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This article is about the condition that affects planted crops. For the condition that affects players, see Disease.
A diseased herb.
Disease is a condition that can afflict most crops grown through the Farming skill.

When a crop enters a new phase in its growth cycle, there is a chance it may become diseased. While diseased, the crop stops growing and has a chance of dying each time it would normally experience a growth cycle. Crops do not recover from disease on their own, so if the diseased crop is not treated it will die - usually sooner rather than later. Dead crops require use of a spade to dig up their remains before planting another crop in the patch.

Players may treat plants in diseased herb, flower, allotment, hops, belladona, and cactus patches with plant cure to restore the crop to health. Doing so will let the crop grow normally again upon the next growth cycle. For diseased trees, bushes, and the jade vine patch, the player may use secateurs on the plant to trim the diseased branch and restore the crop to health. Alternatively, if a player has access to the Lunar Magic spellbook they may use the Cure Plant spell instead, which is substantially more expensive but may save the player valuable inventory space during a crop run.

Crops grow in real-time, so they may become diseased when a player is offline. In addition, crops that have been cured of disease may become afflicted once again if the disease and treatment did not take place during their final growth cycle.

Reducing disease risk

Treating a farming patch with compost or supercompost before planting a crop reduces the chance of disease during all growth cycles. The general risk of a plant becoming diseased without any treatment remains unknown and may vary depending on the crop and even patch, but supercompost seems to reduce the risk of disease to roughly 10% for many types of crops.

If a player forgets to treat a farming patch, the expensive but useful Fertile Soil spell may be used to treat the patch with supercompost both before and after planting a seed or sapling.

While they do not reduce disease risk, when worn an amulet of farming vibrates when a farming patch attuned to it has become diseased. An amulet of nature also alerts a player to disease if worn, and in addition offers the option of being directly teleported to the infected herb. Both amulets may also be rubbed to check whether or not a plant is still healthy.

Eliminating disease risk

A snapdragon herb that has died from disease during its last growth phase. Had the player better timed their crop run or used an amulet of nature, this expensive seed might not have gone to waste.
Watering allotment and flower patches with a watering can eliminates the risk of disease for the growth cycle that immediately follows the irrigation. During the next growth cycle, the plant moves from being irrigated back to normal, and becomes at risk for disease once more unless it is watered again. Only allotment and flower patches may be watered.

Planting different flowers or a scarecrow provides protection from disease to a variety of crops in allotment patches once the flower is fully grown.

Otherwise, the only way to eliminate disease risk entirely is to pay one of the Group of Advanced Gardener farmers near the farming patch to watch over it and ensure that it grows to completion. Payment must be in the exact form requested, so for instance a farmer will not accept 5 apples in lieu of a basket of apples. However, farmers do accept noted payment. Note that farmers require separate payment for each allotment patch.

The belladonna, mushroom, and cactus patches do not have farmers available to oversee them. Herb patches cannot be watered, and despite farmers overlooking the allotment patch they will not accept payment for either the flower or herb patches.

Poison ivy bushes and evil turnip patches are immune from disease. Farmers will not accept payment to watch over a poison ivy bush, and the evil turnip patch does not allow a player to treat or water the patch. The special herb patch received by completing My Arm's Big Adventure is immune from disease, although yields may be increased by treating it with supercompost.

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This article uses material from the "Disease (Farming)" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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