Deep pots

J.E. Shields
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 05:12:30 PST
Hi all,

Here are some conversion factors:

1 US Gallon = 3.785 Liters
1 Imperial Gallon = 4.546 Liters
1 inch = 2.54 cm exactly

The nominal sizes of nursery containers are sometimes far off.  It's best 
to calculate volume from direct measurement of the containers.  A nominally 
"5-gal." container can be anywhere from under 4 gallons to 5.5 gallons in 
actual volume, when you measure it.

A nursery container that is 7 inches in diameter by 7 inches deep is 17.78 
cm X 17.78 cm is 4.4 L. or 1.17 US gal.

A container 11" X 11" is 4.5 US gal. or ca. 17 L. -- this is the usual size 
of the nominal "5-gal." nursery containers I've had.

Hope this helps.  If anyone has forgotten high school geometry and wants 
the actual formulas for calculating volumes, contact me privately.  (My 
typing is too spastic this morning to attmept any complicated messages!)

Jim Shields
in central Indiana, where 1 US statute mile is 5280 feet or 320 rods or 80 

At 08:48 PM 3/27/03 +1100, you wrote:
> >One gallon  =  6" (15cm) wide x 7" (17cm) deep
> >Two gallon  =  8" (20cm) wide x 9" (22cm) deep
> >Five gallon  =  10" (25cm) wide x 12" (30cm) deep
> >
> >
> >These are all approximate measurements (taken just now outside in the
> >pouring rain with a tiny sewing tape measure, just to show you how
> >dedicated I am!)   :-)))
> >
>Thank you SO much.  Those were not what I sort of had in my head, so your
>dedication is most definitely appreciated.  I didn't realise that 6" and 8"
>were only 1 and 2 gallons respectively...... I had thought that the 8 inch
>was probably the 5 gallon size.  I will make sure I keep a copy of this
>email in my special folder where I keep things of interest like the Celcius
>to fahrenheit conversion tables and the Zone conversions.  Methinks it will
>get used quite a lot at times while reading bits and pieces as I have often
>come across gallon references and was not sure what they equated to.
>Thanks for taking the time to do the measuring for me!! <grin>
>Paul Tyerman
>Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
>Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
>Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
>else that doesn't move!!!!!
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Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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