Hydroponics is the process of growing plants with added nutrients, but without soil. A Botanist performs this role.
Starting your shift
First you will want to identify the machines around you that you will be using. Coordinate with the Chef to see if they want anything specific to be grown, otherwise, grow 2 trays of wheat, 1 banana tree and whatever else you feel like growing. Once you give your chef a bit to work with you can start growing plants for Chemistry (located in Medbay), the Bartender or simply to sell by Cargo.
Refer to Botanist's Tools
|Plant Name||Description||Plant Image||Produce Image|
|Aloe vera||Produces aloe, which can be used to make aloe cream. Aloe cream is useful for treating burns.|
|Ambrosia vulgaris||Produces ambrosia vulgaris which is poisonous raw but can be used to make medicine.|
|Apple tree||Produces apples, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used in various cooking recipes.|
|Banana tree||Produces bananas, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used to make Banana bread or pulped for medicine. Their peels are useful for making people slip.|
|Cannabis||Produces cannabis leaves which can be dried and then crafted into a joint or blunt. Seeds come from Exotic Crates|
|Carrot||Produces carrots. Carrots are used in various cooking recipes. Carrot Juice be used in healing eye damage|
|Chanterelle mushrooms||Produces chanterelle mushrooms, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used to make Mushroom pizza.|
|Chili bush||Produces chilis, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used to make Bowls of chili, Enchiladas, and Queso.|
|Corn stalk||Produces corn, which can be eaten for light sustenance. When ground in a grinder, it becomes cornmeal. Corn is used to make Popcorn and Enchiladas.|
|Eggplant||Produces eggplant, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used to make Vegetable Pizza.|
|Egg Plant||Produces eggs slower than an animal can. Are used in Cooking.|
|Fly Amanita||Are used in Cooking.|
|Galaxy thistle||Produces galaxy thistle which can eaten raw as medicine or ground to produce a liquid medical chemical.|
|Gatfruit tree||Produces gatfruit.|
|Lemon tree||Produces lemons. Lemons are used in various cooking recipes. They also help prevent scurvy.|
|Lingzhi||Produces lingzhi which can eaten raw as medicine or ground to produce a liquid medical chemical.|
|Nettle bush||Produces nettles which are poisonous raw but can be used to make medicine.|
|Oats||Produces oat bushels. Oats are used in various cooking recipes.|
|Onion||Produces onions, which can be eaten for light sustenance. A Chef can slice these with a knife to make onion slices which are used in various cooking recipes.|
|Red onion||Produces red onions, which can be eaten for light sustenance..|
|Pineapple bush||Produces pineapple, which can be eaten for light sustenance. Pineapples are used in various cooking recipes. Seeds come from Exotic Crates|
|Poppy flower||Produces poppies which can eaten raw as medicine or ground to produce a liquid medical chemical..|
|Potato||Produces potatoes, which can be eaten for light sustenance. Potatoes are used in various cooking recipes.|
|Space tobacco||Produces space tobacco leaves. Unused?|
|Sugarcane||Produces sugarcane. Sugarcane can be ground into sugar and used in various cooking recipes.|
|Tobacco||Produces tobacco leaves which can be dried and then crafted into a blunt. Seeds come from Exotic Crates|
|Tomato||Produces tomatoes, which can be eaten for light sustenance. They are also used to make various Pizzas, Spaghetti, and Bowls of chili. Can also be thrown for fun.|
|Tower cap||Produces tower caps. Tower caps are a source of logs. A hatchet is needed to chop these trees down. The resultant produce can be turned into wood planks via a hatchet. Wood planks are used in Construction|
|Wheat||Produces wheat bushels. Wheat can be used in a grinder to produce flour which can be mixed with water to make dough or used in various cooking recipes.|
The raw plant can be eaten for a small medical effect or poison. This effect can be boosted if the plant was grown with Robust Harvest. Alternatively, the plant can be processed into a more powerful medicine.
|Aloe vera|| 10 seconds: 10 Aloe cream.
Aloe & Dermaline
|Dermaline can be ingested or injected to heal burn/shock damage. Aloe cream can be applied to the body to greatly heal burn/shock damage. Aloe can be eaten.|
|Ambrosia vulgaris||Kelotane & Desoxyphredrine||Kelotane heals burns, but is less effective than Dermaline. Desoxyephedrine causes poison damage and stuttering , but makes you somewhat stun/knockdown resistant.|
|Banana tree||Pulped Banana Peel||Effective against internal bleeding.|
|Chilli bush||Capsaicin Oil||Causes caustic damage.|
|Galaxy Thistle||Stellibinin||An anti-toxin that heals against amatoxin damage.|
|Lingzhi||Ultravasculine & Epinephrine||Ultravasculine rapidly flushes toxins. Epinephrine brings back people from a critical state. Do not Overdose.|
|Nettle bush||Histamine||A poison that can range from mildly annoying to lethal depending on the dosage. Used to mass produce Ultravasculine|
|Poppy flower||Bicaridine||Used for brute damage/stabilize someone who is badly beaten.|
|Galaxy Thistle & Aloe vera||Siderlac & Dermaline||Siderlac heals against caustic damage.|
You start out with the default layout of where trays and vending machines are, however, if you so desire, you can change that. All you need is a Wrench which you can get from an Tool Vending Machine which can be found in the Engineering hallway. Holding the wrench, you just click on each plant tray, and then carry it into its desired position. Make sure to wrench it back down or it might fly away later. You do the same for vending machines and water tanks, etc.
You can Examine a Seed to see its Yield and Potency.
Potency starts at 5 out of the Seed Extractor / Vending Machine but can be increased to 50 via 15u of Robust Harvest. Max potency is 100 and can only currently be achieved via mutations (e.g. via Unstable Mutagen). Potency affects the size of the plant and amount of chemicals it provides in the Reagent Grinder. For example highly potent medical herbs break down into more medicine and can be eaten for higher effect and higher number of bites. A higher potency in wheat equates to higher amounts of flour produced.
Yield differs by plant and can only be modified by mutation (e.g. via Unstable Mutagen). Yield affects the number of plants that will be harvested when a planted seed has grown.
Plants treated with Unstable Mutagen will undergo random genetic mutations. The more unstable mutagen, the more mutations but the higher likelihood the plant will die before harvest. Since many genes are essential to a plant's survival, randomly mutating them has a high probability of killing the plant. However, mutation is the only way to get some genes.
Plants can also be cross-pollinated with one another for a chance to transfer traits and other desirable properties. To transfer pollen from one plant to another, use a sterile swab. Avoid pollen cross-contamination! Different species can be crossed to produce hybrids. Since cross-pollination is also probabilistic, it may take several tries for you to transfer the traits that you desire.
To reset the plant's genetics, put its produce into a SeedMaker. To retain the genetics, instead use Plant Clippers
A Botanist can request crates from a Cargo_Technician that contain seeds. Most seeds will be available either in Hydroponics lockers or the SeedMaker. Some exotic seeds will need to either be purchases from Cargo or mutated.
- Seed Crate - An assortment of seeds available from a SeedMaker. e.g. carrot, chilli, corn, eggplant, lemon, oat, onion, potato, sugarcane, tomato, wheat
- Exotic Seed Crate - An assortment of rare seeds. e.g. banana, cannabis, egg-plant, fly amanita, nettle, pineapple, tobacco, tower cap