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Re: Question for mail order folks

Kathy, here many plants--mostly the holiday and gift stuff, but not entirely--are sold by 10-inch size. This may result from the use of more expensive pots than nursery blacks for many small sizes. There's also an increasing use of peat pots [up to 4-inch size] and paper pots for vegetable and herb plants. Most caladiums at the local HD are sold in 6-inch paper pots.

Other things I've noticed: Hard to find a six-pack of 2-inch bedding plants; minimum seems to be an 18 pack. Minimum size for individual bedding plants is 3 inches and, in many instances, creeping up on 4 inches. It's not unusual to see 10-inch vegetables and herbs--sometimes tomatoes and pepper with fruit as well as flowers. The 2-gallon and 5-gallon nursery pots have nearly disappeared; sizes now increase from 1 gallon to 3 gallon to 7 gallon [note that these pot-size increases raise the price of the plant, not necessarily its size or age].

On Dec 22, 2006, at 12:11 PM, Cornergar@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 12/21/2006 3:29:08 PM Central Standard Time,
islandjim1@verizon.net writes:
call them 10-inch pots, not 1-gallon
Jim, I'm not sure you would get customer acceptance stating this honestly. Perhaps an explanation at the beginning of the catalog...something on the order of "gal means "trade gallon" which holds 3 qts." But nobody does this. Maybe
it's time they did. Kathy

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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