Five Gallon Containers


Possibility Place Nursery’s five gallon container is very different from what is normally used in the nursery industry. The container is designed in such a way that it encourages numerous roots but inhibits circling roots. No chemicals (such as copper) are used to enhance a fibrous root system. Most of our trees and 40-50 species of shrubs are available in five gallon containers.

Thanks to all our customers for making our five gallon container operation a booming success! We began the five gallon production process a few years ago without a real good idea about production practices and even less on what the customer response would be. We initially made a number of mistakes in production which have now been corrected. One problem we still have is timing, or when the plants will be ready for sale. It may take us a few more years to get a real handle on this problem. However, unlike the Chicago sports teams, we will solve this problem without any additional cost to our customers!

One new part of the operation has been installation of a shade structure for our shade loving plants such as buckeye, paw paw, hydrangea, and spice bush. The plants’ response to the shade has been very positive.

Customers have found the five-gallon containers very convenient. The plants are light in weight and small enough to be easily transported. Planting on your own is easy, as the hole needs to be dug only 8” deep and 18” across. Survival rate on plants sited correctly has been excellent with minimal maintenance. Minimal maintenance means mulching plants, putting chicken wire around the plants to protect them from varmints (rabbit and deer), and watering. I do not want to tell you not to water, but we have found the watering requirements much less than that of a ball and burlap plant.

One comment we have heard from some of our customers is that the plants are sometimes smaller than other five gallon plants. This is true and there is a reason for this. We plant 2” plugs into our five gallon containers while other nurseries use 1 or 2 gallon plants and sometimes even bare root. By the time our plant is ready for sale, it will have a great top and an even better root system. A container plant accompanied by a root system that has filled the pot means better survival and less maintenance. While the plant you see above the soil may be smaller than average, it is the root system below that provides the plant its strength to flourish!

We will contract grow trees or shrubs in five gallon containers. Contact us for additional information.

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