Strawberry Plants Per Acre

strawberry plants per acreFor anyone seriously considering starting a commercial strawberry farm, cost calculations are critical.  Most strawberry farms fail due to the farmer’s lack of economic knowledge, not their lack of farming knowledge.  One of the basic questions that must be answered when considering the numbers is how many strawberry plants per acre should be planted.

Generally, a new strawberry farm should start small.  Calculating the number of strawberry plants per acre is much easier and less risky when the farmer doesn’t jump in with both boots.  The first planting for a newbie berry farmer should be around 1/2 acre to 1 acre of planted strawberries.  This allows the budding strawberry business to grow as the farmer learns (without suffering a bankrupting loss if the learning is through the school of hard knocks).

Regardless, this chart will help satisfy the curious or give the prospective commercial grower a place to start:

Strawberry Plants Per Acre

The tried and true system for perennial commercial matted row strawberry production encourages rows spaced 4 feet apart with strawberry plants planted 24 inches (2 feet) apart in the rows.  This system will require a little less than 5,500 strawberry plants per acre to be planted.  There are, however, other spacings and systems that can be used.  For handy reference, see the table below.

Table of Strawberry Plants Per Acre Based on Spacing

Row SpacingPlant Spacing within RowsStrawberry Plants Per Acre

6 comments to Strawberry Plants Per Acre

  • Mr. Strawberry

    V Anne Woodland,
    No, it isn’t a fool’s errand; you can do it! I’d recommend that you start here. Good luck!

  • V Anne Woodland

    I am interested in trying to cultivate some Japanese strawberries…(Amaou) However, they will be growing in large plastic containers (30 gallon, black plastic) in the mid-Atlantic region of the US. Is this a fools errand? I need some cultivation, recommended soil, fertilizer, indoor/outdoor growing tips.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    dustin fuller,
    All of the suppliers of which I am aware can be found on this page. Good luck!

  • dustin fuller

    Hello me and my wife are looking to plant 5 acres for you pick and have had a hard time finding BENTON STRAWBERRIES, if you know of any nurseries that have them in bulk, I’d appreciate the information, thank you.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Paul Roberts,
    You are welcome! I’m glad it helped. Good luck!

  • Paul Roberts

    thank you for posting the graph / table, which shows strawberries per acre.

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