of trees to plant. At 27 you can start planting fruit trees, then at 35 farming, you can start planting hardwood trees. At levels above 72, you unlock a range of other trees.

There are 24 tree patches across Runescape. 6 are Regular trees, 6 are Fruit, 5 are Spirit which you wont use with farming training… 3 are Hardwood, and theres 1 Calquat, Celastrus, Crystal, and Redwood patch.

Regular tree patches take up to 8 hours to grow meaning you could do at least 2 tree runs per day.

Oak trees take around 3 hours to grow, which means you could do a lot more runs per day.

All Fruit trees take 16 hours to grow, so you could do a fruit tree run once per day.

The other tree patches have varying growth times, some can be done daily, and Redwood trees take 4 and a half days to grow.

An example tree run plan would be to do a complete tree run every morning, with every type of tree available, then a regular tree run at night.

With some of the tree patches, there are requirements to use them.

Low levelled players should aim to complete Bone Voyage to let you plant hardwood trees.

The Farming Guild has a range of tree patches, and you should get 60% Hosidius House Favour to go there, but do keep in mind that there are farming level requirements for each Tier of the Farming Guild.

Useful Unlocks

Scrolls of redirection will speed up your tree runs, and these can be purchased from the Nightmare Zone. They let you teleport to house portals that your house is not located at, and some are close to tree patches.

Completing the Tai Bwo Wannai Trio quest allows you to use the Tai Bwo Wannai teleport scroll.

If you aren't paying the gardeners for protection, you should invest in a Bottomless Compost Bucket. You can store 10 thousand of any compost, and when you add compost to it, it automatically doubles the amount added.

Pathways to 99

Now I'm going to show you 2 pathways to 99 doing tree runs.

The first pathway is the fastest, taking around 70 days for 99.

And I'll show a low cost pathway, taking 200 days but only costing 10 mil.

Fastest Pathway

On the fastest pathway, you'll be farming the highest level trees you can, doing 2 runs per day. So you'll work your way up to Magic trees for regular trees, Dragon fruit trees for fruit trees, Mahoganies for hardwood trees, while doing Calquat, Crystal, Celastrus, and Redwood as they become available.

If you want the fastest 99, you'll need to pay the gardeners for protection, even if it's expensive. So, doing 2 runs per day of the highest level trees possible will get you to 99 farming in only 70 days but at a cost of around 120 mil.

Cheap Pathway

On the Cheap Pathway, you'll plant trees up until Willows, and fruit trees up to Papaya. You'll also plant Hardwoods, Calquat and Redwoods as you unlock them. To save money, you can compost your patches instead of paying for protection. Composting reduces the chance of disease, and you should always use Ultra Compost if you aren't paying for protection.

Doing 1 tree run per day gets you 99 in 200 days. You can also add a second or third tree run of Willows each day to speed up your training.

Tree Runs

Now lets get into the farm runs. I'll start with some key details, then I'll show 3 full tree runs that you can follow.

This will be your inventory setup - you'll need a spade, and a rake if its your first time. You'll need coins as well as teleports to all of the patches. You'll also need saplings which you can buy straight off the Grand Exchange. For longer tree runs, you might need to bank to grab more saplings.

You'll also need items to pay the gardener for protection, which can be noted.

To see what items are needed for protection, you can go to the farming skill menu and find the tree you're planting.

This is what you should do at every tree patch:

You firstly check your previous tree's health for the big xp drop, then if it’s a Fruit or Special tree, you can pick the produce off it for some extra xp.

Once you're done, you can go to the nearby gardener, and right click to select Pay, and the gardener will chop down your tree and clear the patch for you.

Then, you use your sapling on the patch.

And then pay the gardener the protection fee, or, if you aren't paying for protection, you should use Ultra Compost on the patch. I suggest paying for protection for every tree that you plant since it guarantees that you get experience. But if you want to save money, Ultra Compost is a good option.

Now I'm going to show you 3 complete tree runs.

I'll start with a low level tree run, then a regular tree run, then a complete tree run.

Your First Tree Run

So the first run is the low level tree run, and this is for first timers doing oak trees.

This is all of the tree patches for low level accounts and easy teleports to get to each of them.

Your inventory should include the items I mentioned earlier. But for this run you'll need 4 oak saplings plus 4 baskets of five tomatoes to pay for protection. Also for your run, you'll need a Lumbridge, Varrock and Falador teleport.

So now I'll take you with me on a full low level run..

Starting out, I teleport to Lumbridge using a Lumbridge teleport tablet and then I run west, out the back of the castle. Then the tree patch is slightly north.

So I start out raking the patch to clear the weeds. And then once clear, I use the oak sapling on the empty patch to plant it.

Then, right click the nearby gardener and select pay and confirm the payment for protection of the patch.

Then I use the Varrock teleport tablet, and run north, then north east to the tree patch. Here, you do the same routine as before.

Then I teleport to Falador, and run to the Falador Park tree patch. Here, I rake, plant the seed and pay the gardener.

And then I head towards Taverley. So run north west from Falador Park and follow the wall until you reach the gate. Once you enter Taverley, head south towards the tree patch. Then you rake, plant, pay the gardener.

That’s the full low level run, but on your next runs, instead of raking the patch, you'll check the trees health and pay the gardener to chop it down, like I mentioned a bit earlier.

Regular Tree Run

The next run I'm going to go through is the regular trees run. This run should be done once a day at the opposite time of day that you do the complete tree run, which I'll show next.

This is all of the regular tree patches and the order that I'm going to harvest them. Next to it are the best teleports to get to each patch. The teleports go from fastest on the left, to slower on the right.

Now I'll take you on the full regular tree run.

Starting out, I teleport to Lumbridge using a Lumbridge Teleport Tablet. Then I run west out of the castle, and then north to the tree patch. At the patch, I click the tree to check its health, I pay the nearby gardener to chop it down, then I plant a new sapling and pay the gardener for protection.

Next, I teleport to Falador and run east to the park tree patch. Here I check the health, pay the gardener, plant a new sapling, then pay for protection.

Then I teleport to Taverley using a Scroll of Redirection and run south east to the tree patch. I follow the same routine here.

Next I teleport to Varrock with a Varrock tablet. I run north east into the castle to the tree patch

and once I'm done with everything, I run west, then north to the Grand Exchange Spirit tree.

I take the Spirit tree to Gnome Stronghold and run south west to the tree patch. I check the health and follow the routine.

To get to the final tree patch I use a Skills Necklace teleport to the Farming Guild. I run into the western wing of the guild to the tree patch, where I follow the routine again.

And that’s the end of the tree run, but optionally you can kill Hespori while you're at the Farming Guild.

Complete Tree Run

The final run I'm going to show you is a complete tree run, with regular trees, fruit trees and special trees:

This is the run overview, with the patch locations and the best teleports to each patch. The teleports are in order from the fastest on the left to the slowest on the right.

Now I'll take you on the full run.

Starting off, I use a teleport to Lumbridge and run west out of the castle to the tree patch. Here I follow the patch routine I mentioned earlier..