Crops and Crop Mutations - Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Guide

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Cheats, Tips, and Guide to get all Crop Mutations. Applicable on Switch, PS4, PC, and Mobile version.

This page is part of the Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Guide. Here, we'll delve into all aspects of crops and crop mutations.

Farming is a fundamental activity in Harvest Moon games, and as the main character, it becomes your responsibility.

The basic concept of farming in this game is influenced by various factors, such as season, weather, terrain, fertilizer, and more.

Crops and Crop Mutations - Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

If you aspire to become a great farmer in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, it's crucial to understand the explanations and effects of the aforementioned factors on your plant growth.

For those currently reading this article, you're on the right track. By learning about these aspects, you're taking the necessary steps to become a successful farmer in the game.

How to Plant Crops

The process is explained in the tutorial with Jeanne, but I'll include it here to ensure the guide is comprehensive.

To plant crops:

  1. Use the Hoe to till the ground.
  2. Select the seed you want to plant.
  3. Water the planted seeds with the Watering Can.
  4. Apply fertilizer to the crops.

All these actions can be performed with just one click, and the sequence is tilling > planting > watering > fertilizing > harvesting.


There are 7 types of weather in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, including extreme weather conditions like blizzards that can harm your crops.

Terrains/Types of soil

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, there are 4 different types of soil for planting crops:

  • Grassy land: Found on the farm near your house.
  • Patchy: Less fertile soil with a mix of grass and dirt, typically located in the lower mountain areas.
  • Dry: Harsh soil found at the mountain's summit.
  • Swampy: Soil characterized by constant moisture, located in the eastern beach area.

This soil-based planting system may be unfamiliar to players accustomed to the Marvelous-developed Harvest Moon series, as it was introduced in the Natsume-developed games.

How to Get Crop Seeds

You can purchase vegetable and tree seeds from Sam, while flower seeds are available for purchase from Carol.

It's important to note that not all crop seeds will be immediately available at Sam's and Carol's shops. Many seeds will become available as you progress through the main storyline, and some will be accessible only during specific growing seasons.

Increasing your friendships with Carol, Dean, and Sam, as well as completing their requests, can also unlock new seeds.

To unlock mutated crop seeds, you must sell the mutated crops to Sam or Carol in certain quantities, typically starting from 10 pieces but possibly increasing to 20, 30, or even 50 items.

When purchasing crop seeds, it's advisable to refer to the listed table information to determine the suitable season and terrain for growing each crop.

Basic Concept of Crop Mutation

Mutation in crops refers to a genetic change caused by various factors, resulting in the development of new genetic characteristics and the emergence of new variations within plant species.

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, crops undergo random mutations influenced by factors such as season, terrain, and fertilizer (blend) when they are planted.

Using specific blends of fertilizer can increase the likelihood of mutations occurring in particular crops. For example, if you wish to mutate Celery into Mystic Herb, you can use Celery Blend to enhance the chances of a successful mutation.

Mutations are evident through changes in the shape and color of the crops compared to their original species.

How to Improve the Quality of the Crops

You can obtain "Great" crops, which fetch a higher price when sold compared to normal crops.

Enhancing the quality of crops is separate from mutation, as mutated crops can also have a "Great" quality.

Improving crop quality is straightforward; simply grow them during their optimal season and apply fertilizer. Upon harvesting, you'll notice the improved quality of the crops.

In addition to enhancing crop quality, fertilizer enables you to grow crops outside their usual growing season.

How to Know the Condition of the Crops

To assess the condition of your plants and determine if they will thrive, produce better quality, or perish, pay attention to the bubbles that appear as you approach your crops.

- A blue bubble indicates that the crop is weak, likely due to being grown out of season, and requires fertilizer.

If left untreated, the water in the bubble will continue to decrease, leading to the death of your crops.

- A white bubble signifies that the crop is in a normal condition.

- A gold bubble indicates that the crop is in excellent condition and has a high chance of producing "great" quality crops or undergoing mutations.

