How to make hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Our flower breeding guide will help you understand how to produce hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and teach you all the color combinations.

The flowers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons are beautiful decorations, but as the game will let you know early on, it’s possible to grow special hybrid flowers that are worth extra bells and allow you to have even fancier colors. If you want to know more, this guide will explain how to make hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and teach you all of the color combinations that we know of so far.

How to make hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to make hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
A yellow rose in the center of red rose sprouts to produce hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
© Nintendo

You can make hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with some smart planting. In the simplest terms, you need to plant two flowers with a single space open between them. For most players, this means planting flowers in an X formation (as shown above) is the most efficient. However, there are some rules to be aware of:

  • Hybrid flowers require a single empty space between the two colors you want to combine
  • You can only create Hybrid flowers from the same species (e.g. Lily + Lily, or Rose + Rose)
  • Each flower type has its own cross-pollination color combos
  • You must water the flowers each day

Put simply, plant your flowers in an X formation with the color combos you’re after, then remember to water them every day. It won’t happen immediately, but eventually they’ll cross-pollinate to produce new flower colors for you. You can then feel free to relocate these flowers wherever you want. Check out the video below by MonkeyKingHero if you're having trouble with the explanation at all:

Once you know the initial setup, you can mostly use logic to deduce the outcomes. For example, planting red and white roses with gaps between them will result in pink roses. Not all the flower breeding combos in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are quite so obvious though, so we’ve listed the different hybrid flower color combinations below to make things easier. Want to expand further? Produce longer diagonal lines of flowers, leaving gaps inbetween the colors you want to cross-pollinate.

It's worth noting at the end here that you don't need to plant the flowers with a gap between them. You can plant two colors touching each other and they'll spawn a hybrid flower type to the side sometimes. This format just allows for easy production of lots of hybrid colors.

Hybrid flower color combinations

The color combination depend on the flower species you plant, so we’ve split our list by flowers below. There are also some hybrid flowers that look identical to the original flower, but produce special results when cross-pollinated. Keeping track of which flower is which is key! We don’t have all the color combinations yet, but we’re updating our list as we discover them.

Hybrid flower color combinations animal crossing new horizons
Flowers can only form color combination hybrids with their own species. 
© Nintendo

Carnations

  • Red + White: Pink

Cosmoses

  • Red + White: Pink
  • Red + Yellow: Orange
  • Orange + Orange: Black

Hyacinths

  • Red + White: Pink
  • Red + Yellow: Orange
  • White + White: Blue
  • Orange + Orange: Purple

Lilies

  • Red + Red: Black
  • Red + White: Pink
  • Red + Yellow: Orange

Mums

  • Red + White: Pink
  • White + White: Purple
  • Purple + Purple: Yellow

Pansies

  • Red + Yellow: Orange (red and yellow rings)
  • White + White: Blue (white and blue rings)
  • Red + Blue: Hybrid Red
  • Orange + Blue: Hybrid Orange
  • Hybrid Red + Hybrid Red, or Hybrid Orange + Hybrid Orange: Purple

Tulips

  • Red + Red: Black
  • Red + White: Pink
  • Red + Yellow: Orange
  • Orange + Orange: Purple

Roses

  • Red + Red: Black
  • Red + White: Pink
  • Red + Yellow: Orange
  • White + White: Purple
  • Orange + Purple: Hybrid Red
  • Hybrid Red + Hybrid Red: Blue
  • Black + Black: Gold (any black rose has a low chance to produce a gold rose when watered. This is increased with the golden watering can)

Windflowers

  • Red + White: Pink
  • White + White: Blue
  • Blue + Blue: Purple

Violets

  • Purple + White: Blue

You can see some of these combinations in easily digestible form thanks to Reddit user karasophe who produced the following image:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Hybrid Flower Color combinations
 
© Reddit user karasophe

Those are all the hybrid flower color combinations we know so far, but if you have any extras then please do share them in the comments below! We’ll do our best to update this list with a more comprehensive catalogue in future.

More AC: NH guides:

That's everything we know so far about hybrid flowers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and the color combinations you need to make them. You can click here to visit our Animal Crossing: New Horizons game hub for more tips and tricks to help your village.

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