During exploring, fighting aliens and gathering materials, you might get hungry or even injured. That's why it's always a good idea to keep some food and medics on you. One of the best ways in doing so is with farming. Crops can be planted and harvested for a variety of goods for crafting food that satisfies your hunger and fills stamina or medics which can cure diseases and regenerate your health.
Unlike gathering plant products, farming does not yield experience points.
To set up a farm you will need
- A Base or Capital Vessel with at least
Any plant must be placed on a Growing Plot, with a Plant Grow Light in a 3 by 3 area above, centred on the block above the plant and the block it's in needs to oxygenated or else it will stop growing, but continue as soon as all of them are provided again. If the plant is radiated it will die. On planets with a breathable atmosphere, no oxygen must be provided with a Ventilator. Note that plants don't need to be watered and there is no way to do so anyway. To remove a plant use the Multitool.
Currently, there are 18 Sprouts that produce a total of 11 different products. Vegetables, Fruits, Grain and Natural Stimulant can be produced by multiple plants with different average yields per hour. The most efficient crops of these types are marked bold
|Sprout||Type||Growth time||Yield||Yield per hour|
|Blue Pepper||Vegetables||50 min||2||2.4|
|Space Kavae||Natural Stimulant||33 min||2||3.64|
|Aloe Vera||Herbal Leaves||40 min||1||1.5|
|Ahax Plant||Plant Protein||90 min||5||3.34|
|Akua Berry||Berries||74 min||4||3.24|
|Space Orange||Fruit||135 min||8||3.56|
|Alien Honey Plant||Natural Sweetener||62 min||2||1.94|
|Large Eggplant||Vegetables||31 min||1||1.94|
|Fiber Plant||Plant Fibers||43 min||8||11.16|
|Coffee Plant||Natural Stimulant||91 min||6||3.95|
|Big Alien Flower||Buds||27 min||1||2.23|
Emergency Ration Farming Ratio
The best food type both in total market price and nutrition value is the Emergency Ration, which has the significant benefit of not requiring a Fridge to prevent perishing. The farmable ingredients required are 2 Buds, 4 Fruit, 15 Plant Protein, 3 Vegetables and 3 Spice plus 1 Purified Water (which can endlessly be absorbed from a body of water using a Water Generator at negligible fuel cost).
To optimize passive Emergency Ration farming when exploring, keeping yield amounts in mind as opposed to hourly rates, use the following ratio:
A single "set" thus uses 14 plots, with only 0.25 Pumpkin going to waste. You'll also gain excesses of anything you harvest in between Pumpkins (the slowest crop to mature).