Best Rimworld Hydroponics Layout

We all want to be cave dwellers in Rimworld. Besides the bug infestations, it’s a pretty sweet way to make sure your base is nearly impenetrable. However, unless your colony feasts on the endless waves of late-game raiders, you’re going to need to establish a source of food. Hydroponics is just the way to do that in Rimworld. The above picture shows the best hydroponics layout in Rimworld.

example hydroponics layout

Basics of Hydroponics

In order to get hydroponic basins in Rimworld, you first need to research Hydroponics at the research bench. You will also need sun lamps which can be built after researching electricity. Hydroponic basins and sun lamps are a great combination because it allows you to use these basins indoors. They grow food at a much faster rate, but they can only be used by a limited number of plants. These plants are potatoes, rice, strawberries, cotton, hops, smokeleaf, psychoid, and healroot. You also have to worry about power. The plants in the basins will wither and die very quickly if they become unpowered due to solar flares, breakdowns, or even conduit explosions.

It should be noted that the basins only provide soil fertility. This means you will need to provide all the other requirements for the plants to grow including temperature and light. Now with all that out of the way, let’s look at the best hydroponics layout you can possibly have in Rimworld.

The Layout

So as you can see from above, the optimal hydroponics setup has one sun lamp and exactly twenty-four (!) hydroponic basins. This layout has only 4 wasted spaces which can be filled with pillars if you are (and should be) building this indoors. If your setup will not have walls directly outside the sun lamps range, the ceiling will collapse and injure or kill your colonists. It also is aesthetically pleasing to some people to fill those dirt spots with pillars – but you do you.

The above layout will consume exactly 4580W during the day and only 1680W at night. You can power exactly one of these setups with 3 solar generators or 1 geothermal generator and 2 solar generators with some extra power leftover.

This setup gives you the least amount of wasted space and maximizes your energy usage. It is without a doubt the best hydroponics layout in Rimworld currently and will be until something else is added or they change the way hydroponics work.

If you’re looking for more Rimworld tips and tricks, check out our other posts on how to get components, ranged weapons, and melee weapons!

10 thoughts on “Best Rimworld Hydroponics Layout

  • September 4, 2019 at 7:17 am

    The pilars are not necessary if you circle the whole thing with walls, I personally prefer to put two firefoam poppers and a heater in the blank spaces. Also I like to connect everything to a single switch to kill the whole setup easily in case of a blight, it spreads super fast on hidroponics.

    • September 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Looks nothing like a swastikas also ww 2 was nearly 80 years ago get over it. America kill counter is a hundred times higher then anything hilter could have ever achieved. The United kingdom and Spain kill counter is also 100 times higher then Germany. It’s funny how the won’t let go of the past are the same people with 100 times more blood on their hands. Also I’m not Germany or a nazi. I’m a regular American stating an opinion mixed with real world historical facts and as an American I’m entitled to my opinion just like the next person. So get off the cross Mr. High horse.

      • September 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

        Even if your opinion is devoid of facts?

  • September 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Neeewb, the four empty slots are for one fire poper, one heater and 2 pieces of art to make the voluntary workers more happy.

  • September 5, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I can’t do it – the lack of pathing forcing colonists to morph through things drives my OCD crazy.

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