For growers here on the West Coast, there are black plastic containers that most of us use on our plants. Surprisingly, there are differences between the pots used on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S. Here we refer to most containers by “gallon size” On the East Coast pots are referred to by “diameter in inches”. So, back East you might find a plant in a “14 inch pot”. Here is might be called a “15 gallon pot”. If you visit our price and availability catalog, plants are shown by their pot size. I’m hoping that this Blog post this morning will help clarify what individual pots look like.
|PHOTO EMPTY CONTAINER
|PHOTO OF PLANTS IN
|BAND SIZE CONTAINER
This pot is 3 x 3 x 9 inches, square in shape. It is used for seedling plants. For most growers, it has replaced the one gallon pot. It is a bit deeper and easier to place in carrying trays. It also conserves space on benches because these can be placed close together. You can get a pretty nice plant in a band container, sometimes up to 30 inches tall.
|ONE GALLON POT
This is a very common pot used, especially by flower growers and those producing small shrubs. It’s a typical first step after germinating a seedling. We prefer using the band containers above as they conserve table and bench space more efficiently and are deeper. Diameter of this pot is six inches but it’s only about seven inches deep.
|TWO GALLON POT
This pot is 7 to 8 inches wide and about 8 inches deep. It is a nice size to move a band plant into. But, it is not particularly deep, so you have to make sure the roots fit into the container. This pot will produce an average plant that is about 2 feet tall. We grow a lot of palms in these pots.
|FIVE GALLON POT
This pot is 10 inches wide and about 10 inches deep. It produces a plant that is one of the most common sized palms that we sell. It is popular because it’s not too heavy to lift and plants are typically three to five feet tall, depending on the species.
|SEVEN GALLON POT
We really like this container because it produces a good sized plant but isn’t as heavy to carry as a 15g. But, for some manufacturing reason, this pot costs twice as much as a 15g. Therefore, most growers aren’t buying this sized pot very much nowadays. It is 12 inches wide, and about 12 inches deep.
|FIFTEEN GALLON POT
This is the most popular sized purchased by people who want a landscape or near-landscape ready size of plant. This container typically supports a palm from four to eight feet size. Weight of this size of container with soil and plant is usually sixty to ninety pounds. It’s size is 15 to 16 inches wide and 16 inches deep. Note how this size pot usually has a nice carrying lip at the top of the pot.
|TWENTY/TWENTY-FIVE GALLON POTS
This is the next size up from a 15g. These pots are typically about 18 to 20 inches wide and 16 to 18 inches deep. They weight anywhere from 125 to 150 pounds with their soil. They can produce a plant larger than the 15g, typically 8 to 10 feet. They usually have a flat lip on the top as shown. The pot shown here is actually a 25g pot. 20 g are a bit smaller.
|24 INCH BOX CONTAINER
This box is 24 inches wide, square in shape and about 22 to 24 inches deep. The weight of this container depends on the mix, but is anywhere from 175 to 300 pounds (this heavier weight is if one is using a very heavy soil). It takes two men to lift one of these. We prefer plastic boxes as shown here, but they are much more expensive than wooden box. They last a very long time.
|ALL POT SIZES IN A ROW
This pot shows all the sizes lined up in a row. In order, left to right are: band size
24 inch box
SIZES WE USE NOT SHOWN HERE
Deep band containers
Note: Larger pots/boxes can get very heavy and are too heavy to mail order by usual means – independent trucker needed for these.
Pots sizes lined up in a row – see text to left