Gardeners often want to know how many strawberry plants they will need to buy 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.