This condition occurs when crops are planted in the right season and soil, and when they receive regular fertilization or blends.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Crop Mutations List

Here is the list of all crops along with their mutations. Read the table below on the landscape screen for a better experience if you use a mobile device


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Asparagus Summer, Fall Grassy A summer crop with highly addictive taste
Baby Asparagus Spring, Summer, Fall All Mutates from asparagus
Baby Asparagus Spring, Winter Patchy Mutates from asparagus witj fertilizer
Phalanx Fall Dry Mutates from purple asparagus with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Blueberry Summer, Fall Patchy A sweet, delicious blue-colored berry
Cranberry Spring, Winter Swammpy Mutates from blueberries with fertilizer
Gooseberry Summer, Fall All Mutates from cranberries
Blackcurrant Summer, Winter Grassy Mutates from blueberries
Goldberry Spring Dry Mutates from cranberries with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Cabbage Spring, Fall, Winter All Leafy crop that grows in spring
Huge Cabbage Spring, Fall, Winter All Mutates from cabbage with fertilizer
Red Cabbage Spring, Fall, Winter All Mutates from regular cabbage
Green Cabbage Spring, Summer Swampy Mutates from red cabbage
Dome Cabbage Spring, Winter Grassy Grows in winter on grassland. Mutates from huge cabbage with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Broccoli Summer, Fall, Winter All Healthy green vegetable
Broccolini All Grassy Mutates from broccoli
Romanesco Spring, Winter All Mutates from broccolini with fertilizer
Evergreen Summer, Fall Dry Mutates from broccolini
Dryad Spring Grassy Mutates from romanesco with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Carrot Spring, Fall, Winter All A vibrantly orange vegetable
Baby Carrot Spring, Fall, Winter Grassy Mutates from carrots
Brown Carrot Spring, Fall Swampy Mutates from carrots
White Carrot Winter Grassy Mutates from baby carrots with fertilizer
Mandrake Fall Dry Mutates from brown carrots with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Celery Spring, Fall All A long, green crop that grows in spring
White Celery Fall, Winter All Mutates from Celery
Mystic Herb Spring, Summer Grassy Medicinal Celery. Mutates from celery with fertilizer
Royal Herb Fall, Winter Patchy Pink Celery. Mutates from white celery with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Corn Spring, Fall All Popular summer crop. Can be milled to make flour
Fodder Corn Summer, Winter All Best for animal feed. Mutates from corn
Sweet Corn Spring, Summer All Flavorful corn. Mutates from corn
Yellow Corn Fall, Winter Grassy Mutates from corn with fertilizer
Sunset Corn Fal Dry Mutates from fodder corn with fertilizer

Green Pepper

Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Green Pepper Spring, Summer All Some love and some loath this summer crop
Red Pepper Spring, Fall All Mutates from green pepper
Orange Pepper Summer Grassy Mutates from green pepper
Magic Pepper Spring, Winter Patchy Mutates from bell pepper with fertilizer
Purple Pepper Spring Dry Mutates from red pepper
White Pepper Winter Grassy Mutates from magic pepper
Golden Pepper Summer Swampy Mutates from magic pepper with fertilizer

Hot pepper

Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Hot Pepper Spring, Fall All A spicy crop
Habanero Spring, Fall Patchy Mutates form hot pepper
Jalapeno Spring, Fall Grassy Mutates form hot pepper
Dragon Pepper Spring, Winter All Mutates form Jalapeno with fertilizer
Devil Pepper Spring, Fall All Mutates form Habanero with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Onion Spring, Summer Patchy Vegetable with lots of layers
Scallion Spring Dry Small onions. Mutates from scallions
Petite Onion Spring, Summer Patchy Vegetable with lots of layers
Pearl Onion Fall, Winter Grassy Black variety of onion. Mutates from petite onion
Red Onion Spring, Summer All Black variety of onion. Mutates from scallion with fertilizer
Teardrop Winter Swampy Teardrop-shaped onion. Mutates from red onions with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Potato Summer, Fall All Popular and healthy vegetable
Purple Potato Spring, Winter Patchy Mutates from potatoes with fertilizer
Giant Potato Fall Patchy Mutates from potatoes
Black Potato Summer, Fall Swampy Mutates from purple potatoe with fertilizer
Titan Potato Winter Dry Mutates from black potatoe with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Pumpkin Spring, Fall All A popular fall crop
Zucchini Summer Swampy Mutates from pumpkins with fertilizer
Squash Spring, Summer Grassy Has a strange share. Mutates from pumpkins
Giant Squash Summer All Mutates from squash when special fertilizer is used
Cream Pumpkin Winter Patchyy Mutates from squash
Giant Pumpkin Fall Dry Mutates from giant squash when special fertilizer is used


