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Access: Hydroponics, Maintenance, Service
Difficulty: Easy
Duties: Stop the chef from seeking "alternative sources". Grow lots of wheat. Make weed smoothies and spike drinks with nettles.
Supervisors: Head of Personnel
Subordinates: None
Guides: Hydroponics

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 Seed extractor.png and plant clippers Plant clippers.png 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 Hydro tray.png with water every now and then, and make sure to pull any weeds as they pop up.

Image Name Description
Mini hoe.png Mini Hoe Removes weeds
Plant clippers.png Plant Clippers Takes samples (seeds) from plants
Scythe.png Scythe Sharp, helps harvest
Hatchet.png Hatchet For cutting wood and tower caps
Spade.png Spade Removes plants from tray
Bucket.png Bucket Used to transfer water
Plant bag.png Plant Bag For transporting plant materials


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).

Image Name Description
Bottle.png EZ Nutrient Adds nutrients to plants
Bottle.png Robust Harvest Increases plant potency
Pest spray.png Pest Spray - contains pest killer Kills pests
Weed spray.png Weed Spray - contains weed killer Kills weeds
Plant-b-gone.png Plant-B-Gone Kills plants
Bottle.png Left-4-Zed Mutagenic, causes plant life to become highly unstable
Bottle.png Fertilizer such as ammonia and diethylamine

Hydroponics Tray

Hydro tray.png

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 Hydro tray harvest.gif. 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.

Tray Maintenance

Image Position Description
Hydro tray health.gif Red Light, Left Dead plant that needs re-planting. Use a spade to remove the plant.
Hydro tray alert.gif Flashing Orange Light, Center This plant has weeds. Use mini hoe or spray [1] time with weed spray.
Hydro tray water.gif Blue Light, Right Needs water. Use bucket on the water tank and fill the tray.
Hydro tray harvest.gif Green Light, Left Ready for harvest. Left click to harvest.
Hydro tray nutri.gif Yellow Light, Right Unknown for now.