June bearing strawberries grow best when planted 18 inches apart in rows spaced 4 feet apart. The runners that form from these plants will root freely, creating a mat that is 2 feet wide at maturity with everbearing and day-neutral varieties typically requiring only one or two mats per bed, depending on their genetic makeup.
Planting Strawberries Close Together
If you want to get the most delicious strawberries, then space them about 8-12 inches apart. This will allow for ample nutrients and sunlight while minimizing competition with weeds that could give your berry crops a bad name.
However, it may be best to let Square Foot Gardeners do their thing when planting new patches as they’ll know what works best in terms of spacing depending on how many square feet are being grown – say one plant per square footer which means 16″ between plants at minimum.
A close array can also mean easier spreading diseases like powdery mildew since there’s little room left over once all those sweet berries start swelling.
Planting Strawberries Far Apart
The most economical way to grow a big strawberry patch is by planting it far apart. Most strawberries propagate themselves without any help from gardeners. This means you won’t have as many plants in your future harvest because each one will multiply abundantly for years. Instead of placing them all on top of each other, space them carefully over the entire ground area, so there’s not too much bare dirt.
How Far Apart To Plant Strawberries To Grow The Biggest
Growing strawberries close together is a challenge. They compete for nutrients and sunlight, which means that you only get big juicy berries if other plants don’t grow too rampant in your garden or they are kept away.
It takes more work but maybe worth it to have an excellent harvest of fabulous fruit instead of small numbers every year from individual plants that never seem quite as perfect when tasting them straight off the vine.
To reduce competition and maximize sunlight, plant each strawberry plant a few inches apart from the others on a little hill of soil. The size can vary depending upon what you are growing it for, but 1-2 feet across works well.
A common way to reduce competition in strawberry plants is by removing weeds and runners. To do this, we can either prune the mother plant’s stem or pinch off flower shoots as they grow so that their energy goes into bigger berries.
Mother strawberry plants usually send out runners or shoots that grow independently and move further from the mother plant. The root system of a runner will form roots in just about every direction so it can find good soil for its new life.
If you’re planning on planting strawberries, pay attention to the tips mentioned above for spacing and type. The best way to know how far apart is the proper distance will depend mainly on what kind of strawberry plants you grow in your garden.
For example, suppose you want day-neutral varieties like Albion or Jewel (which bear fruit throughout the summer). In that case, one mat per bed should be sufficient because they produce runners that root freely, creating a 2-foot wide mat at maturity.
However, with everbearing strawberries such as Allstar or Seascape, which typically only bear berries over just part of the season, it’s essential to plant 18″ apart in rows 4 feet apart so that there are plenty of gaps between each plant which will allow them enough room.