FFXIV: Old Rose Breed Guide

Since Patch 3.3 it is possible to grow roses in a private or FC house.

For planting roses you require:
* a house (or room in a FC house)
* a planting pot
* soil for planting
* rose seed
* color changing fertilizer / Fishmeal

Planting pots can be acquired at any Housing Merchant in the 3 living quarters (Mist, Goblet, Lavender Bed) – Lavender = Gridanian Pot, Goblet = Oasis Pot, Mist = Riviera Pot.
Any house can have any of these – it’s just style 🙂
A small house can have 2 pots, medium 3, large 4.

Soils for planting: G1/2/3 Thanalan/Shroud/Noscean Soil – can be obtained by Mining or Mining Retainers (since 3.0 als possible to get G3 Soils through retainers).

The old rose seeds can be bought at any Material Supplier in the 3 living quarters (Mist, Goblet, Lavender Bed) – not in houses!
If you buy the seeds it is recommended to already buy the fertilizer that is able to change the soil. There are 3 kinds for blue, yellow and red.

What to do now?
First you put the pots into the house.
After that you can use the soil and the seed to plant the rose. It is red by default.
Now your breeding can start – using the color fertilizers. Fishmeal will speed up the production. Without that, the rose will be done in 24h. With it, of course a bit sooner. But there is no rush, really.
Please note: ONE Fertilizer per hour. If you use a color change you can’t use Fishmeal within the next hour and vice versa.

My tries so far:
Yellow Rose: Yellow Fertilizer
Blue Rose: Blue Fertilizer / Blue + Blue + Yellow Fertilizer (I messed this up as I wanted to put in one red and misclicked for a blue)
Orange Rose: Yellow + Red Fertilizer
Green Rose: Blue + Yellow Fertilizer
Purple Rose: Blue + Red Fertilizer
Rainbow Rose: Blue + Red + Yellow Fertilizer / Blue + Red + Yellow + Red Fertilizer (red unusual)
White Rose: Blue + Red + Yellow + Red + Yellow Fertilizer (orange unusual)
Black Rose: Blue + Red + Yellow + Red + Blue Fertilizer (Purple unusual) / Blue + Red + Yellow + Yellow + Blue Fertilizer (green unusual)

G3 Shroud Soil is giving a chance to receive 2 instead of 1 rose.

I am using my own small house + small FC house to breed 4 roses/day (since 2 days ago – before that I used one pot for that in my house only, the other being used for Voiddrake and Althyk Lavender). I bought an FC room to get 2 additional pots. (I got plans with all those flowers but won’t reveal what I will use them for yet 🙂 )
My twink’s medium FC house has 3 pots and grows Voiddrake and Althyk at the moment.
Right now that’s 9 soils/day excluding my other gardening projects (growing cross breeds @private house and shard seeds @ fc house).
It really helps to have at least 1 Mining Retainer to get the G3 soils – I am leveling a 2nd retainer right now to help with that 🙂


Review: AnimeCon – Saturday

Saturday, 11th of June, I was at the AnimeCon in Den Haag, Netherlands.
It was a really nice Dutch day – it rained 😀

I was meant to meet 2 friends – 1 at Leiden Centraal, 1 at the convention site. But as one got sick, we only were 2 to look around the convention.
I woke up with my alarm at 7AM, looked out of the window and was happy it rained. Haha. Yes, finally not an uber-hot and sunny sky or humid air – it was a refreshing breeze – with a bit of rain.
I got up, ate and packed up the last few things I would need for the day (drink and cellphone).
At 8:30AM I went to the train station just to discover that a person jumped on the tracks (yet again – it happens really often to be honest). First of all the train from Haarlem to Leiden was still meant to go but 5 minutes later it was cancelled as well.
So I went downstairs again to check where the bus would go – 15 minutes later I sat in the bus and snailed my way to Leiden Centraal.

I met my friend at the station and we took the train to Den Haag Centraal and went outside to get the tram to the World Forum.
The check-in at the World Forum went really smoothly – I was really surprised it really went fast 🙂 After we got through the check-in we left our bags in the Bag Room (also really quick queue) and checked out some rooms.

First we went into the Games Room where we checked out which games are available – it was really quiet there as it was around 11AM.
We saw that they had a VR headset and my friend wanted to try it out 😀 so we got in line to wait for his turn to shoot the horde with bow and arrow.
While he tried to save his castle, I talked to the guy who was responsible for the equipment and explanations. He informed me that the headset, controllers and observing cameras (that need to be installed in the room you play in) cost ~900 EUR. Phew. Expensive.

After my friend lost *gg* we moved on to the Dealers Room. I was a bit surprised that the products were mostly the same – and mostly scale figures and such – I missed the huge choice of Gashapons and Keychains and such but well, that goes with whatever people ask for so it’s okay, I’ll survive and there’s another convention I will visit this year where I can expect a different variety of products.
I was looking for some friends of mine but couldn’t find them, so after a round of exploring what the dealers have in stock and some talks to German merchants, I asked the staff at their stall and got the information they would be in the Food Corner. Woop.
But before going there, we let our names draw in Japanese – surrounded by nice pictures – the guy doing this is Japanese and was really happy that I talked with him in Japanese (and amazed how well I speak Japanese – I was amazed myself haha) .
My friend bought colored eye-lenses and I bought some fandom stuff for myself – a lottery item (only available in Japan) for the 20th Tales of-Anniversary *weeeee*
I wanted to buy a little cute bunny plush as well but as we strolled around the room again I thought I might do it later (or never).

