A Fairyland member, Jessica and Rainbow Sprite, brought up the question in the forum, as to whether or not a person could determine what fruit they would get from a Fructus by looking at the plant in the budding stage.
She took a screen shot of her garden in the budding stage and I edited and converted it for her so that it could be posted in the original forum (access to this thread is no longer available due to the changeover to the new forum format). I kept an eye on her garden and kept a record of which fruit resulted from those particular plants.
I then took it a step further and took my daughter’s garden, which was frozen at the time, and set up a Fructus research garden. I grew in excess of 40 plants and the results were the same each and every time. I have since received confirmation of these results from another Fairylander, Joanna Pearson, who did the same independent research.
There are three “buds” in the Fructus plant and they are guaranteed to turn into the following fruit (please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the page):
Bud 1 will turn into either an Apple or a Strawberry
Bud 2 will turn into either a Banana, Pineapple or Lime
Bud 3 will turn into either an Orange or Grape
Below is a picture of what the three buds look like and their resulting fruit:
To see which bud your plant will turn into, you can diamond-dust the plant 4 times, to immediately see the bud. We are not saying that you have to do this, it is merely a suggestion if you are looking for immediate results. It is sometimes easy to miss the budding stage in the plant, if you leave it to grow on its own, unless you plan on monitoring the growth stage from the minute you put the plant in your garden. Observing the plant growing on its own, without diamond dust, the average times that buds would start appearing would be anywhere from 1 day 5 hours to 1 day 9 hours. At 1 day 20 hours all of the buds were still visible in the garden.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that it might take you a while to get the desired fruit. The rare and ultra-rare fruit are a lot more difficult to find, and it could take a lot of gold and diamond dust, to get the fruit you are looking for. Some people are lucky, in that it doesn’t take much for them to find a Percy, for example, but it could take quite a while for others to get one. It is all in the programming, and each garden is different.
There is no guaranteed way to find one specific fruit, and no particular pot that the plant needs to be placed in. The above method narrows down your possibilities though, and gives you a chance at finding the plant you require, a little faster.
The leaves of the plant, in the budding and fully grown (blooming) stage, will not determine which fruit you will get. We looked at the plants once they were all in bloom and they all look exactly the same. There were no differences to be found in any of them (see pictures below of the same four fructus plants in their budding stage, flowering stage, and when ready for harvest). The only place a discernible difference was found was in the bud of the plant, at the budding stage (as described above). This section was added in after the Waxwing was introduced (May 2012), as someone was claiming in the forum that the leaves of the flowering plant indicated what fruit you would get (apple or strawberry). They were claiming that, if the plant had 3 leaves – it would be an apple, and if it had 4 leaves – it would be a strawberry. I decided to add the pictures as pictorial proof that this is not at all true. As you can see, the apple plant has 3 leaves only once it is ready for harvest and the apple has appeared, and the strawberry has 4 when ready for harvest.