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I'm playing Shining Pearl and I can plant Berry Trees to make more berries. I have gaps in my playtime, so I'm worried that if I plant a berry it will despawn and I'll lose my rare berry.

If I plant a berry and leave it will it stay there for me to pick it or do I have to go and gather it before it despawns?

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Berries are eternal, as they always have been (except XY berry fields where bushes wither after a month).

(Source: A berry I planted on release day is still there.)

Just go around, pick and replant berries as you go through plots. Once you unlock the whole map you can start doing farming loops around the world.

However, Honey Trees need to be checked every day.

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    Some games (such as OR/AS IIRC) actually have in-game dialogue that indicates that while berries don't despawn completely, they do reset to "freshly planted" periodically. Is that true for BD/SP (or any of the games, for that matter)?
    – Egor Hans
    Nov 30 '21 at 9:09
  • @EgorHans I have no experience with ORAS but you might be thinking about growing stages, which allows you to water it again every few hours to speed it up.
    – PTwr
    Nov 30 '21 at 12:14
  • I specifically remember some NPC in some game stating that the tree withers and another berry falls on the ground and grows. That NPC might be capping though.
    – Egor Hans
    Nov 30 '21 at 12:19
  • @EgorHans ah, "wither" is the key word. It appears to be feature of XY, but it took a month.
    – PTwr
    Nov 30 '21 at 13:09
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    I'm pretty sure berries have never been eternal. So good job on the research! All for the karma, eh? Dec 1 '21 at 9:01
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Since the accepted answer is incorrect, here's some info about the originals. If anyone finds a source for how it works in the remakes, feel free to edit my answer.

Yes, at least in the original DP games, the berry can despawn but this will take multiple days.

As with Generation III, when a plant is fully grown, the player has an amount of time equal to the full growth time of the plant to pick the Berry; after this time, the plant will return to its sprouting stage. This regrowth can occur up to 9 times (for a total of 10 plantings) before the plant is permanently lost. If Stable Mulch was used before the Berry was planted, the Berry will remain harvestable for 50% longer. If Gooey Mulch was used before the Berry was planted, the plant will regrow 14 times (for a total of 15) before being permanently lost.

Bulbapedia

If you want to be sure you won't lose access to a berry completely, make sure you always keep at least one in your bag.

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  • I don't think I saw any Stable Mulch for sale anywhere. Is there a way to check if the plants will die with changing the switch time or is it just based on in game play time or something?
    – temp
    Dec 1 '21 at 21:18

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