Master the Technique: How to Irrigate Crops in Minecraft

Are you struggling to keep your crops alive and thriving in Minecraft? Watering crops is a crucial aspect of farming in the game that often gets overlooked.

We will explore why watering crops is so important, what happens if crops are not watered, and how you can efficiently water your crops in Minecraft.

Learn how to create a water source, utilize bone meal, and discover all the tips and tricks you need to become a successful farmer in the virtual world.

Let’s dive in and discover the benefits of watering crops in Minecraft!

Why is Watering Crops Important in Minecraft?

Watering crops is important in Minecraft for maximising farm output efficiency. This is because the crop growth rate increases significantly as long as the correct conditions are met. The first method to grow crops faster is to plant them near water in hydrated tilled field blocks.

Waterlogged blocks were added in 1.13 to simplify which had been an elaborate irrigation system. If you wanted to grow crops you HAD to create a field of tilled soil within 4 blocks of water. Having waterlogged blocks increases the number of water blocks easily allowing for extended crop growth. Mushrooms, sugarcane and water-based plants such as kelp and bamboo can only be grown naturally or farmed through waterlogged blocks.

You can find these blocks within the iceberg structures as seen in the above photo Zogmasinator used in the non-modded 1.17 farm shown in his youtube video. For Wheat, Carrots, Potatoes, Beetroots, and Nether Warts, waterlogged blocks are half as effective. Mushrooms aside from the extra end appearance maintain the crop growth times of any hydrating block except it is better than netherrack. Sugar cane and bamboos need to be rod or plant and forget.

What Happens if Crops are Not Watered?

If crops are not watered in Minecraft, they still grow but more slowly than usual. Without water to humidify the soil and without proper hydration, Minecraft crops undergo a process of growth retardation and take many times longer than if they would have had proper hydration. In a tweet, game creator Markus “Notch” Persson confirmed this was inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

How to Put Water Under Crops in Minecraft?

To put water under crops in Minecraft, you need to create a hole in the ground where water will flow from a block of source water located under the farmland. In the same row as the block and up to four blocks of the water source block immersion, you can till the ground soil and plant crops on the farmland adjacent to the water block. You can till up to four blocks horizontally and eight blocks in total with 3 empty horizontal blocks on each side of the tilled area, including one directly beside it to achieve maximum growth speed.

Only Wheat Seeds, Beetroot Seeds, Carrot Seeds, and Potato Seeds can grow under water. Crop growth time depends on the moisture level of the soil next to the crop. Farmland side growth depends on the existence of water flowing into the farmland blocks. When next to crops in the ground, using a hoe tool will turn dirt into farmland, which can be irrigated to give faster seed growth. In Java, you can do this by pressing the right mouse button on Java. In Bedrock, interact control is on by default, and you just need to look at the blocks you are hoeing and right-click them. There are no servers or tools specifically designed to manage water farms in Minecraft.

Priority Zero is about the only tool documenting some of the most advanced automation systems. Agricraft will technically add irrigation in the form of sprinkler systems. Other tools like ServerPro or Empire Minecraft can be used to make water farms quicker to create and manage if you need a server in a water farm to improve network performance, generate power, or just get the job done quicker.

Gathering Materials

The two main materials needed to put water under crops in Minecraft are a hoe and a water bucket. A hoe is a tool created by shaping either four wooden planks, four cobblestones, four iron ingots, or three diamonds as shown in this pattern.

Create one by combining iron ingots from iron ore like this in the grid, then garden your land by destroying grass. Water buckets are created from three iron bars. You can collect water easily from any naturally spawned, or if needed, player created water source. Water buckets also interact with lava and can form obsidian or cobblestone through this.

Creating a Water Source

A water source in Minecraft is created by making a 2 x 2 square pool and filling it with any physically acquired source of natural water. This could be a bucket of water from a river or an iceberg when fluid-locked or simply two blocks of snow placed together that melt into a pool due to a heat source. This source can be tapped in a few different ways and is the fundamental way water gets under crops.

Placing the Water Source Under Crops

In order for water to hydrate farmland blocks, crops can be planted above water sources and/or next to hydrated farmland blocks. Farmland blocks that are within 4 blocks of a horizontal hydrating water source not protected by anything (including transparent blocks) will become hydrated automatically.

