I have shown my pots before, as I do grow all mine in pots. I have found that the size that does best for me, since mine are in permanent pots, is the 20" size. This gives them the root space they need to spread out. I do have lots left in the 3 gallon, or 2 gallon, I'm not sure which size they are since they were free from my neighbor. I can't find the fine pines anymore, but I do use half potting soil and half of whatever I can find to mix with it, mostly Garden soil, or something that looks similiar. I ues big bark mulch in the bottom of all my pots, for drainage and also to keep the potting soil from washing out. In the 20" pots I will fill them about 1/3 full with the big bark mulch then the potting soil mix. When the pot is almost full I use timed release fertilizer, around the edges, then fill to the top and add the big bark mulch on the tops also. When spraying for rust I add liquid fertilizer to the water. Other than that, thats all the plant food they get. You must water well all the time as long as they drain well. I have clay soil and growing them in the ground is not good here, plus what flower beds I have are full of tall bearded irises.
Early spring, these are tree size pots, don't know the gallon size, they were free, but they are probably 20" across the tops.
These are brand new pots, that I actually bought, 20" size, with brand new intros this spring.
I put two varieties to each pot until I see which ones I really like and I am going to keep. This is fine for 2 or three years, until one clump will overtake the other.
Some of these pots are whiskey barrel size, really deep. They are so deep that I filled them half way with big bark mulch. Actually the 20" pots are the best and you can kind of move them around. Those great big pots never move, unless I need to get to something.
Things that are smaller or that may be temporary go into 3 gallon pots. One thing I don't really like about the big pots is you can't really get a shovel into them to dig out stuff. You have to dig around the clumps by hand, then dig under them and pull them out. Of course the 3 gallon size I just dump out of the pot.
Can't Touch This was a huge single fan when I got it this spring. I put it into a 20" pot with Pirate Moon, which was also a single huge fan. Both of them went nuts. I now have 7 fans of CTT and also PM. Here is CTT blooming on a first flower really happy. This was early spring April 15th, there are many more fans now. This is the new row with new pots.
Can't Touch This and friends, early spring.
The same row as the first picture now blooming.
My pot boutique, some say ghetto, blooming.
I am in north central Texas, most winters are mild here, as was last year. In 2010 we had 12 inches of snow which was unusual for here. I lost a few that year, it was a wet winter. I hardly ever lose anything in the winter.