Cultivating hybrid flowers on Animal Crossing New Horizons can be a fun but frustrating process. While some hybrids seem to sprout with little to no effort on your part others definitely require a little more know-how. There are multiple varieties of rose in the game, for example, but some are easier to coax out of the ground than others. We’ll walk you through how to get black roses, gold roses, and even blue roses.

How to grow the other tricky hybrid: blue roses:

Blue roses are difficult to cultivate because they’re bred from hybrids of hybrids or from Mystery Island flowers. While there are several combinations of hybrid parents that can spawn a blue rose, the most reliable is to breed two orange roses brought back from a Nook Miles tour to a mystery island with hybrid flowers. Yes, that is totally convoluted, but dataminers who hacked the game’s code say you have a 6.26  percent shot of breeding a blue rose if you are lucky enough to have orange roses from a mystery island.

That said, you need a great deal of luck in your favor to obtain these specific orange roses in the first place. For one, you need to land on the mystery island where hybrid flowers grow. There’s only one, and there’s a 3 percent chance of landing on it any time you take a Nook Miles Tour. And that’s not the only barrier.

Even if you do land on this rare island, you won’t have rose hybrids unless roses are your native flower. If that’s the case, your best bet for obtaining them is befriending someone who has harvested these rare orange roses and it feeling generous enough to let you come to their island and dig them up. 

And then, you have to breed red roses from those orange flowers and start a new grid with those second-generation roses. The offspring of those special red roses have a 50 percent chance of being blue. 

If that all seems like too much hassle, there are other ways to get a blue rose, they’re just less reliable. The first involves breeding pink and yellow roses to produce hybrid red roses. They look exactly the same as a red rose grown from seeds, but breeding two of these red roses has a chance of about 2 percent of producing a blue rose.

So unless you were lucky enough to end up with roses as your native flower, getting blue roses may be more difficult than the coveted gold rose!

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