How to Plant Flowers | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Color your island with flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Learn where you can get different types of flowers and how to plant them in our guide!

How to Plant Flowers

Steps to Plant Flowers

1 Get flower seeds.
2 Make space to plant the flowers.
3 Plant the seeds by selecting them from your pockets.
4 Wait for them to bloom in 4 days.

1. Purchase Flower Seeds

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Item Price
Flower Bag (Seeds) 240 Bells (Single)
1,200 Bells (5 Pieces)

You can purchase a single flower seed or in bulk at Nook's Cranny. Once you've upgraded the shop and progressed in the game, you should be able to purchase 3 types of flowers, including your native flower, in white, red, and yellow.

You can purchase more types of flower seeds from Leif!

Native flowers are the ones that grow naturally on the top of your island's cliffs.

2. Select a Space to Plant Flowers

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Flowers grow only on grass and dirt, and unlike trees, they do not need a free space around them to grow.

You can plant them in front of your house, or your neighbors' houses, or you can create a garden of your own!

3. Plant Seeds on the Ground

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Stand on the space where you want to plant, and open up your inventory to select the flower seed.

Select Plant and the flower will be planted at your foot. You can also use your shovel to dig up a spot where you want to plant the flower.

4. Wait for them To Bloom in 4 Days

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The growth of a rose in four days.

Flowers bloom in 4 days, and you will be able to see its progress from its bud up to the flower bloom.

Don't Run Over Flowers!

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Running over a flower multiple times will destroy it, so be careful and only walk when you are on flowers.

However, destroyed flowers will grow back the next day, so you do not need to worry about losing them.

Do You Need to Water Flowers?

Watering Helps with Cross-Pollination

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We also have concluded the watering the flowers does not make them grow faster. However, it does help when you are trying to cross-pollinate flowers.

Cross Pollination and How to Make Hybrid Flowers

Rain Waters the Flowers

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You do not need to water plants on rainy days as they will automatically be watered for the day.

Watered Flowers Will Sparkle

You will know if a flower has been watered if it creates a sparkle from time to time. It will sparkle more when more players water it.

Residents will sometimes water flowers too

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Sometime when residents are outside, they will be doing activities which include watering flowers.

Can You Plant Flowers on the Beach?

Flowers Will Not Grow on the Beach

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Flowers cannot grow on the beach. They need to be on grass or dirt for it to fully-bloom.

However, you can move flowers to the sand. You can do this for decoration, or if you want to stop flowers from breeding.

How to Move or Replant Flowers

Picking the Flowers Does not Remove the Stem

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You can press the Y button to pick the flower, but this will only take the flower, and not the plant itself.

The plant will still be left for a new flower to grow in 2 days.

Use a Shovel

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Use the shovel to pull up the flower including the stem and plant in the new spot.

Where to Get Flowers

Get from Mystery Island Tours


To get full-grown flowers easily, you should go on Mystery Island Tours. If you're lucky, you might get flowers that are not sold on your island.

Use your shovel to pull them up and plant them on your island.

Mystery Island Tours and Nook Miles Ticket Guide

Purchase Seeds from Friends' Islands

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As the type of flower seeds you can buy on each island differs, you can coordinate with your friends and visit their island to buy other types.

You can add friends using our Friend Request Board!
Friend Request Board (2038)

Purchase Seeds from Leif

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Leif is a new visitor added to the V1.2 update of the game. Make sure to unlock him to get other types of flower seeds, as well as shrub starts!

How to Unlock Leif's Garden Shop

How to Get Hybrid Flowers

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Hybrid flowers are flowers that have colors that do not grow naturally. To learn more about hybrid flowers and cross-pollination, check out our guide!
Cross-Pollination and How to Make Hybrid Flowers

What Can You Do with Flowers?

Use as DIY Material

Flowers are used as materials for DIY items. You can craft a variety of items with different kinds of flowers.

Examples of DIY Items Using Flowers

Rose Wreath ImageRose Wreath Rose Wand ImageRose Wand Cute Rose Crown ImageCute Rose Crown Rose Crown ImageRose Crown
Rose Bed ImageRose Bed Image Currently UnavailableGold Rose Wreath Image Currently UnavailableGold Rose Crown Image Currently UnavailableFancy Rose Wreath
Dark Rose Wreath ImageDark Rose Wreath Chic Rose Crown ImageChic Rose Crown Blue Rose Wreath ImageBlue Rose Wreath Blue Rose Crown ImageBlue Rose Crown

List of DIY Recipes | How to Get DIY Crafting Recipes

Use as Accessory or Decoration

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You can wear a flower on your head as an accessory, or place them in your house. You can even place them outside for your neighbors to appreciate.

Can be Sold at Nook's Cranny

Item Selling Price
Any Flower 40 Bells
Golden Rose 1,000 Bells

You can sell flowers at Nook's Cranny for 40 Bells. Flowers grow back in 2 days upon picking them so this an easy way to cash in some Bells. Be careful not to sell the plant itself, because it is also sold for 40 Bells.

Additionally, if you have Golden Roses, you can sell the flower for 1,000 Bells, and since they grow back, you can sell these every other few days.

Raises Your Island Rating

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Flowers are a big factor in raising your island's rating. Plant flowers around your island to create a beautiful scenery.
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