Most plants available at Art's Nursery are sold in pots. These pots may vary in size, style, colour and shape. The size of potted plants is loosely measured in by width, soil volume and plant quality.
Plants often found in these sizes are annuals, perennials, grasses, groundcovers and other smaller plants.
The width of the pot is a common way to describe smaller pot sizes. For example:
Pots are also described by their capacity or soil volume. This method is often used for mid to large sized plants like larger perennials, roses, shrubs and trees. In the past, pot sizes were typically described as:
Generally speaking. the larger the number, the larger the pot, and usually, the larger the plant.
- 1g or 1 Gallon
- 2g or 2 Gallon
- 3g or 3 Gallon
- 5g or 5 Gallon
Over time, many different pot manufacturers have sprung up, causing much confusion in the industry about a pots real capacity. In fact, in the United States, government regulations were passed several years ago that mandated growers to put the actual soil capacity of their pots on their labels. Unfortunately, no such law is available in Canada.
Today, most pots are not actually capable of holding the stated capacity of soil, but the convention has remained for sake of convenience.
Many nurseries and growers now call them #1, #2, #3 and so on, but they are usually referring to the same approximate pot size.
As with most things in life, not all things are created equally. As their are many different growers of plants, the variation in plant size within a given pot can be extreme. For example, one grower may ship a plant in a #1 pot size that may be just a few bare twigs, while another may ship the same plant, in the same pot, but it could be big, beautiful and lush.
To account for these discrepancies in plant size, we classify plants by include grading information along with the size. For example:
- P - Premium Grade
- G - Regular Grade
- L - Light / Landscape Grade
For example, a plant may be #2P (#2 pot size, premium) or #3L (#3 pot size, landscape grade).
You can typically expect Premium grade plants to be healthy and big for their pot size, but usually at a slightly higher cost. This quality difference may be due to better growing conditions, better plant care, or just simply more time in the pot before being sold. Inversely, Light or Landscape grade plants may be smaller, not perfectly grown and possibly mediocre in quality, but typically cost less.
It is this grading that makes it very difficult to price compare plants. Bottom line, if price is a concern, you really need to see what you are getting for the price being charged. At Art's we strive to offer the biggest, healthiest plants from the best quality growers in our area, or from other sources at the best possible price.