All Things Gardening forum: Is it height or width when someone says "buy a 12 inch pot"?

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Gabe1982
Apr 5, 2016 12:50 AM CST
I am growing basil and mint on the balcony and people have been telling me about buying a "12 inch pot". So, I just got 2 massive 12 inch pots. 12 inch in diameter. I was like "surely these plants need something big if their roots spread fast", but did I misunderstood something? Did they mean 12 inch in height?

Here is a photo of the basil and its 12" clay pot. :)


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krobra
Apr 5, 2016 1:14 AM CST
basil will grow huge if it gets enough sun and water.


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this is a 10 or 12 inch pot from last year. It is not clay though and did tip over a few time in heavy wind.

I am pretty sure they meant 12 inches wide.
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krobra
Apr 5, 2016 1:16 AM CST
my pic is 3 or 4 basil plants in one large pot.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 5, 2016 1:31 AM CST
What a great question! Thumbs up I think it is the diameter of the top since the bottom and heights vary according to use, i.e. a large but sqatty 12" pot for a Bonsai. Or a tall decorative pot flanking doorways. I think you basil will do great in that pot.
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pirl
Apr 5, 2016 7:16 AM CST
Gabe - they're talking the width of the pot.
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drdawg
Apr 5, 2016 7:48 AM CST
I agree width of the pot at the top.
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NJBob
Apr 5, 2016 6:57 PM CST
I agree

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