After Berries are picked from a plant, the soil becomes loamy again. If Berries go unpicked, they will fall and replant themselves in the soft soil. However, they will only replant themselves a number of times before disappearing altogether, and the Berry originally planted will be completely lost. Players are unable to walk on these tiles.
In Generation IV and VI, Mulch can be used to control the way Berry plants can grow. Depending on the type of Mulch used, it can increase the yield or growth speed, or decrease the rate at which the soil dries out.
In the Pokémon Dream World—an online service which has since closed—players could plant Berries in their garden. Due to the lack of soft soil in Unova, this is the only way to grow Berries in the Generation V games.
Two rows are available from the beginning for players to plant their Berries in, with each row containing spaces for three Berries. Diglett will dig additional rows when the player obtains a certain number of Dream Points. Players could have up to a maximum of ten rows.
In Pokémon X and Y, there are Berry fields off Route 7, where there are six rows of six spaces of soft soil for planting Berries. Mulch is also re-introduced, and can be created in composters in the fields. This is the only soft soil in the Kalos region.
Surrounding the Abundant Shrine are mounds of soil, but Berries cannot be planted in these. Similarly to regular soft soil, the soil in the Abundant Shrine cannot be walked on. In Pokémon White and White 2, similar soil exists in Mistralton City near the runway.