Plant Container Sizes

Our plants are sold in containers designated by #1, #2, #3, and larger. But what do these numbers really mean?

#1, #2, #3, etc. are a standardized naming designation used to describe the containers that our plants are sold in. They are often referred to as 1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon, etc. but their actual volume can vary - somewhat like the common piece of lumber we refer to as a 2X4 is not actually 2 inches by 4 inches.

*Sizes are approximate

#1 container - 5 to 7” tall by 6.5 to 8” wide; 2.5qt to 1gal; 2.3L to 3.7L
You’ll find that this is a great size for covering a large area with a number of plants while maximizing your budget. And you’ll have the satisfaction of watching your beautiful plants grow, change and mature over the seasons. 

#2 container - 7.5 to 10” tall by 9 to 11” wide; 1.5gal to 2.25gal; 5.6L to 8.5L
Many of our plants are available in this versatile size. Being roughly double the size and volume of a plant grown in a #1 container, you will get a larger plant with more extensive root system, providing a more complete looking landscape sooner and at a lower cost than larger plants.  

#3 container - 7.5 to 10” tall by 10 to 12” wide; 2.25gal to 3gal; 8.5L to 11.4L
The largest size we currently offer online, this container size features more mature plants with well-developed root systems. Typically #3 shrubs are going to give your landscape an established, balanced and attractive look much sooner than plants in the smaller containers. Just remember that even though they are larger, they might not be their mature size. Allow space for them to grow to their mature height and width. 

Variables in Plant Sizes

While container size will always be consistent within a specific range, plants may vary in size based on the type of plant, the season, the weather, and the natural growth pattern of the plant. Please remember that plants are living things and are always growing.  Based on the time of year and their state of shearing and pruning, the same plant growing in the same size container may vary in size somewhat. For example, one variety of rose may be a vigorous grower while another may not, so while they may be the same age they will be different sizes, with varying degrees of root development, in the same size containers. 

*Please remember all container and plant sizes are approximate and vary by plant variety, branding, and size purchased.