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Plant Tycoon Strategies

Updated on December 1, 2011

Plant Tycoon Hints, Walkthroughs, and More

This lens is an aggregation of the best Plant Tycoon resources on the web. It will provide you with basic, non-spoiler hints to help you play the game with minimal frustration as well as major spoilers to get you out of rough spots. WARNING: This lens can lead you to spoilers! If you want to solve the cross-pollination puzzle yourself, you may not want to read/click too much. But it is tempting, isn't it?

Plant Tycoon is a real-time, gardening simulation, genetic puzzle game. Real-time means that unless you pause the game completely, it still continues to run when you turn the game off. Even when your computer is off. Starting with just a few seeds, the goal in the game is to nurture your plants and cross-pollinate the different species until you find the 6 Magic Plants of Isola. Along the way, you'll have to invest in better supplies for your plants, fight off bug infestations, and prune them to look their best for sale. Proceeds from your plant sales help finance your cross-pollination research and decorate your nursery.

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Plant Tycoon
Plant Tycoon

Inexpensive game for weeks of fun. Solve the genetic puzzle in this gardening simulation game. No violence, no gore. Good, clean fun.

 

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Getting Started / Hints for Plant Tycoon

How to play Plant Tycoon efficiently

General Strategy (No spoilers.)

  • Start by planting the 8 seeds you have. Look in your seed storage and your seed tray.
  • Self-pollinate your mature plants and harvest all the seeds available to build up your inventory. The plant will be "depleted" when all seeds have been collected from it.
  • Don't bother using the insect poison on your early plants because they aren't worth the dose. Just toss out the plant.
  • Catching bugs and selling (trashing) extra seeds are great ways to make a few more bucks.

  • Prune dead leaves from your plants to make them easier to sell. You can also trim off leaves that hide flowers.
  • Try to sell your plants all at once. More plants in the nursery encourage sales. Nursery decorations also encourage sales.
  • Upgrade your soil and water as soon as you can. If the health of your plants degrade quickly, it's because the plant requires better soil and/or water. This is especially true of hybrid, cross-pollinated plants.
  • When you can afford it, use 2-3 fertilizer bombs to help increase the number of flowers (and the potential sale price).
  • You might want to set up a methodical cross-pollination system to help you find the Magic Plants.
  • Buy extinct seeds or use the Mutation liquid to discover the rarest plants.
  • Be patient! Adjust the speed of the game from the options menu to fit your schedule. Remember that the plants are still going when you're not actively playing the game.
  • Hit spacebar to pause!

Okay, so patience is the name of the game, meaning to find all the Magic Plants, it's going to take you some time. So here is the biggest, most important CHEAT of all to help eliminate all that waiting. Highlight the white text below to find out what it is.

Change the time on your computer clock! That's right. On the fast game speed, forward your clock by 1 hour and your plants will be instantly mature. Pollinate and forward another 10 minutes. Now you have seeds! You will, unfortunately, have to wait when your plants are in your nursery. Forwarding the clock does not speed up sales. You can set your clock back to the correct time when you don't have any seeds planted. Note: Forwarding the clock may affect other programs on your computer.

The above space is intentionally white. Just in case you didn't want to see the ULTIMATE CHEAT.

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Plant Species in Plant Tycoon

How to figure out all 529 plant species in Plant Tycoon

There are 23 different types of plants (foliage) and 23 different flowers. Each type of plant exists with every single flower. Hence, there are a total of 23x23 plants, 529 plant species.

The 23 foliage are, in alphabetical order: Ananas, Astera, Ball Cactus, Bamboo, Fanleaf, Fern, Glaber, Gladiatus, Grass, Lemonbush, Maple, Maranta, Multiflora, Orchid, Pear Cactus, Pipe Cactus, Pitcher, Rare Oak, Reptans, Ridgeball, Scandens, Tigerfern, and Weeper.

The 23 different flowers are, in alphabetical order: Arthurium, Aureus, Baccatus, Blazing, Bluestar, Citrus, Daisy, Fabled, Fourpetal, Fragrant, Jalapa, Lilia, Mela, Mystic, Nox, Painted, Rosaceae, Spotted, Tahitian, Tilia, Venomous, Venus, and Viola.

You can find pictures of all the different seeds in this downloadable Seed Catalog (pdf). Photos of the plants can be found in this downloadable Breeding Chart (Excel).

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There are 6 Magic Plants to find in the game. Each plant has special powers that affect your plants and/or your nursery. The descriptions are copied from the game.

Magic Tree of Fragrance

Fourpetal Maple: The intoxicating fragrance from this plant is universally pleasant and exotic. The wonderful aroma influences visitors in the nursery and attracts rare insects. This effect is automatic and permanent.

Rose of Joy

Rosaceae Fern: This breathtaking plant bears roses so beautiful that people come from miles to behold its wonder. Your nursery will always have a crowd from now on. This effect is automatic and permanent.

Fruit of Life

Mela Rare Oak: The presence of this magic plant makes your other plants robust, resistant to infestation, and bloom vigorously. This effect is automatic and permanent.

