Posted by Brent Wilson on 10/1/2017 to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
At Wilson Bros Gardens it is our goal to blow you away with a great selection of the most exciting new and old-favorite plants and trees that have demonstrated outstanding qualities and exceptional performance in landscapes and gardens.
Wilson Bros Gardens offers and ships high quality, container-grown, nursery and garden center plants that are ready upon arrival to plant and thrive in your landscape and gardens for years to come.
When talking about the "size of plants" Wilson Bros Gardens grows and offers there are actually two things to consider:
1. The Pot Size
PLEASE NOTE: Because there are so many various size nursery pots of varying diameters and heights, we don't base our plant prices on the pot size. Instead we base it on our costs to grow the plant and the size of the plant. We list the pot sizes on our plant pages so that you will have a general idea of what size nursery pot the plant is growing in. This can be helpful when determining the size to pre-dig a planting hole or the size container needed to accomodate the plant.
Wilson Bros Gardens offers many types of plants and trees that are grown in various size nursery pots with developed root systems growing in various types of soil media. We ship all of our plants in their pots.
Typical sizes of our container-grown plants and trees are as follows:
Full Pot Size Descriptions
*Sizes are approximates
1 Gallon Container: 6-7" pot diameter; ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
2 Gallon Container: 8.5-9" pot diameter; ranges from 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters,
3 Gallon Container: 9.5-10.5" pot diameter; ranges from 2.25-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
5 Gallon Container: 10.5-12" pot diameter; ranges from 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
7 Gallon Container: 13.5-14.5" pot diameter, ranges from 5.98-6.08 gallons or 22.86-23.03 liters
Quart Pot: 4.5-5" pot diameter
Pint Pot: 3-4" pot diameter
2. The Plant Size
While a pot size will always be consistent or within a specific range, the size of a specific type of plant can vary based on several factors.
Plants are a living thing and healthy ones are always growing. Based on the time of year, the age of a nursery crop, and scheduled maintenance pruning, the same plant growing in the same pot won't stay the same size for long.
For example, at any given time we might have three or even more crops of Orange Tea Olive plants all growing in the same size nursery container, such as a 3-gallon pot. One crop might have been planted January 1 of the previous year, another crop April 1 of the previous year, and yet another crop on August 1 of the previous year. So, if it is April in the current year we might be offering the January 1 planted crop from the previous year for sale in our online store. By June we may sell out of this crop and are offering the crop that was planted April of the previous year, and so on.
Crop scheduling may sound a bit confusing to anyone not familiar with it, but the point we're making is that the size of plants will vary based on the time of year they are purchased and the stage at which they are in the growing process. For example, let's say you purchased a 3 gallon size Orange Tea Olive from us in February and then in July you decided you wanted to purchase another one in the same 3 gallon size pot. The 3 gallon size Orange Tea Olive you purchased in February might be from the tail-end of a crop so was 42 inches tall at the time you received it. Or maybe we had recently performed a scheduled late winter maintenance pruning pruning so the plant was 36 inches tall. But the second plant you purchased in July could be from a newer and younger crop and might be 30 inches tall.
So you see, unlike purchasing a specific type of tire for your car, which will always be the same size, plants will vary in size based on the explanations provided above.
You can rest assured that when purchasing plants from Wilson Bros Gardens, though we can't always guarantee that the same plant purchased at different times of the year will be the exact same size, we do guarantee that you will receive healthy plants with a developed root system. This said, if you purchase several plants of the same variety in the same size pot at the same time, our staff does its best to pick plants that match.
Here's a list of pot sizes and the average age of a plant growing in a specific size pot. Ages may vary based on growth rate of specific types of plants.
1 Gallon Pot - 9 to 12 months
2 Gallon Pot - 12 to 18 months
3 Gallon Pot - 18 to 30 months
5 Gallon Pot - 30 to 48 months
Let us know if you need more details or have any other questions. We're at your service!
Plant Long & Prosper!
Questions? Contact Us