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.

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5 comments to How Many Strawberries Do Strawberry Plants Produce?

  • 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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