Top 5 things to know about crops in Minecraft

If you want to grow in Minecraft, there are a significant number of different crops to plant and grow. However, each culture has its own mechanics, and some require players to approach them from a different angle.

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There are different Minecraft crop types, from melons and pumpkins to wheat, beets, potatoes and carrots, to sugar cane, kelp and many more. If you want to farm efficiently and have thriving crop growth, you’ll want to tailor your farming skills to the specific needs of each crop. Additionally, there are many general tips to keep in mind when growing any type of crop.

Since many crops in Minecraft have specific needs, now might be a good time to look at some general rules for growing them instead.


Tips to keep in mind about Minecraft cultures

5) Light up your crops

It is advisable to light your crops for long term growth (Image via u/InfiniteNexus/Reddit)
It is advisable to light your crops for long term growth (Image via u/InfiniteNexus/Reddit)

By default, Minecraft crops grow due to the presence of light. This means that they just soak up the sun’s rays during the day, but a problem exists at night: when the sun goes down, the light level drops and the crops are prevented from growing.

To solve this problem, place light sources near your crops, because increased light level will allow them to grow at night. It might not work that way in the real world in some situations, but it’s a tactic worth implementing to ensure consistent crop growth.


4) Water reach

Waterlogged farmland blocks have a set range (Image via Minecraft Amino)
Waterlogged farmland blocks have a set range (Image via Minecraft Amino)

When growing most crops in Minecraft, you will need a water source to ensure they have what they need to grow. However, placing a water source block only saturate a limited amount of agricultural land.

Specifically, a block of water will reach four blocks in each direction. It’s important to remember that you can wisely place water blocks at four block intervals to ensure you have maximum farmland that is all optimally watered.

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3) Alternate your crops

Alternating crop types will ensure maximum growth (Image via u/TimMinChinIsTm-CNH/Reddit)
Alternating crop types will ensure maximum growth (Image via u/TimMinChinIsTm-CNH/Reddit)

While it might be tempting to create a huge farm out of the same crop in Minecraft, you might notice something unusual. Even if adequately watered, some crops will grow slower than others.

However, if you are willing to add different types of crops adjacent to your existing crops, the growth rate will remain constant for all crops. Try creating rows of wheat, carrots and potatoes and watch how all three types of crops thrive at the same time.


2) Pollination by bees

Bees have the ability to accelerate crop growth (Image via Mojang)
Bees have the ability to accelerate crop growth (Image via Mojang)

Bees in the game are great for collecting honey, but there are other functions besides that. Interestingly, bees can fly to flowers and collect pollen to return their honey to their hive/nest.

When they fly with their collected pollen, the pollen falls from their bodies and can pollinate crops, accelerating their growth like bone meal. By placing a few beehives/honeycombs near your farm, you can significantly speed up your harvest.

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1) Know your song loadout

Visualized block borders for reference (Image via Mojang)
Visualized block borders for reference (Image via Mojang)

In the two main versions of Minecraft, the world is made up of pieces. When these tracks are not loaded, they are hidden to reduce the memory load on the player’s device. Depending on your version of the game, the ticks that track the growth time of your crops and make them progress simulate differently.

To further explain, Bedrock Edition chunks that contain cultures will receive culture ticks as long as they are loaded. However, in Java Edition, only chunks within 128 blocks of the nearest player will receive ticks and progress, something to keep in mind if you’re traveling.

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