Ark: Survival Evolved Farming Guide – Irrigation, Seeds, Fertilizers, Harvest and Farming Structures

In Ark: Survival Evolved, you can collect seeds from Wild Vegetation, plant them in the farms, water them, use fertilizers, and you’ll acquire rare fruits in no time.

You can use the fruits to cook consumable recipes, tonics, and so much more. It’s encouraged to explore the wilderness of the world and acquire all sorts of rare seeds to help you in your farming.

Hence, it’s not necessary to kill all sorts of creatures in order to survive in Ark: Survival Evolved. For more help on the game, read our Base Building Tips, Tweaks Guide and How to Set Up Dedicated Servers.

Types of Seeds
One important thing to note about seeds is that different types of seeds are compatible with different types of farming plots. Following is an overview of different seed types and their compatible farm plots:

    • Small Crop Plots – these plots support all types of Berry Seeds such as Amarberry Seed, Azulberry Seed, Mejoberry Seed, Narcoberry Seed, Tintoberry Seed, Stimberry Seed
    • Medium Crop Plots – these plots support Savoroot, Longrass, Rockarrot, Citronal and everything mentioned under Small Crop Plots
    • Large Crop Plots – these plots are compatible with everything


  • Berry Bush Seeds
  • Azulberry Seeds
  • Amarberry Seeds
  • Tintoberry Seeds
  • Citronal Seeds
  • Mejoberry Seeds
  • Narcoberry Seeds
  • Stimberry Seeds
  • Savaroot Seeds
  • Longgrass Seeds
  • Rockarrot Seeds

In order to plant a seed in a plot, you need to open up the Plot Inventory screen and choose the desired item from your storage. After planting, use water which will add your plot in the ‘Seeded’ phase.

Using Water
Aside from rain water (which automatically fills up your plots), you can collect it by hand or by irrigation. In order to collect water by hand, you will require a water container such as a Waterskin.

Once you have filled up your Waterskin, place it in your plot’s inventory and click ‘Remote Item Use’. Selecting this option will empty all the water in the Waterskin into your plot.

In order to collect water by irrigation, you will need a working Tap placed near the plot. The Tap must be connected to an Intake Pipe or a Water Tank which must have some water inside.

You will know that everything is working in correct order if you see ‘Irrigated’ under your plot’s HUD.

Finally, do note that Small Crop Plots can only hold 200 units of water and Medium Crop Plots can only hold 400 units of water. As for Large Crop Plots, we don’t have sufficient information available!

Using Fertilizers
You can use Human as well as Dinosaurs fecal matter as fertilizers for your crops. In order to add a fertilizer to your plot, simply open up your plot’s inventory screen and add the fertilizer from your storage.

After this, you can open up your plot’s HUD to see your crop’s total ‘Fertilizer’ value. Following is an overview of each and every fertilizer in the game:

  • Human Feces – it adds 1,000 points when added to a Small Crop Plot
  • Small Dinosaurs Feces – it adds 2,500 points when added to a Small Crop Plot
  • Medium Dinosaurs Feces – it adds 5,000 points, spoils in 01:24:10 and decomposes in 01:00
  • Large Dinosaurs Feces – it adds 10,000 points when added
  • Fertilizer – it adds 60,000 points when added

Time to Harvest
Do note that growth and harvest of a crop greatly depends upon water and fertilizer availability. In case you are lacking in one of the two components, your crops’ growth rate will begin to dwindle.

There are a total of 5 stages in farming with last the step being Fruiting. Once your crops reach the final stage, you will be able to harvest food and new seeds from your crops.

In order to harvest, you simply need to remove the crops from the plot’s inventory screen.

Creating Farming Structures

Small Crop Plot
Components: 20x Wood + 10x Thatch + 15x Fiber + 25x Stone

Medium Crop Plot
Components: 40x Wood + 20x Thatch + 30x Fiber + 50x Stone

Large Crop Plot
Components: 80x Wood + 40x Thatch + 60x Fiber + 100x Stone

Compost Bin
Components: 50x Wood + 15x Thatch + 12x Fiber

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Intake
Components: 25x Stone

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Straight
Components: 5x Stone

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Tap
Components: 10x Stone + 15x Wood

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Inclined
Components: 10x Stone

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Intersection
Components: 15x Stone

Stone Irrigation Pipe – Vertical
Components: 5x Stone

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Tap
Components: N/A

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Straight
Components: N/A

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Intersection
Components: N/A

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Inclined
Components: N/A

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Vertical
Components: N/A

Metal Irrigation Pipe – Tap
Components: N/A

Components: N/A

Pro Tip: Fertilizer made from Thatch and Dinosaurs Feces along with with Composite Bin is the best fertilizer that you can use in the game.

This is pretty much everything we have on Ark: Survival Evolved Farming and Irrigation. If there is something else, you would like to know, make sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Also don’t forget to help us complete this guide in case you know how to make Metal Structures.

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