Hybrid Flower Breeding Guide | Cross Pollination and How to Cross Breed Flowers | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Flower Breeding

This is a guide to cross pollination or flower breeding in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn how to make hybrid flowers, as well as what flower breeding layouts to use!

How to Make Hybrid Flowers

Flower Breeding Methods

1 Breed new flowers with two flowers from seeds. (Recommended)
2 Cross Pollinate a flower from seeds and a flower originally on your island.
3 Cross Pollinate two Hybrid Flowers.
4 Breed more of the same flower through Cloning.

Breed New Flowers from Seeds

ACNH - Leif

We recommend using flowers seeds bought from Nook's Cranny or from Leif's Garden Shop as you can control the outcome of the breeding process. These flower seeds have fixed cross pollination patterns so you're guaranteed to get the hybrid color you want.

Cross Pollinate Native Flowers

ACNH - Island Flowers

You can also use the flowers growing natively on your island to make hybrid flowers. While this method is faster than breeding two flowers from seeds, it is harder to control the outcome as these flowers have random cross pollination patterns.

For example, cross pollinating a Red Rose and a White Rose from seeds will create a Pink Rose, but when cross pollinating the same flowers that were native to your island, it is possible to get Yellow Roses instead.

Cross Pollinate Two Hybrid Flowers

ACNH Cross pollinating purple tulips

Sometimes the only way to get a specific color, like most of the Purple flowers, is to crossbreed two hybrid flowers.

The example above shows how to make Purple Tulips. This is done by cross pollinating Red and Yellow Tulips first and then using the Orange Tulips to make Purple Tulips.

Cross pollinating two hybrid flowers of the same color is also one way to make more of the same flower.

Breed Flowers through Cloning

Layouts where Flowers will clone
ACNH - Good Cloning Layout 1Enlarge ACNH - Good Cloning Layout 2Enlarge
Layouts where Flowers won't clone
ACNH - Bad Cloning Layout 1Enlarge ACNH - Bad Cloning Layout 2Enlarge

Another method of getting the flower you want is to clone it. To clone a flower, plant it somewhere where it isn't touching any other flowers of the same species and water them every day. Eventually, the flower will clone itself in one of the empty spaces.

Flower Breeding Tips for ACNH

Water Your Flowers to Cross Pollinate Them

ACNH - Watering Can

Watering flowers with the Watering Can causes buds to grow into flowers and nearby flowers to bloom, making crossing pollination much easier. Water the flowers at least once a day for them to grow.

How to Get the Watering Can

There are Hybrid Flowers that Require Specific Tools

ACNH - Cross Breeding Gold Roses

You need a Gold Watering Can to make Golden Roses

A Golden Watering Can is required to make Golden Roses. Unlike most flowers, these roses can only be obtained through specific instructions. For more information how to make Golden Roses, see the link below.

How to Grow Golden Roses

ACNH Flower Breeding Layouts

Cross-Breed in a 2x1 Grid Layout

ACNH - 2x1 Flower Breeding Layout
The easiest way to cross-breed two flowers is by placing them next to each other, within a 2x1 grid. The hybrid flowers will grow directly below the two flowers, like in the image above.

Cross-Breed in a 3x3 Grid Layout

ACNH - 3x3 Flower Breeding Layout size:440x247
Another method you can use is the 3x3 grid layout. By placing the flowers in a 3x3 grid, you can get a hybrid colored flower in the middle of the layout, like in the image above.

Hybrid flowers may not grow the next day

Even if you've fulfilled all the preconditions for Cross Pollination, hybrid flowers may not grow the very next day. If there are no new flowers, you'll simply have to continue watering them.

See the chart below for more information on hybrid flower colors.

ACNH Flower Breeding Charts

Flower Breeding Charts Overview

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Red Rose.pngRoses Red Tulip.pngTulips Red HyacinthHyacinths Red Mum.pngMums
Red PansyPansies Red LilyLilies Red Windflower.pngWindflowers Red Cosmos.pngCosmoses

Hybrid Rose Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Golden Rose IconGolden Rose * ACNH Black Rose IconBlack Rose ACNH Black Rose IconBlack Rose
ACNH Black Rose IconBlack Rose ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose
ACNH Blue Rose IconBlue Rose ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose *1 ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose *1
ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose ACNH Purple Rose IconPurple Rose ACNH Orange Rose IconOrange Rose
ACNH Purple Rose IconPurple Rose ACNH White Rose IconWhite Rose ACNH White Rose IconWhite Rose
ACNH Orange Rose IconOrange Rose ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose ACNH Yellow Rose IconYellow Rose
ACNH Pink Rose IconPink Rose ACNH Red Rose IconRed Rose ACNH White Rose IconWhite Rose

*: You need to water the Black Roses with a Golden Watering Can.
*1: This Red Rose needs to be a hybrid between a Purple Rose and an Orange Rose.

