How Far Apart to Plant Strawberries for Big Juicy Berries

So you’ve got your transplants or bareroot plants ready to go in the ground, and you’re wondering how far apart to plant strawberries for the biggest, juiciest berries.

The answer will depend on the type of strawberry you’re growing (day-neutral, everbearing, or Junebearing) and what you hope to put into (and get out of) your garden.

I’ll share a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of your strawberry crop by spacing and planting them more efficiently for your particular needs.

If you want to get your strawberry patch going right away, spacing your strawberry plants at a minimum of 8 inches apart will fill in your garden bed quicker. Square-foot gardeners can plant one strawberry plant per square, so that the plants are 12 inches apart.

Plant strawberries close together for bigger harvests

When you plant strawberries farther apart, you plant them across the entire future strawberry bed, leaving upwards of 2 to 3 feet of space between plants.

Plant strawberries far apart if you’re on a budget

if you like a more orderly garden, strawberries are typically planted using one of three planting methods: the hill system, matted-row system, or spaced row system.

With the hill system, plants are set 12 to 15 inches apart in a bed consisting of 3 rows, each of which are also spaced 12 to 15 inches apart. Any runners are cut off as soon as they form.

Hill system

In this method, plants are set in a row about 18 inches apart, with rows spaced at least 3 feet apart. As the plants grow, they produce runners freely and form new baby plants.

Matted row system

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