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weight of potting soil in a 10 gallon container?

How heavy is a 10 gallon container with moist potting soil?

I am trying to tell a friend about this and have no way to give a ballpark weight for her planning purposes.

I hope to get a reply or two.

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toxcrusadr

Wet, maybe in the 50+ lb range, but that’s just a SWAG. Someone might come along who knows the actual density of the typical potting mix. I’m just thinking of a 5-gallon bucket of damp, not saturated potting soil, and that seems like 25 lb to me.

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gargwarb

That depends on what the potting soil consists of and how wet we’re talking. I find that a good middle of the road figure is about 55 lbs. per cu. ft. for a potting soil that has been fully saturated and then allowed to drain freely for 2 hours.

I’m not sure on the exact volume of a “10 gallon” container but those are trade gallons, not actual gallons. I think it’s about 11.5 actual gallons, which would put you at about 80 or 85 lbs. I would guess.

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I’m not sure of how much a 10 gallon container would weigh when filled with potting soil and water but in comparison with my, then, 30 pound grandson the container was, or seemed, lighter. The 20 to 30 gallon pots I have are not too heavy for me to lift, although I would not want to lug them very far.
What the container is made of will also affect the weight. A clay, ceramic, or stone container will just be a lot heavier then a plastic one would be.

How heavy is a 10 gallon container with moist potting soil? I am trying to tell a friend about this and have no way to give a ballpark weight for her planning purposes. I hope to get a reply or two.