Farming skill in Runescape
The skill “Farming” requires a pay-to-play account and it’s an amazing skill that lets you plant herbs, bushes, trees and flowers that can be harvested and most of the harvested items can then later be used in various other skills. For example the Herblore skill uses herbs that are grown with the Farming skill and these are used to make potions that boost your stats or give you other advantages in the game.
Don’t underestimate the Farming skill
You hear it a lot from other players that the skill is tedious and time consuming and really not worth the trouble. The experience seems to come slowly and you can only plant a tree once every day per patch, because it takes 12 hours or so to fully grow and be ready for harvest (that’s when the experience will come).
The small stuff like applying supercompost or planting a seed give very small amounts of experience indeed, but the main XP will come AFTER you have planted and grown a plant to its full size. It’s especially true with trees like the Magic Tree that gives a whooping 13,768+ XP after you check it for health (that’s without any experience boosts).
If you are just starting out, I advise you to complete the quest Fairy Tale I – Growing Pains. After finishing this quest your farming level is raised instantly from 1 to 17. For more farming experience simply keep growing the best that you can afford. Remember, trees give the most experience.
Serious farming and money making
After you get 85 farming things will really start to get profitable because you can now grow Torstol, the herb that is used to make Zamorak Brews- a wildly sought after potion that raises Attack and Strength levels temporarily.
You can get Torstol seed from the Grand Exchange for a measly 17,000+ coins. The yield is around 8-10 herbs per seed and they sell for over 5,000+ coins each, making your pure profit anywhere between 23,000 to 33,000 per seed!
Below are the results of my latest herb run:
4 seeds = 70,844 coins
37 herbs = 200,799 coins
Making the total profit from this run 129,955 coins.
Remember, you can do this 4 times per hour! (because seeds take around 15 minutes or so to grow).
That’s 519,820+ coins per hour!
This is just the result of an average herb run, I’ve picked 51 herbs too which add up to 848,824+ coins per hour!
As of October 2014 Farming is probably the most profitable skill right now.