How to Plant Trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Find a spot to plant the tree. Make sure there is at least one block of space between the area of the tree you want to plant and objects such as water, cliffs, or other trees. Go into your inventory and select the sapling. Choose Plant Here to plant your sapling in the spot you have chose.

If you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, you know how important it is to have fruit trees on your island. In this guide, we’ll show you how to plant trees properly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Firstly, you’ll need some fruit. Each fruit tree grows three fruit, and each of those fruit can be used to plant a new fruit tree that will grow three more fruit. Once you’ve picked your fruit, it’s time to start planting.

The key to planting trees properly is to imagine that Animal Crossing’s Island is created in a grid of squares. You’ll want to dig your holes on this grid with one space between each hole. If the holes are too close together, the tree won’t grow. Each of these holes has a square on each side of them, so if you can run around the hole, it’s acceptable, and your tree will grow.

Let’s say we want to plant six fruit trees. Dig six holes with one space between each hole. Each of these six holes has one full square space around them, and you’re going to plant your oranges in them. Once you’re facing the hole, it will say plant, and you need to hold your shovel in order to plant. If you’re not holding your shovel, it will not allow you to plant.

So, we’ve used six oranges to plant six trees that will grow 18 out of time. And there you have it! That’s how you plant trees properly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Remember, if there’s a space clear around all of them, they will grow.

Now you can have a bountiful orchard on your Animal Crossing island. Happy planting!


How do you plant new trees in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
To plant trees, you will need to purchase saplings (more on that below). Once you have some, walk to the spot where you'd like to plant them. Select them in the inventory and choose 'Plant here'. This will plant the tree, no need for digging or anything.
How do you get saplings in Animal Crossing?
Saplings can be bought from Tom Nook's Store (from Wild World onwards, the store must have upgraded to Nook 'n' Go or above), the Garden Shop in New Leaf, and Nook's Cranny in New Horizons. Saplings cost 60 Bells ( 640 Bells in New Horizons), and players can plant multiple saplings in one day.
How long does it take to plant a tree in Animal Crossing?
The sapling will grow, and in a few days, you'll have a new fruit-bearing tree! If you plant a tree directly adjacent to an object, building, water or other tree, it will wither as a small sapling. Trees take 3 days to grow and on the fourth day they will bear Fruit if they are fruit trees.
Why won t my trees grow in Animal Crossing?
Trees won't grow if you plant them too close to each other. You'll need two spaces in between trees to ensure they grow properly. If you want to grow more than two trees in a row, you'll need four spaces between the second and third tree.