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How to plant seeds in Valheim to grow food and trees

How to plant seeds in Valheim
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Knowing how to plant seeds in Valheim lets you farm food like carrots and turnips and help avoid starvation. Early game you'll be finding things like carrot seeds in the Black Forest biome, or turnip seeds from the Swamp. They'll help with food but you can also find beech seeds, along with fir and pine cones, to let you grow trees. Growing and planting seeds in Valheim isn't possible right at the start but it will help as you progress through the game and this guide is here to help you understand how Valheim seeds and farming works so you can get the best out of it.

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How to plant seeds in Valheim

How to plant seeds in Valheim

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So there are two types of seeds you can obtain in Valheim. The first are food seeds, of which there are currently two types:

  • Carrot seeds – Black Forest
  • Turnip seeds – Swamp

Along with three types of tree seeds:

  • Beech seeds – Meadows
  • Fir cones – Black Forest
  • Pine cones – Black Forest

In order to plant and start growing them, you're going to need to craft a Cultivator, which requires five Core Wood and five Bronze to make. A Hoe – five Wood and two Stone – will also be useful to flatten the ground first.

With the Cultivator in your hands, left click to turn grass into soil. Then, with it still equipped, open your inventory and select a seed. Click on the ground and voila! The seed will be planted. You don't need to tend to them or water them, thankfully they'll grow by themselves over time.

How to plant seeds in Valheim

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Harvesting carrots and turnips unfortunately doesn't provide you with seeds to replant and grow more though, so in order to have a recycling food farm, you need to craft a Cauldron, which just needs 10 Tin, a fire below it, and a Forge in the vicinity. Craft either Carrot Soup or Turnip Stew, and you'll unlock the respective seed plant. Head back to your farm and select the seed plant in the Cultivator build menu to grow your own carrot and turnip seeds.

Valheim Ancient Seeds explained

Wondering what Ancient Seeds are used for? Unfortunately, these are nothing to do with farming. As it stands, Ancient Seeds only have one use in Valheim, and that's to do with the Valheim Elder summon process. You need to sacrifice Ancient Seeds to spawn the second boss in the game, so they can't be planted to grow anything, disappointingly.

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