Plant Size Guide

Size Guides


POT SIZES

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify three standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying:

3 litre, 7.5 litre and 15 litre

Ground Fern Pot Sizes:

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Herbaceous Pot Sizes:

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PLANT DIMENSIONS

Pot Size & Total Height:

For many of our plants the easiest way to give an accurate impression of how big they are is to give the pot size in litres and overall height.  We do this for plants such as strelitzia, ginger and banana, natural and column form olives, juvenile (non –trunked) hardy palms and most of the arid plants.  For indoor plants such as Beaucarnea and indoor palms the overall height includes that of the pot.



Pot Size, Total Height & Girth:

For larger specimen plants such as mature and ancient olives we use pot size in litres, total height from soil level and girth of trunk to give an accurate impression of the size for each plant.  We can also email pictures of larger specimens which, together with dimensions, should tell you all you need to know if you can’t visit us in person.



Pot Size, Total Height & Trunk Height:

Outdoor palms are usually measured by pot size in litres, overall height from soil level. Additionally we give trunk height, as shown in the diagram, to try to give as accurate a picture as possible of the plant.



Pot Size, Total Height & Cane Count:

Bamboos are sold using this combination of measurements. The most important thing when buying a bamboo is the rhizome – it has been said that you pay for what is in the pot and what is sticking out above it is free! Nevertheless the overall height and number of canes gives an indication as the size and age of the rhizome in the pot. Do please bear in mind that the number of canes in a pot can vary according to the time of year and the stage at which the bamboo is growing – new canes are produced in spring, then no more until the following year.

Plant Dimensions Illustrated:

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STANDARDS & NATURAL FORMS

For many of our plants the easiest way to give an accurate impression of how big they are is to give the pot size in litres and overall height.  We do this for plants such as strelitzia, ginger and banana, natural and column form olives, juvenile (non –trunked) hardy palms and most of the arid plants.  For indoor plants such as Beaucarnea and indoor palms the overall height includes that of the pot.

Standard & Natural Forms Illustrated:

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The grades normally offered are: 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-25cm, 25-30cm. Very approximately a 10-12cm tree will be about 3.5 metres tall, 12-14cm about 4 metres, 14-16cm about 4.5 metres, bigger trees will be around 5 metres.

Half Standards (HSTD) are similar to, but smaller than, Standard trees, with a clear stem of between 90cm and 1.2m depending upon the variety and often just measured by pot size in litres and overall height.


CYCAD CAUDEX

Cycads are extremely slow growing and it is difficult to accurately portray the age of a plant by its pot size or height. The most important part of a cycad is the caudex – that swollen bulb that is partially buried in the compost and from which the leaves arise. Whatever the pot size, the caudex remains the most consistent feature, so, for smaller plants measurement is taken of the diameter of the caudex. For larger plants, whose the caudex is taller than wide, the measurement refers to the height of the caudex.

Cycad Caudex's

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TOPIARY EXPLAINED

Topiary plants come pruned to various standard shapes. Balls, cones, cubes and pyramids are described by pot size in litres, overall diameter and height from soil level. Standards and Half Standards are described above. Cloud Form Ilex are measured by pot size in litres and overall height including the pot.

Topiary Shapes

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