To protect the water source under crops from being destroyed see subsection 3.1. The placement of the water source is shown in the diagram below. Place the lava block at the left edge for easier collection of crops and add as many crops as necessary to match your farmland size for even hydration.

Tips for Efficiently Watering Crops in Minecraft

Tips for efficiently watering crops in Minecraft include adding a second crop type every six blocks to reduce the number of blocks with water underneath, using Fertilizer to decide which crops to prioritize, and using Walls to block the water source in order to efficiently collect tilled field products.

A block of water three blocks deep and stretching eight blocks (two empty crops) holds 24 water. Two blocks of water two deep and stretching four crops apiece (four for the vine farm in this case) together also deliver 24 water to plants, getting the most out of your water blocks by getting extra goods from a crop that uses a system where return crops are regularly removed by a player.

Create a Watering System

In early game context, this can be as simple as letting water flow from a central area in the farm. Water flows in a 5×5 area from a source, so as long as there is enough water for the flow to reach all the fields, a field with only one source block on the perimeter will be allowed to grow crops. Yogscast Sips guides new players through making a simple irrigation system in Minecraft in this YouTube video.

Macrotick Gaming provides another simple and humorous YouTube guide to irrigation in Minecraft.

If you want to control when and which fields your water goes to, then you may have to do more than just make an area where water can flow. The easiest way is to dig designs similar to those of the previous section and make sure water flows over the stairs or half blocks with the proper number of source blocks around you.

If you want better control, this usually leads to more complex, and often more automated, systems involving creating areas mapped out with a dedicated channel, such as a one-block wide ditch for water to flow in or ducts that you use to water plants in a few clicks. This requires more source blocks of water so there is a higher chance that a damaged block will be replenished and not restrict crop growth, Arrange the source blocks next to the way the water will flow where it could be accidentally damaged, use staircases and half-blocks to control how the water flows, especially in hilly areas, remove any cobblestones to ensure both that the maximum number of crops can be grown on the farm, and that they will not become permanently damaged, add signs to help direct the flow of the water and to avoid spillage onto areas off of the farm plot, and add water on each crop to make it easier to move later.

Use Bone Meal to Speed Up Growth

You can help crops grow just a bit faster by using Bone Meal, a gardening tool for accelerating plant growth which can be gained through fishing or used for taming wolves. You apply Bone Meal to a watered plant or underwatered plant in Minecraft, and it grows roughly two stages instantly. Keep in mind that you should always right-click on adult plants only, as doing so on immature plants wastes the Bone Meal.

Utilize Bonemeal Duplication Glitch

A bonemeal duplication glitch is a flaw in the game that allows players to duplicate bone meal items for free. This is usually automatically corrected by bug-fixing patches soon after being discovered but can often be kept in the game for extended periods without official acknowledgement. The bonemeal duplication glitch usually involves putting both bones and bonemeal in strategic slots within the hatch set up, allowing the clickability of the bonemeal trigger to diliver benefit without decreasing the number of bone meals.

This glitch is popular with agriculturalists inside Minecraft as it allows them an infinite supply of bone meal to grow crops faster as well as ample opportunities to branch out into decorative adjustments such as topiaries and flowerbeds manages with grass blocks on which waterlogged top and bottom slabs, stairs, fencing, gates, and signs can be placed. To grow crops in Minecraft, water under the crops is useful and can be created using the bonemeal duplication glitch.

What are the Benefits of Watering Crops in Minecraft?

The benefits of watering crops in Minecraft are yields that are laboratory testable for higher speed growth rates and stronger final form in terms of stem strength, leaf resistance, and green color, referred to as Biomass and Spectral Greenness (BSG). Prof. Eric R. Roy of the Rochester Institute of Technology has been doing research on the growth rates of different Minecraft crops.

Preliminary results from the agent-based model in Minecraft developed as part of this study suggest that crop yield is related to water status. The two maps below are successfully generated in the model (without calibration) and generally match Minecraft gameplay. As shown by the map on the left below, players have low iron production in the central west and northeast, for example, and the model maps show more areas without water. The map on the right shows similarly little water in the central part of the map (roy 2020).

