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Plant Spacing Calculator


The quantity of plants needed for a space depends on how far apart they will be planted.  For many materials, this depends on mature size of the chosen annual, shrub or tree.  However, with groundcovers, spacing also needs to take into account how long you are willing to wait for the materials to fill in.  For example, Dwarf Mondo Grass will spread quite a bit but it is a slow growing plant, so closer together might be better, depending on how long you are willing to wait for it to cover an area.  Enter your square footage (length X width), as well as the distance apart you plan on spacing the materials in the calculator below to determine how many plants to purchase.

Plant Spacing Calculator


In this chart below, the left column indicates how far apart you intend to space your plants, and the right column is the number you need to multiply by the total square footage of the area you intend to plant.

Example: if you want to cover an area of 120 square feet with plant that you intend on spacing 10 inches apart, the equation would look like this:

120 (Sq Ft) x 1.45 = 174 (Plants)

Space between plants Spacing multiplier (plants per sq. ft.)
4″ 9
5” 5.76
6” 4
7” 2.94
8” 2.25
9” 1.78
10” 1.45
11” 1.19
12” 1
15” .64
18” .44
24” .25
30” .16
36” .11