How Many Strawberries Do Strawberry Plants Produce?

strawberry productionGardeners often want to know how many strawberry plants they will need to buy (Buy Strawberry Plants) and plant in order to achieve their desired strawberry harvest.  Of course, there are quite a few variables involved with Growing Strawberries, and each Strawberry Variety is slightly different.  However, if conditions are appropriate, soil and water requirements are adequately met, and weed, pests, and pathogens are effectively controlled, a fairly reliable harvest can be expected.

The three types of strawberry plants each produce different expected amounts of fruit.  The following is a brief reference so that the anticipated harvest can be put to good use when it comes in.  Be sure to plant enough plants to reap the rewards you seek!

Strawberry Production Per Plant

Each strawberry plant will produce a slightly varied weight of mature, ripe strawberries.  Thousands of variables affect the production of each strawberry plant.  The following is the normal expected strawberry production in pounds per foot of planted row.  So, if you had two rows of strawberry plants that were 5 feet long each, the numbers below would be multiplied by 10 to get the total expected strawberry production for that strawberry patch.

June Bearing Strawberry Production

In the matted row system or the ribbon row system, the expected harvest should be between .5 and 1 pounds of strawberries per foot of row for June-bearing varieties during both the second and third years of life.

Everbearing Strawberry Production

In the matted row system or the ribbon row system, the expected harvest should be between .25 and .5 pounds of strawberries per foot of row for everbearing varieties during both the second and third years of life.

Day-Neutral Strawberry Production

In the matted row system or the ribbon row system, the expected harvest should be between .25 and .75 pounds of strawberries per foot of row for everbearing varieties during the first year of life.  The expected harvest increases to between .5 and 1.5 pounds per foot of row for years 2 and 3.

Strawberry Production: Conclusion

If you are looking for larger-scale data for commercial production, see this post on strawberry plants per acre.  And, remember that you can never have too many strawberries!  Also remember the mantra regarding how much to plant: When in doubt, plant more out!

If you want to know smaller specifics (i.e. what quantity of strawberries an individual plant will produce, how many strawberry plants are needed to feed a family, and what number of plants are best for harvesting enough to freeze), just click here.

15 comments to How Many Strawberries Do Strawberry Plants Produce?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Melody,
    Yes, strawberry plants tend to increase their production each year between years 1 and 3 or 4. In year 4 or 5, production will normally abate rather quickly as the plants lose their vigor. Good luck!

  • Melody

    I am growing strawberries in a very moderate year-round climate (no winter season). They appear to be almost continually producing for the last two years. Does the yield of a strawberry plant usually increase each year? Will it stop producing after a certain number of years? Thanks!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Gerelee,
    Unfortunately, strawberry plants don’t do well in very hot weather. I’d probably recommend trying to grow something else. Sorry!

  • Gerelee

    I live in Mongolia where it is hot in summer and very cold in the winter. Do you have any experience or advice to plant strawberry in harsh climate area and what sort of strawberry seed should we plant in Mongolia? Thank you so much.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Michael,
    You can harvest anytime you have ripe berries! If your Seascape plants are producing, harvest and enjoy. Good luck!

  • Michael

    How many times a year can you harvest the seascape variety. I heard they regenerate once a week. So I’d be able to pick once a week.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    charles mutuma,
    It allows the flowers to develop fully and establish good root systems prior to the added burden of growing berries. It is sort of like why you wouldn’t want a 12-year-old to get pregnant. She might be able to carry a baby, but a 22-year-old’s body will be much more able to handle the added burden because she would be fully developed by then. Hope that helps! Good luck!

  • charles mutuma

    why is it recommended to deflower berries during the firt season?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Pauline,
    Yes, with proper citation. If you write on a website, please include a link back to the referenced material/pages. Good luck!

  • Pauline

    I am writing a book about strawberries. I happened accross your webpage and found it very interesting, containing such wonderful information.

    Would it be possible to use some of your content?

    Thank you,

  • Shaunlee

    Well depending on the variety of strawberry you are growing can depend on the number of strawberries the plants will produce. I grow Elsanta strawberries because i get around 20 strawberries per year from each and at least 6 runners coming off of each plant. Strongly recommend that you should grow Elsanta. These plants have a great crop yield per annum

  • Mr. Strawberry

    bill solomon,
    Yes, some species of strawberries can be said to be distinctly male or female based on the structure of their flowers. Distinctly gendered plants will have only a pistil or a stamen, with the plants that are considered “male” bearing the stamens and the plants considered “female” bearing the pistils. The gendered strawberry varieties will require cross-pollination by a pollinating insect or human between multiple plants in order to produce strawberries. Most of the common garden strawberries, however, are hermaphroditic (meaning they have both the pistils and stamens in their flowers). But, they actually usually function as either male or female and will still require a pollinator (such as a bee). So, if your plant is a typical store-bought variety, the chances are good that it is a hermaphroditic strawberry hybrid. If it is a June-bearing variety, the flowers should be removed in the first year anyway (see the Growing Strawberries reference page). Check the information on that page, and you should be on your way to success. Good luck!

  • bill solomon

    Is there a difference between male and female plants or do some plants not fruit the first year?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    melissa,

    Most strawberries will produce relatively quickly. However, June-bearing strawberry plants should have their flowers removed during the first year to ensure better yields in subsequent years. Everbearers and day-neutrals will produce in year one.

  • melissa jones

    Are there varieties of strawberries that don’t produce anything the first year?

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