When Stardew Valley players first inherit their family farm, they might be puzzled to see a broken-down old building in the northwest area. Upon completing the Pantry bundles in the Community Center, however, this building’s purpose becomes clear: It’s a greenhouse, with a 12×12 plot of tillable soil.
After the Junimos restore this building, players can use this area to grow any crop in any season. When new players first gain this amazing resource, though, some aren’t sure how to use it most effectively. Here’s a list of crops that help turn the greenhouse into a money-making machine.
10 Mixed Seeds
These are a cool choice for greenhouse farming, simply because it makes them more interesting. When planted outside, mixed seeds will grow into one of that season’s crops. However, in the greenhouse, they may grow into a crop from any season.
Corn, peppers, wheat, eggplant—any of these and more could grow from mixed seeds. It’s fun to try out in wintertime, especially early in the game. Plant them and see what grows; maybe use their products in the Seed Maker to save some money next season.
This summer crop takes a long time to reach its full potential, since it requires thirteen days to mature. Planting them indoors, however, allows the plant to remain standing and keep reproducing even after its usual season ends.
Since these plants produce multiple berries at each harvest, just a few bushes allow the player to collect hundreds of blueberries. Not only can the player turn these into profitable artisan goods, but they can also use them to make Blueberry Tart, a great gift for many villagers.
Just like in the real world, corn has a lot of versatile uses in Stardew Valley. It’s used in several recipes, and can be pressed into oil which is essential for cooking. Growing it outside, though, can get a little tedious since it takes so long to mature.
Even though it grows in both summer and fall outside, greenhouse-grown corn lets the player reap greater rewards after that long wait. Using the final product in an oil maker allows the player to cook tons of helpful recipes.
7 Giant Crops
Cauliflower, melons, and pumpkins all have the potential to form giant crops. Any 3×3 square of these crops may, on any day once fully grown, mutate into a giant form. This can be broken apart with an axe to yield 15-21 items.
Players have to leave their plants alone for awhile in order for this to happen. However, regular crops die at the end of their season. Planting these items in the greenhouse allows the player to let them sit indefinitely, offering more chances at a giant crop.
6 Cactus Fruit
Since they’ve adapted to grow in the scorching air of Calico Desert, cactus fruits don’t grow at all on the player’s farm, even in summer. However, they flourish in the greenhouse, where they bear fruit every three days after maturing.
Though they’re not massively valuable on their own, players can also turn their cactus fruit harvest into jelly with a preserves jar, or brew them into wine with a keg. Additionally, these desert delicacies make top-tier gifts for Pam, Linus and Sam.
These summer seeds, purchased from Sandy, yield one of the game’s most profitable crops. However, they take thirteen days to mature without the use of Speed-Gro. This makes them a great candidate for greenhouse farming, since the player is no longer limited to the summer season.
Once the player reaps the rewards of their harvest, they can sell their starfruit for high prices, or turn them into artisan goods as with cactus fruit. They can also use the Seed Maker to multiply the number of starfruit they grow.
Speed boosts are invaluable in Stardew Valley, in every aspect of the game. If the player grows coffee in the greenhouse, they’ll never have to move at normal speed again.
Coffee produces continually once grown, unlike single-harvest crops like starfruit. This means that in the greenhouse, they never die. Just a few coffee plants can provide a huge surplus of the delicious beverage, since they produce four beans every other day. Additionally, this can help players complete Qi’s Culinary Challenge by making lots of triple espresso.
3 Ancient Fruit
The player first acquires Ancient Seeds from Gunther, after donating the artifact of the same name. Though they can be planted in any season except winter, they take 28 days to grow. Like coffee, however, ancient fruit becomes immortal in the greenhouse since it’s a reproducing crop.
This crop is surpassed in value only by starfruit and sweet gem berries. Greenhouse-grown ancient fruit provides the player with an infinite source of income, making them one of the best options for this section of the farm.
2 Fruit Trees
Fruit trees typically have a single season in which they produce fruit. Inside the greenhouse, though, they bear fruit year-round. This massively increases their profit margin, since it means they produce four times as much fruit as they would outside.
Any of the fruit trees are essential for a player to have on their farm. As with all other fruits, turning them into wine or jelly increases profit even further, especially with the Artisan profession. Orchard fruits are also high on every villager’s gift list.
1 Sweet Gem Berries
This crop grows agonizingly slowly. If the player doesn’t plant the Rare Seed on the first day of fall, there’s no hope of harvesting it. Planting it in the greenhouse, however, removes this pressure.
The player can give one Sweet Gem Berry to Old Master Cannoli’s statue, allowing them to access a Stardrop. However, these berries are also very profitable if the player replicates them with the Seed Maker. Since they sell for 3,000g at their lowest quality, they’re a great way to utilize the greenhouse.