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Pot Size Conversion

Today was one of those days I wish there was something “standardized” about pot sizes. One catalog uses one set of measurements, another catalog uses something else. Stores use inches, nurseries use gallons. Ahhhh.

Trying to figure out pot sizes is often quite a headache. You’ve got some in inches, some in gallons, and yes, even some in fluid ounces; the later we’re still trying to figure out. They do make this confusing, don’t they? There’s a theory going around that this purposely confusing system is a way for the mass market industry to charge more for plants, by container size, not necessarily Plant Size!

So let’s try and break down these various sizes and measurements and set some general “accepted standards” for pot sizes. Please remember these are rough estimates and not a science. Some of the larger sizes especially are prone to variances in height, width, and depth of the pot. We’ve also attached a photograph that we hope will help allow you to visualize the differences.

Today was one of those days I wish there was something ‘standardized’ about pot sizes. One catalog uses one set of measurements, another catalog uses something else. Stores use inches,…

Container Sizes

Pennsylvania state regulations require us to use the word “container” to describe our pots vs. the traditional use of “gallon” as this term is not a true measure of volume. The chart provides the technical specifications for our containers, but essentially for our customers “container” = “gallon.”

Container Size Gallon Size Diameter Height Cubic Inches Metric Vol. US Vol.
Container Seedling / SP5 2 quart 2 7/8” square 9” deep 58.6 cu. in. 0.95 liters 0.251 gallon
#1 container #1 gallon 6 1/2” 7“ 173 cu. in 2.84 liters 0.734 gallon
#2 container #2 gallon 8 3/4” 8 ½” 370 cu. in. 6.31 liters 1.66 gallon
#3 container #3 gallon 11” 9 5/8” 693 cu. in. 11.35 liters 3.00 gallon
#5 container #5 gallon 10 3/4” 11” 887.73 cu. in. 14.55 liters 3.843 gallon
#7 container #7 gallon 14” 11 ½” 1,405.64 cu. in. 23.03 liters 6.085 gallon

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