How to Get All Roses

Hybrid Tulip Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Black Tulip IconBlack Tulip ACNH Red Tulip IconRed Tulip ACNH Red Tulip IconRed Tulip
ACNH Purple Tulip IconPurple Tulip ACNH Orange Tulip IconOrange Tulip ACNH Orange Tulip IconOrange Tulip
ACNH Pink Tulip IconPink Tulip ACNH White Tulip IconWhite Tulip ACNH Red Tulip IconRed Tulip
ACNH Orange Tulip IconOrange Tulip ACNH Red Tulip IconRed Tulip ACNH Yellow Tulip IconYellow Tulip

How to Get All Tulips

Hybrid Hyacinth Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Blue Hyacinth IconBlue Hyacinth ACNH White Hyacinth IconWhite Hyacinth ACNH White Hyacinth IconWhite Hyacinth
ACNH Pink Hyacinth IconPink Hyacinth ACNH Red Hyacinth IconRed Hyacinth ACNH White Hyacinth IconWhite Hyacinth
ACNH Orange Hyacinth IconOrange Hyacinth ACNH Red Hyacinth IconRed Hyacinth ACNH Yellow Hyacinth IconYellow Hyacinth
ACNH Purple Hyacinth IconPurple Hyacinth ACNH Orange Hyacinth IconOrange Hyacinth ACNH Orange Hyacinth IconOrange Hyacinth

How to Get All Hyacinths

Hybrid Mum Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Pink Mum IconPink Mum ACNH Red Mum IconRed Mum ACNH White Mum IconWhite Mum
ACNH Purple Mum IconPurple Mum ACNH White Mum IconWhite Mum ACNH White Mum IconWhite Mum
ACNH Green Mum IconGreen Mum ACNH Purple Mum IconPurple Mum ACNH Purple Mum IconPurple Mum

How to Get All Mums

Hybrid Pansy Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Blue Pansy IconBlue Pansy ACNH White Pansy IconWhite Pansy ACNH White Pansy IconWhite Pansy
ACNH Orange Pansy IconOrange Pansy ACNH Red Pansy IconRed Pansy ACNH Yellow Pansy IconYellow Pansy
ACNH Purple Pansy IconPurple Pansy ACNH Red Pansy IconRed Pansy * ACNH Red Pansy IconRed Pansy *

*: This Red Pansy needs to be a hybrid between a Blue Pansy and a Red Pansy from a seed.

How to Get All Pansies

Hybrid Lily Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Black Lily IconBlack Lily ACNH Red Lily IconRed Lily ACNH Red Lily IconRed Lily
ACNH Orange Lily IconOrange Lily ACNH Red Lily IconRed Lily ACNH Yellow Lily IconYellow Lily
ACNH Pink Lily IconPink Lily ACNH Red Lily IconRed Lily ACNH White Lily IconWhite Lily

How to Get All Lilies

Hybrid Windflower Flower Chart

Note: There are several ways to make a hybrid Purple Windflower, but the combination below seems to give them most often!

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Pink Windflower IconPink Windflower ACNH Red Windflower IconRed Windflower ACNH Orange Windflower IconOrange Windflower
ACNH Blue Windflower IconBlue Windflower ACNH White Windflower IconWhite Windflower ACNH White Windflower IconWhite Windflower
ACNH Purple Windflower IconPurple Windflower ACNH Red Windflower IconRed Windflower * ACNH Red Windflower IconRed Windflower *

*: This Red Windflower needs to be a hybrid between a Blue Windflower and a Red Windflower from a seed.

How to Get All Windflowers

Hybrid Cosmos Flower Chart

Hybrid Flower Parent 1 Parent 2
ACNH Orange Cosmos IconOrange Cosmos ACNH Red Cosmos IconRed Cosmos ACNH Yellow Cosmos IconYellow Cosmos
ACNH Pink Cosmos IconPink Cosmos ACNH Red Cosmos IconRed Cosmos ACNH White Cosmos IconWhite Cosmos
ACNH Black Cosmos IconBlack Cosmos ACNH Orange Cosmos IconOrange Cosmos ACNH Orange Cosmos IconOrange Cosmos

How to Get All Cosmoses

Related Guides

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List of Flowers

Flower Related Links
Flower Breeding Guide |
How to Make Hybrid Flowers
ACNH WindflowersWindflowers ACNH RosesRoses ACNH HyacinthsHyacinths
ACNH MumsMums ACNH LiliesLilies ACNH TulipsTulips
ACNH PansiesPansies ACNH CosmosesCosmoses ACNH BushesBushes
ACNH Lily of the ValleyLily of the Valley

Comment

22 Anonymous5 months

Hybrid flowers can contain recessive genes in their code (like irl flowers) that can result in some random flower colors. Seeds from Leif or the shop will always have two genes of the same color (like a red rose bag will have Rr gene.) This twitter post has a in-depth explanation that might help! :) https://twitter.com/GeneticJen/status/1259490563147075584

21 DrowningElysium5 months

I somehow have gotten Pink Lillies from Red Lillies standing on their own. The Pink Lillies are in contact with Pink Windflowers though. Is it possible that cross breeding is possible with different types of flowers?

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