Matted Rows

This is the way in which many commercial growers plant entire fields each spring for the following year's production.

Plants are set 18 - 42 inches apart, depending upon how many runners the particular variety of strawberry can be expected to make. Most of the runners are permitted to grow during the first season, with only the fruit buds being removed to strengthen the plants. A mat of strawberry plants forms as the growing season progresses.

After their time of bearing is complete, the entire field is plowed under and process begun again the following spring.

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