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xsamatan

Orchards on "CC - Very Harsh"

Hello guys and gals,
I made the mistake ( :D ) of starting a new settlement with the latest Version of CC and do have some problems getting Orchards working on my map seed.

Orchards grow naturally and have fruits, however if I do not harvest them manually all food is lost in the autumn seasons.

Is this WAD on my chosen map selection?

Regards,
XSamatan

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Not sure what you mean by your map "working as designed".  All maps work the same way.  However, crops/orchards grow best in mild climates and have issues with extreme climates.

Orchards do not "grow naturally". You need to plant seeds which come with Easy and Medium starts or are purchased from Merchants that come to a Trading Post. A Farmer is needed to tend the Orchard and harvest the fruit. It takes 3-4 years for an Orchard to mature enough to produce fruit so it isn't a good food source early in the game. I find that I can create 9 x 19 (sometimes larger) Dense Orchards when using a Very Mild Climate and one Farmer can harvest all of the fruits before Winter. When you use a Very Harsh climate, you need to create smaller orchards and/or have another Farmer or two - especially during harvest time. 

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Thanks for your response esther!

I do have seeds and initially placed three orchards with varying sizes. The trees grow and after some years bear fruits - however despite having the workers home adjacent no food is harvested. Instead (after temperature falls below 0 °C) the yield display drops back to zero.

Do fruits (here: pears) spoil on the trees if temperature is too low?

 

Regards,
XSamatan

PS: Great work with all the wiki-pages! Helped a lot :)

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This chart tells you the temperature ranges for each climate and the temperature ranges for growing crops and orchards (still valid for CC 1.7): TEMPERATURES IN COLONIAL CHARTER  As you can see, orchards tolerate a high of 140F (60C) and a low of 40F (0C is 32F).  That means you need to pay attention to the temperature and harvest your orchards before the temp drops to 40F even though the yield is less than 0. You can press the Harvest button on the Orchard's info screen. May help to choose Pick-up also so Laborers gather the baskets of fruit and take them to storage. That saves time on the Farmer's part. 

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Thank you very much for this clarification, I'll probably scrap the orchards on this map :)

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I'm also trying a very harsh climate (so I hope you don't mind my jumping onto an old thread).  I have no fruit yet aside from berries, and I'd like to know if there's any difference in yield between different types of fruit.  I've noticed that some crops grow faster than others (for example corn seems to grow faster than wheat), so is there a particularly fast-growing fruit?  I'm including all fruits, field or orchard.

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This chart shows the temperature ranges that fruit trees and crops grow well in. It also shows the number of seasons it takes for fruit to mature for harvest. It's kinda old, but it is still valid. Temperature Chart

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Thanks!  I remembered that the chart gave temperature limits, but I forgot that it had number of seasons to maturity as well.

I'm guessing it would be best to have field fruits that need only two seasons; like strawberries, for example.

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