How far apart should plants be set when planting strawberries?

Gardens & Landscapes September 03, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
When planting, make sure to cover the roots and only half of the crown with soil. Make a trench deep enough to set the roots vertically. Do not bend roots horizontally. June-bearing plants are spaced 12 to 24 inches apart. On close-spaced plants, spread is controlled by removing unwanted runners during the first season. In August, rows should be 18 to 24 inches wide with plants 6 to 8 inches apart in the row. Generally rows are 36 to 40 inches apart. For day-neutral strawberries (also called everbearing strawberries), plants are set 8 to 12 inches apart in the row with 30 to 36 inches between rows. Remove runners throughout the first season and remove flowers for the first 6 weeks after planting. In either case, mulch the planting with 3 to 4 inches of straw or wood chips to conserve moisture and prevent heaving of plants during the winter.

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