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Common pot sizes used in nursery

You might be confused about what it all means as a greener: What is #1 pot size, #2, #3, and so on? Read on to see the answer so you can take some of the guesswork out of your selections.

Nursery containers come in a number of sizes. In most cases, the pot sizes used in nurseries are determined by the particular plant and its current size. For instance, most shrubs and trees are sold in 1-gallon (4 L) pots—otherwise known as a #1 pot size. The # symbol is used to reference each class number size. Generally, he larger the # is, the larger the pot and, thus, the larger the plant will be. These container sizes range from #1, #2, #3 and #5 to #7, #10, #15 on up to #20 or higher.

What is #1 Pot Size? The gallon (4 L.) nursery containers, or #1 pots, are the most widely used nursery pot sizes in the industry. Although they normally only hold 3 quarts (3 L) of soil (using liquid measure), they are still regarded as 1-gallon (4 L.) pots. A range of flowers, shrubs, and trees can be found in this pot size. As the plants grow or mature, nursery growers may step up the plant to another larger size pot. For example, a #1 shrub may be stepped up to a #3 pot.

Some interesting and useful application of nursery pots

Basically speaking, nursery is a place where seedlings, saplings, cuttings, etc. are raised and multiplied under favourable conditions for transplanting in prepared beds. In this occasion, nursery pots are necessary tools. Interestingly, nursery pots can be used in different occasions.

Pot-in-pot nursery

“Pot-in-pot describes a nursery production system that uses containers (production pots) placed inside permanent in-ground containers (socket pots). Pot-in-pot is used for the production of caliper-sized shade trees, flowering trees, and large shrubs. ”

Since the pot is placed in a socket in the ground, the environment where the plant grows in is much easier to control: fertilizer and watering can be given more accurately. The plant won’t be blown over in strong winds, and harvesting your crop is as easy as lifting the pot out of the socket, saving your plants roots. Pot-in-pot is used primarily by growers of large plants and trees (most commonly in #15 or #25 pots), but has been successfully used with pots as small as seven gallons.

Sunken container vegetable garden

The sunken containers are similar to raised beds, which helps control root growth. Burying pots in the ground can be an attractive way to add plants to the garden, and it also helps to keep plants from spreading and insulates plants well, so they need less water and stay warmer. If you are interested in how to build a sunken container garden by yourself, see our article by click here.

Combine nursery pots with decorative planters

Some plant growers prefer to keep their plants potted in the nursery grow pots within decorative planters for months, as long as the plant still has room to grow. Here are some reasons:

  • Nursery pots have drainage holes so you don’t have to be mindful when you water
  • Nursery pots enables you to use decorative planters that don’t have drainage holes. Take the decorative planter as a saucer, catching excess water that drains out
  • Easily move the plant from one decorative pot to another when refreshing your decor

Choose Shengerda as your supplier

Founded in 1989, our factory is experienced in manufacturing plastic flowerpots and provides medium-to-high-grade flower planters of over a thousand models and various colors. The Shengerda or Leizisure nursery pot is an economical alternative to heavy duty containers that typically aren’t necessary. The bottom hole drainage allows for more efficient irrigation and helps to form a healthier root structure. It’s UV-protected so it won’t fade in the sun, and BPA free so it’s safe to grow in. The flexible material it used enables it durable and ideal for handling and transportation.

Let’s see a quality test below. See how the 2 gallon nursery pot perform in the free falling from the roof deck:)


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