In the Harvest league, each zone will contain a seed cache. When you interact with the seed cache, it drops Tier 1 seeds, advances a growth cycle, and Oshabi opens a portal to the Sacred Grove. The growth stage does not advance if you are 10 or more levels higher than the zone.
If entered from a zone, the Sacred Grove will be part of the instance you entered from, which means map modifiers and such will apply within the Grove as well.
Entering the Sacred Grove from a different zone or from the waypoint will create a new instance of the Sacred Grove, so do not enter the Grove from anywhere other than how you first spawned it, or you will lose any unfinished harvests.
Growing your crops
Once you've acquired a seed, you can plant them in any free space within the Sacred Grove. Tier 1 seeds only need time (clicks 3 seed caches from 3 different instance) to grow, but higher tier seeds need plants of one tier lower adjacent to them and require extra condensed Lifeforce from a Disperser in order to grow. Seed enhancers can be placed in any unoccupied space. Their effect will activate when any seed within radius is harvested.
You can remove plants by Ctrl+Left Clicking on them (in PC; console has different binding). Removing plants resets their growth, including any condensed Lifeforce you may have given them.
Once you have at least 8 fully grown crops of the same color within range of a Collector, you can begin the harvest, spawning monsters from each crop. Once all monsters are killed, you can use then use the Collector to craft. Each crop gives Lifeforce and a random one-time use crafting option from its specified crafting pool. Monsters will be stronger and more rewarding the more Lifeforce you harvest at once. Monsters may also drop seeds of one tier higher and seed enhancers when killed.
You must use your crafting options as soon as it is revealed, unless you have a Horticrafting Station to store crafting options for future use. Any unused lifeforce can be condensed and stored to be used to fertilize crops. Condensed Lifeforce cannot be used for future crafting. Collectors and Storage Tanks can store condensed Lifeforce up to a capacity. If you do not have enough storage space, the excess is lost.
The item level of the you use for crafting can be at most 10 levels higher than the item level of the seed. Any items with an ilvl higher than 83 are treated as being at ilvl 83.
You can craft on items in you Stash. You cannot transfer items between your inventory and stash from here, and if the item turns into a new item, the new item will drop in the Grove.
Heart of the Grove
Once you harvest a Tier 4 seed, the Heart of the Grove will start growing. It requires 100 cycles to grow, and the growth cycle will only advance in zone level 78 or higher. Once it finishes growing, you can fight the Avatar of the Grove.
Lifeforce Collectors are used to harvest fully grown plants of matching color within a 5x5 grid around itself. You must have at least 8 fully grown plants in order to start harvesting. It costs 25 Lifeforce to craft. It has 3 variants: Primal, Vivid and Wild Lifeforce Collector.
Each collector can also store up to 50 Lifeforce. You can use the auto-plant button to automatically plants seeds of the same color in your inventory around it.
Dispersers use stored lifeforce to fertilize crops in a 5x5 grid around itself. It costs 30 Lifeforce to craft.
Storage Tanks are used to store condensed lifeforce to be used for fertilizing crops. Each Storage Tank can hold up to 1000 Lifeforce. It costs 75 Lifeforce to craft.
Advanced Storage Tank
Advanced Storage Tanks are higher capacity Storage Tanks that can hold up to 5000 Lifeforce. It costs 5000 Lifeforce to craft.
Horticrafting Stations allows you to spend Lifeforce to store a craft from a harvest, allowing you to save crafting options for later. Up to 3 crafting options can be stored. It costs 1800 Lifeforce to craft, which means you must harvest multiple higher tier crops at once in order to craft one.
Pylons are used to connect equipment with each other. They have a range of approximately 4 tiles. You can have up to 4 connections for each pylon. All connected equipment much have matching colors. It costs 10 Lifeforce to craft.