Botanists are responsible for growing food, medicines and resources aboard the station. Without you, the Chef may resort to "questionable" methods of food acquisition. Be sure to make use of your seed extractor and plant clippers to maintain a steady supply of seeds.
You will have a number of tools at your disposal to help keep your crops healthy and growing. Don't forget to top up the hydroponics trays with water every now and then, and make sure to pull any weeds as they pop up.
In addition to the tools above, Botanists will have a number of chemicals available to them, either from vendors or made via chemistry. Careless use of chemicals can have unintended side effects, and should be used appropriately (or not).
|EZ Nutrient||Adds nutrients to plants|
|Robust Harvest||Increases plant potency|
|Pest Spray - contains pest killer||Kills pests|
|Weed Spray - contains weed killer||Kills weeds|
|Left-4-Zed||Mutagenic, causes plant life to become highly unstable|
|Fertilizer||such as ammonia and diethylamine|
These interstellar-grade hydroponics systems are where a botanist typically spends most of their time. Examining a tray by ⇧ Shift + Left Click will reveal details about its current status, including its water and nutrient levels, the presence of weeds and the status of any plants currently in the tray.
Seeds can be planted in a cleared hydroponics tray by clicking with a packet of seeds equipped. Once planted, the seeds will quickly sprout and begin to grow. When the crops are ready to harvest the hydroponics tray will show a green indicator . Most plants can be harvested by hand; some, however, will require the use of tools. Some plants, such as apple trees, can survive multiple harvests. Others, such as wheat, will need be be replanted each time.