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Spinach Spring, Fall, Winter All Vegetable that gives you big muscles
Baby Spinach Spring, Winter All Mutates from spinach with fertilizer
Savoy Spinach Spring, Winter Grassy Mutates from spinach
Lilac Spinach Fall, Winter Swampy Mutates from savoy spinach
Pink Spinach Winter All Mutates from baby spinach with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Strawberry Spring, Fall All A delicious red fruit
White Berry Fall, Winter All Mutates from regular strawberries
Angel Lantern Fall All Mutates from white berries
Magical Berry Spring Swampy Mutates from angel lanterns with fertilizer
Princess's Eye Summer Patchy Mutates from angel lanterns with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Tomato Spring, Fall All Healthy red crop
San Marzano Spring, Fall Dry Mutates from regular tomatoes
Red Zeppelin Spring, Summer Swampy Mutates from San Marzanos with when special fertilizer is used
Crimson Spring, Winter All Mutates from tomatoes with fertilizer
Killer Tomato Fall Dry Mutates from crimsons/td>


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Watermelon Summer, Fall Patchy A summer crop with sweet and juicy taste
Melow Yellow Summer Dry Mutates from watermelon
Cannonball Summer Patchy Mutates from watermelon
Kegling Fall Dry Mutates from cannonballs with fertilizer
Snowman Winter Swampy Mutates from mellow yellows with fertilizer


Crop(s) Season(s) Terrain Description
Wheat Spring, Summer, Fall Grassy Popular summer grain. Can be milled to make flour
Durum Wheat Spring, Summer, Fall Patchy Grows on infertile land. Mutates from wheat
Barley Summer, Fall All Nutritious barley. Mutates from wheat
Rye Fall, Winter Dry Mutates from barley with fertilizer


Different types of flowers can thrive in various seasons throughout the year in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope.

Flowers like Tulips, Dahlias, Cosmos, Carnations, and Pansies have the potential to mutate into flowers with new color variations.

Unlike crops, flowers do not require specific fertilizers to increase the probability of mutation. Simply plant them in the correct season and wait for them to fully mature.

While mutation results are as random as with crops, mutating flowers is generally easier.

Here's a comprehensive list of flowers and their potential mutations:

Flower Season Growth time Base crop
Pink Rose Spring 12 days
White Rose Fall 12 days
Blue Rose Winter 12 days
Red Rose Summer 12 days
Carnation Winter 8 days
Pink Carnation Winter 8 days Carnation
Cosmos Summer 8 days
Sunny Red Fall 8 days Cosmos (Dry land)
Pink Dahlia Summer 10 days
White Dahlia Summer 10 days Pink Dahlia
Yellow Dahlia Summer 10 days Pink Dahlia
Marguerite Spring 8 days
Pink Pansy Winter 7 days
Yellow Dahlia Winter 7 days Pink Pansy
Purple Pansy Winter 7 days Pink Pansy
Viola Winter 7 days Purple Pansy
Sun Flower Summer 8 days
Tulip Spring 8 days
White Tulil Spring 8 days Tulip
Yellow Tulip Spring 8 days Tulip

Fruit trees

When planting trees, it's essential to provide them with sufficient space for optimal growth.

Ensure there is at least one plot of distance between each tree. Additionally, if weeds grow around the trees, they should be removed.

Trees can be planted in any season, but they will only bear fruit during the appropriate season, and they cannot undergo mutation.

Here's the complete list of fruit trees:

Fruit Growth Time Bear Season
Apple 28 days Fall
Grapefruit 28 days Spring
Orange 28 days Winter
Peach 28 days Summer

That's Crops and Crop Mutations in Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Keep in mind that this guide is still incomplete.

If you want to help add some useful information to this guide, let us know in the comments below. I would appreciate any help from you. Thanks.

Read also: Building Repairs and Upgrades - Harvest Moon Light of Hope Guide


  1. Unknown
    Just to let you all know. For some mutations to occur the pattern you plant the crops matters. Sometimes it needs to be checkerboard and other times in rows. Also sometimes certain plants being next to it can help
  2. Unknown
    Can you give me an example of this please?
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