So now we moved upstairs and found my friends at their food stall. We queued up – as we were also hungry and wanted to grab some nice Japanese food – and I could finally give them a little present (German tea and peer-chocolate-cake in muffin form). We ordered Takoyaki and Yakitori – it was delicious~ ❤


We sat down while eating – this is also a first for me – I never sat down while eating at AnimeCon as it was always busy and not enough seating available.
We got in line for Taiyaki and placed our order which we needed to wait for ~20 minutes but meanwhile we bought Bubble Tea and I spoke to the owners of the stall (also friends of mine). My choice of flavor was Mango – Passion fruit.


I really love my Taiyaki with Anko~ nomnom.


After we finished up I really wanted to buy that bunny I saw earlier… but it wasn’t there anymore. The guys at the stall searched for a similar bunny but couldn’t find any – so I bought a Mew (Pokémon) instead 😀


We decided to leave after that as neither of us wanted to check out the stage program and we were tired after walking around for ~5 hours while having fun talking and exploring things (yep, it still took some time even when we didn’t do “much”).

After leaving the convention we went to shop for groceries, made dinner and finished the day with watching movies 🙂

I guess I’m getting too old for conventions – or need to get used to not wearing a costume as I usually stay longer when I wear a costume (due to talking to lots of people, taking photos in different areas, fixing up parts of cosplay, etc) – but it’s fine with me to be honest. I don’t really miss it. I still need to get used to “being normal” at a convention and maybe I will wear a costume in the future again but right now I really enjoy not doing so 😛

Convention Checklist

It’s this time of the year again when convention follows after convention and I struggle with writing the same list over and over again 😀 which takes time and is annoying if you forget something.
So I thought I put it down on my blog – then I can just print it or mentally make my checks on each point and be done with it forever (hopefully) 🙂

Checklist (no stay at accommodation):

  • Find appropriate backpack
  • Charge Camera battery
  • Charge cellphone battery
  • Print Ticket(s)
  • Cash
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Choose clothes and shoes to wear
  • Insurance Card
  • ID Card
  • Camera + Cellphone
  • Tissues
  • Keys


Checklist (stay at accommodation):

  • Find appropriate backpack or suitcase (based on length of stay)
  • Charge Camera battery
  • Charge cellphone battery
  • Print Ticket(s) and check travel connections
  • Cash
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Choose clothes and shoes to wear upon travel and stay & pack clothes
  • Choose & pack night wear
  • Clean bag for dirty clothes
  • Hairbrush & Daily Care Pack (this is a ready-to-go item including my Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste and other things I use on a daily base)
  • Insurance Card
  • ID Card
  • Debit Card / Credit Card
  • Camera + Cellphone including charger cables (and convertible charger tools if needed)
  • USB stick, Laptop & cables
  • Tissues
  • Keys


Additional / Tips:
– Get a special bag only for your daily care items you’re going to use only when travelling. It saves a lot of time and nerves to not being in need to pack those things – and usually these are the things you forget about in the first place.
Mine has the following constant inventory: Tooth brush and tooth paste, Deodorant, Hair ties, Make-up and moisturizer, Plasters, Nail file and Tampons.
I take this bag everywhere when travelling – conventions, holidays, stay-overs.
– It helps to have another specific bag for worn clothes. First is regarding possible sweat smell (you seriously don’t want to have that sitting in your suitcase forever), second being: You don’t need to pack up as nicely as you would do usually. Everything in bag (more or less neatly depending on clothes), sit on it, put it into suitcase, close it, done.
It also helps to use additional bags you received after buying merchandise to put in new items – makes it easier to unpack if you can just pull out 2-3 bags at home and be done with unpacking from your trip 🙂
– I use a different purse when going to conventions or travels, therefore I switch over my ID card, insurance card, debit and credit cards (if needed) as well as PART of the cash to another purse that has only these items in it. This is to minimize damage if it gets lost or stolen.
– I never put the whole amount of cash in my purse but try to have small amounts in my purse, trouser pocket, camera bag, etc therefore if I lose or someone steals my bag or backpack they will not have the full amount of my money available.
– If you are at a convention for several days and you got a huge amount of money with you: leave it at the hotel room (in the safe or whatever) and only take small amounts to the convention.
– Do a calculation! I usually calculate money based on convention days.
As I went to looooooooooooots of conventions in the past I have a certain fixed amount/day I use for some years by now = 50 EUR/convention day.
IF I see something I really want to buy on my first day I usually wait until the 2nd or last day to buy it (if it’s still available) – usually dealers agree to bargains on last days of conventions to minimize their weight of packing to bring back home 😉
– Always take food and drinks with you. It is way cheaper then buying them at a convention.
– Tissues are handy in case the toilet paper at the toilets ran out or the toilets look disgusting or if you were too stupid to open your drink without spreading its contents over yourself.
– Wear light clothes and shoes. You will walk alot. You will sweat alot. Take this into consideration and don’t choose your newest high heels.