Faster Growth and Increased Yield

Villagers in agricultural biomes automatically harvest and replant up to 80% of their village’s crop plots. While beetroot might be a better crop in terms of plant biomass produced (the game’s version of calorie content) and appearance (fully grown beetroot plants provide 2 times the pixels of mature wheat or carrot plants), the removal of beetroots from the automatic mechanics may render it less ideal for the water under crops strategy.

Prevents Crop Destruction

Putting water under crops also has the advantage of preventing crop destruction by root-destroying entities such as Endermen or players who accidentally jump on crops they are tending. Endermen do not go near water, so crop ownership over waterlogged blocks is safe. Additionally, a plant will not pop out if a water source is retracted from under it. If a water source block has ice placed on top of it and light levels around it are low, it could pick the water source up and carry it to the plant, providing too much water and causing popping.

Allows for Continuous Farming

Water under crops allows for automatic planting and harvesting of crops in Minecraft. Many crop farms use a system where the player plants the seeds manually in the tilled ground since they do not need to be replanted, then tills to make them ready for planting once again after harvesting. Waterlogged tilled soil blocks allow for this task to be automated by a villager.

Since waterlogged tilled soil repairs themselves after a few moments if a player does not jump on them while the water is above them, they can be planted to and tilled to be waterlogged by a villager repeatedly without the need for manual help.

Additionally, waterlogging for automatic under crop watering systems may allow the player to replant crops without involving themselves in the process for the cost of some extra pistons to remove a layer of water on/off blocks among other mechanisms for keeping certain blocks wet and others dry.


To put water under crops in Minecraft, build a water channel or a waterlogged stair at the level of planting and ensure that the water channel is followed, with light provided (near lava, glowstone, or lamps) and with Quality seeds used.

It is too early to determine if hydrating plants in Minecraft increases the yield of agricultural plots. Farmland with visible water and plants has greater aesthetic appeal than dry patches of dirt. It has a clear role inasmuch as hydrated farmland permits certain plants to grow. It is not yet clear if the yield of crops is significantly altered with hydration or not. Performing legitimate studies on hydration in Minecraft agriculture is more difficult than simple yield calculations utilizing traditional knowledge.

For single squares of farmland, water can continue to be used on them, but it is recommended this not be replicated at larger scales.

The German Environmental Ministry recently implemented a transformation initiative in Minecraft. As part of it, they implemented water saving conservation efficient irrigation methods.

In summary, there is a purpose for water under crops, seemingly for aesthetic goals, and for growing certain plants. It may serve a degree of hydration which impacts productivity, but the evidence thus far is weak that water has a large role in the Minecraft agricultural output beyond nourishment purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I put water under crops in Minecraft?

In order to put water under crops in Minecraft, you will need a few things: a water bucket, a hoe, and crops that are planted in tilled soil.

First, fill your water bucket by right-clicking on a water source block. Then, use the hoe to till the ground below your crops.

Next, stand above the tilled soil and right-click to place the water. The water will spread and cover the tilled soil below, effectively putting water under your crops.

Can I put water under crops without using a bucket?

Yes, you can use a water bottle instead of a bucket to put water under crops in Minecraft. Simply fill the water bottle by right-clicking on a water source block and then right-click on the tilled soil below your crops to place the water.

How much water do I need to put under my crops?

You only need one water source block to cover an area of up to 9×9 tilled soil. This means you can effectively water all your crops in a 9×9 area with just one bucket of water.

Do I need to constantly refill the water under my crops?

No, you do not need to constantly refill the water under your crops. As long as the water source block is in place, it will continuously hydrate the tilled soil and keep your crops growing.

What happens if I accidentally remove the water from under my crops?

If you accidentally remove the water from under your crops, the tilled soil will dry up and your crops will stop growing. Simply replace the water source block to rehydrate the soil and continue growing your crops.

Can I put water under crops in any biome?

Yes, you can put water under crops in any biome in Minecraft. As long as you have a water source block and tilled soil, you can effectively grow crops anywhere in the game.

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