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With the Terramart Shipment structure it is possible to sell crops and farm produce directly from your colony. This makes farming crops to make pixels a viable option. However, choosing the right crop to grow is surprisingly hard - there's a lot of variables to take into consideration -

  • Crops that grow on vines (eg. rice, tomato) are preferred to to those that don't (eg. potato) since they don't need constant replanting
  • Some crops grow faster or have fewer stages, which is a plus since (I believe) each individual stage requires watering
  • Some crops can be cooked or processed to increase their value
  • Some plants can only found on planets which are inaccessible until late in the game

With these in mind, what are the best crops to grow for the purpose of selling them to make pixels?

  • I prefer boneboo its takes a while to grow, but the fruit is worth 160 px also if you combine it with wheat at a kitchen counter it becomes spooky pie that worth 250 and adds damage bonus buff when eaten – Paul Jul 29 '16 at 14:26
  • Actually you can sell literally anything to these shops – DH. Jul 29 '16 at 22:53
  • @DH. Terramart Shipment only accepts crops and produce – Private Pansy Jul 29 '16 at 22:55
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I'm going to assume that for the crops that don't need to be replanted, the initial growth period is negligible in the long run, and only the time between harvests needs to be taken into account.

I gathered information from here and here, then created a spreadsheet and put in recipes for everything that can be made with just crops:

Spreadsheet

If the "best crops" are the ones which have the highest pixel per minute per tile of width, ie: for a given space or number of sprinklers, you'll be making the most money, then the best crops are jointly Boltbulb and Eggshoot at 6 pixels, per minute, per tile of width:

Boltbulb and eggshoot

I've usually found Boltbulb fairly early on, so I think it should be good enough for your last point.

As a sprinkler has radius 12, this means that, with a single sprinkler, you can be making (on average) 144 pixels a minute. With 20 sprinklers and an hour, you'd have 172,800 pixels.


If you're limited not by space, but instead by harvesting time, ie: you want to make the most profit per minute per plant harvested, which means less pressing e/Middle Click and less running back and forth to store stuff, then the best recipe is Hot Bone:

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These are created with 1 Chilli and 1 Boneboo. Every minute, you'll be making 11.625 pixels for each individual plant.

These ingredients are fairly late-game, so earlier on you could consider instead Ocean Salsa (8.3125) or Ape Grapes (7.5).


Here's a link to the spreadsheet I created, if you want to try something or check if I've made a mistake.

  • Nice theorycrafting. To get boltbulb you need to find a Glitch NPC town, which can spawn on early game worlds, but do require a bit of luck to encounter one. Let me put this to the test and see if it works out – Private Pansy Jul 29 '16 at 23:04
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    Fyi you can extend sprinkler coverage by elevating it – l I Aug 5 '16 at 18:54

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