Fabled Rose of Isola

Fabled Lemonbush: Until now this plant existed only in myth. This rare rose will surely bring you great fame and riches. This effect is automatic and permanent.

Golden Berries of Wealth

Aureus Scandens: These magical berries cause customers in your nursery to more eagerly spend money... not just on this plant, but on all plants. This effect is automatic and permanent.

Flower of Knowledge

Nox Orchid: The essence of this flower gives you great insight and wisdom. Now you know exactly what each plant is worth. From now on your plants are automatically priced much closer to their true value. This effect is automatic and permanent.

This page is filled with resources so don't forget to bookmark it. Do you have any tips or hints you would like added to this lens? How long did it take YOU to beat the game? Also, you can rate this lens at The Isle of Squid or even submit your own lens there.

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      mumsgather 

      5 years ago

      I'm currently playing it on my ipad but I hate how you can't finish the game unless you upgrade by paying money in order to get plant bucks. :(

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      JaskeMann 

      5 years ago

      Never played this one, but it totally seems like my kind of game

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      Cindrella5 

      6 years ago

      Hi

      Your Plant Tycoon was very interesting.....

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Buddy , this is very help full. I am very puzzle about all this things.I download a game of ink cartridges for printers & get puzzled

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much for the article: My cross

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      gamingfanboy 

      6 years ago

      nice lens very detailed.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love this game :) I found it so addicting! Keep it up and more games to build.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Amazing lens. You get one squid thumbs up from me. Keep up the great work.

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      redleafloans 

      6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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      yourgoldenfuture 

      7 years ago

      good lens...

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      Tahamtan 

      7 years ago

      I got motivated to check on plant tycoon. Thanks for the good lense

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      salcha00 

      8 years ago

      Wow. This is really a good lens. Thank you for explaining the game and for the walk-though. I am going to play it right now. I love gardening.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: YES

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I found 3 of the magic plants!!! When I first played saw the game it looked simple. WAS I WRONG! Started the game again and taking a more systematic approach.

      The virtual seed tray is an indispensable tool - whether you use the cheats or not.

      Absolutely fantastic game!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Fabulous game! enjoyed your lens.

      D.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      i found all the magic plants !

      i got the game for free!

      downloaded from the internet

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I have got 4 magic plants and I'am looking for another 2 magic plants. I like this game very much.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      is this game worth buying ?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I enjoyed Viewing your Lens

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      This game sounds fun. Thanks for the great lens!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      this game is easy all you got to do is leave the plant in the sun and it will grow faster and i can prove i beat the game plant tycoon i wqill name all the magic plants 1 fourpeatal maple, 2 rosaceae fern ,3 mela rare oak ,4 nox orchid ,5 aures scandes ,6 fabled lemon bush

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      anyone know how to get citrus ball cactus??i already sell it..my mistake..and know i don't know how to get it back..i try to buy the common seeds but it become citrus fourpetal..not citrus ball cactus..

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to mosaic]

      i see..thanks for your information..but i already play the new game..i play it again.. anyway,it's good information for me if i had that same problem again..

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      mosaic lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to me] your game should still be saved. if i remember correctly, there's a folder labelled "ldw" that your game is stored in. you just need to get that folder into the same relative place as before (maybe drag the folder to desktop?). i forget the details. or, you can always drag your game back off the desktop to the original position.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      i already play..and already got the 1st magic plant..after i drag the shortcut to desktop..it lost..and i must play it again..how can i get the past game?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I totally love this game. I really enjoy how simple yet complex it is. Its so relaxing and calming and allows for plenty of time for doing things while still playing.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Another fun game by the Tycoon people. We just got the latest RC Tycoon for Christmas.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 

      9 years ago

      I will love this game. I'm going to vote for you as the best gaming lens. Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Very cool. Congrats on your 2008 GSA nomination.

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I'm halfway through Plant tycoon, why is there suddenly a big umbrella in my nursery?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      "Also, if you have an infested plant and it's selling price is below $65 then its better to trash it."-jess. The poison cost $65 and can be used 5 time! 65/5=13. Sorry about being pedantic, im just correcting an error.

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      kkeellyy123 

      9 years ago

      Totally loved the free trial so I got the game. Great lense also!

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      My kids love the Tycoon games. I got started with Railroad Tycoon, they've moved on to others; currently Rollercoaster Tycoon is their challenge. Lots of fun.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Not played it, and not likely to since it's addictive and I don't have the time. It does sound good though, I like these types of games. 5*****

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I loved this game so im close to beating the game. I found all magic plants, caught all the insects, bought all nusury items and tools. I only need 9 plant species to win. Always keep common seeds till the end because ou might need them. I sold my jalapa marantas in the beginning and had a hard time finding it for the magic plants. Also, if you have an infested plant and it's selling price is below $65 then its better to trash it. ^_^ hope this helps

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      mosaic lm 

      10 years ago

      Sorry, there's no Mac version. You can find the answer at this forum post.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Is there a virtual seed tray for mac users?

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      Pat 

      10 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Thanks for visiting my Zoo Tycoon lens. I'm lensrolling your lens.

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      triathlontraini1 

      10 years ago

      I'd never heard of this game before. Sounds fun! Thanks for the info.

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