Animal Crossing New Horizons: Flower Breeding and Hybrid Flowers Guide

A player in front of Nooks Cranny with hybrid flowers, including pink tulips, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the latest instalment in the series, and the first to come to Nintendo Switch. Both veterans and newcomers have been enjoying the simple things that island life has to offer as they turn their land into a dreamy paradise. One of many things that players can engage with is flower breeding; this results in various hybrid flowers that will brighten up any island!

In this guide, we've explained how to breed flowers and what hybrid flowers you can grow.

Read More: Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Craft A Watering Can

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How to Breed Flowers

A player in the middle of some flower breeding patches in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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First and foremost, there are eight types of flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for you to plant and breed. They are Cosmos, Pansies, Lilies, Hyacinths, Mums, Windflowers, Tulips, and Roses. Your island will naturally have one type of native flower, but you can buy the seeds for other species and colours from Nooks Cranny.

You can also find new types of flowers on Mystery Islands, which you can dig up and pocket to take home with you to your island! That is, unless, you have a friend on New Horizons who is kind enough to help you with acquiring all the different flower species and colour variations.

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To begin flower breeding, you should plant your flowers in diagonal patterns with spaces between them all - this is pictured above for reference. You will need to then water your flowers every day in order for them to begin breeding new flowers. If you want to achieve specific new colours of flower, then it's important to plant the original flowers in a specific order.

For example, to breed pink flowers, you will want to have red and white flowers nearby to each other. Red and yellow flowers will spawn orange ones, while pairing red with red will spawn black flowers. For blue flowers, you will need to pair white flowers together.

Another handy tip is that inviting friends to your island and asking them to water your flowers for you can increase your chances of them breeding to create hybrids! Watering flowers yourself increases the chance of new flowers by 5%, but having your friend's water them increases production by the following amounts:

1 Visitor 25%
2 Visitors35%
3 Visitors50%
4 Visitors 65%
5+ Visitors80%

What Hybrid Flowers Can You Get

A player and villager watering normal flowers and hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Now that you know how to go about breeding flowers on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you probably want to know exactly which hybrid flowers you can get! Below, we have added a table of all the different hybrid flowers available within each species. 'Yes' means that that type of flower can be breeded in that colour, while 'No' means it cannot be breeded in that specific colour.

Flower Species Pink Purple Blue Green Orange Black Gold
MumsYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
CosmosYesNoNoNoYesYesNo
LiliesYesNoNoNoYesYesNo
HyacinthsYesYesYesNoYesNoNo
RosesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
WindflowersYesYesYesNoYesNoNo
TulipsYesYesNoNoYesYesNo
PansiesNoYesYesNoYesNoNo

That's all you need to be aware of when trying to breed your flowers and grow hybrids in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Before you know it, your island will be blooming with colourful, rare flowers!

As you patiently wait for your flowers to grow, you should take a look at how to earn lots of bells from the turnip market too. With an island full of flowers and a pocket full of bells, your island will be perfect in no time.

This article was updated on 2nd November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor. Contributions from Nick Farrell.