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    Default Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

    Hi all

    I've got around 30 strawberry plants which I grew last year. I bought them as plugs around a year ago and have since been growing them in pots. However, I am hoping to plant them all out into a bed today...

    I've been reading up about spacing. Most sites recommend around 30 - 45 cm (12 - 18 inches) between plants, and anything from 60 - 120 cm (2 - 4 foot) between rows.

    My question is whether the row spacing is essential? I'd prefer not to grow in rows and just have the bed filled with the plants, with the odd "stepping stone" to reach the ones at the back. Are the row spacing recommendations there for ease of cultivation and care, or for the health of the plants? Is it possible to just fill the bed with plants all 30 - 45 cm apart and not worry at all about rows?

    Any advice most appreciated. And I hope everyone is enjoying the sun

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    Yes - the spacing around the plant is important... not the orientation.
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    The spacing are better for the plants, they can get quite big. Rows will make cultivation and picking easier. Random planting will result in a huge jumble.
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    Thanks for the quick replies.

    I guess I am still thinking to plant in rows, but with less of a row gap if possible (and if not detrimental to the plants). So if I went for plants 30 cm apart, in rows 40 - 45 cm apart, and the odd stepping stone in place of a plant so that I can reach all areas, would that work? Or would they be too crowded?

    Thanks again

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    Sorry, reading back it is a bit unclear what I wrote it in the OP, and even the title. What I was really getting at was whether the large row spacings are necessary, or whether it is possible to do - say - 30cm between plants and 40-45cm between rows (rather than 3 to 4 foot between rows as some seem to suggest).

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    That should be OK.
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    I think another thing to consider Max is that you have enough room between the plants to bury the runners...........
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    I plant mine in double rows, spacing maybe 20-25cm between them and only enough room to walk down between double rows. Many plants can be grown closer together than recommend but the yields per plant may be lower, plants can grow into each other and reduced air circulation can increase the risk of disease. As long as your prepared to take the negatives it's up to you if you decide to plant closer together.

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