When using the hill system, plants are close together and runners are pruned off. Plantings are usually made in double or triple rows. Plants spaced 12 - 18 inches apart, with a 20 - 24 inch alley between rows. No daughter plants are allowed to develop, and fruit production is entirely dependent upon the yield of the mother plants. Individual plants, however, can become quite large and bear more than those in the matted-row system.
The matted-row and hill systems are both temporary, with the plants being plowed under after 2 - 3 years production is finished. The spaced-row method, however, can be used indefinitely as new plants are always being formed.
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