So you want to have an ideal garden, or an ideal orchard, where all of the plants are lined up in perfect rows. The thing is, though... How many plants exactly do you need? With the plant spacing calculator, you will be able to answer this question in a few seconds - regardless of whether you want a rectangular grid or a triangular spacing, you will be able to calculate the amount of plants you can fit in no time at all. Make sure to take a look at the mulch calculator, too.
Rectangular vs triangular spacing
A rectangular grid of plants is fairly simple to understand: you divide the area into squares of equal side length, and put one plant in each corner. On the other hand, if you want triangular spacing, you need to create a lattice of equilateral triangles (they all have sides of the same length, and all internal angles are equal to 60 degrees), and place a plant again in each corner.
How to use the plant calculator
- Determine the width and length of the area you want to cover with plants. We will assume an orchard with a length of 320 m and a width 240 m.
- Decide on the spacing between the plants. Note that this is the spacing between the centers of the plants, so, if you plan for your trees to grow, leave some extra space for it! We will assume spacing of 3.5 m.
- The plant spacing calculator will tell you how many plants you need in a rectangular and a triangular grid - here, 6,348 for a rectangular grid and 7,360 for triangular spacing.
- Now simply choose one of these options and start planting! :)
- Notice that you can also use the plant spacing calculator to find the spacing. For example, let's assume you want to plant around 3,000 trees in a rectangular grid of the same area. According to our calculator, you need a spacing of 5.08 m if you want the grid to be regular.