Waiting bed plants are often used for outdoor production. The first strawberries can be picked some eight weeks after planting. The size of the waiting bed plants matters: a larger waiting bed plant will produce more, but also smaller, fruits.
Fresh bare rooted plants, and sometimes frigo plants, are used to produce waiting bed plants. They are planted in the waiting beds in late July / early August to be lifted again in November/December. The plants are then graded into the classes heavy, medium or light. After this, the waiting bed plants are kept in refrigerated storage until the moment that the customer wants them to be delivered (usually in April or May).