Ttzara, on 09 July 2012 - 02:57 AM, said:
You still gotta go to the nether, find a fortress and get the netherwart... plus its ann annoyance when you have to stay on the nether doing nothing wile it grows... And if you do it, youll probably do it on the safety of your nether wart farm, its probably not going to be "unsafe" right?
Having built Netherwart farms, the time it takes to wait for the stuff to grow is rather minor and mainly an issue with trying to get the first few growing. Yes, waiting for one plant to grow (any plant for that matter) takes the patience of Job if you aren't doing anything else. Try waiting for a tree to grow on a survival island map if you only have one sapling and no other tree or tools.
There are plenty of things to do in the Nether including building a zombie pigman trap/grinder or building up a base of operations where you can occasionally check back with the Netherwart if it is fully grown. Once you get a fairly "large" farm (I built one with four stacks of soul sand) I was harvesting Netherwart as fast as I could plant it and had all of the Netherwart for all of the potions I could ever dream about making. I've had wheat farms that were larger. I started with just one piece of Netherwart to grow that farm too. Simply excavating a spot in the Netherrack (since I built the farm inside a blob of Netherrack rather than on top) was enough time to have the Netherwart grow so it could be harvested and replanted.