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Dallas TX (Zone 8a)
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JasonT
Oct 18, 2020 1:26 PM CST
Next year, I'd like to have dayliles in my backyard (zone 8a Dallas, Texas). I have 6 crape myrtles so I have quite a bit of shade. It's too much shade for DLs to be planted (or at least I think since it's my first year growing them).

I thought pots may be an option since I can move them into spots with a lot of sunshine.

What would you all recommend in terms of pots - size, product recommendations, general care (that's different from in the ground), etc. I don't care how the pots look, just that they are good for the DLs.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Oct 18, 2020 3:49 PM CST
I have bought a lot of pots in the past two years, and I have been given a lot of pots also. Nearly all the pots I have used have been the commercial black plastic pots. I was told that 3gal. pots should be fine for most daylilies for three years(some never get very large while others get large very fast). I have found that to be a pretty good general rule, some will be pot bound in that time but some will still have room left to grow. I started digging trenches and setting the three gal. pots down in the trench with a little fine pine bark in the bottom. I wanted to have equal spacing so if I swapped out a small pot with a large one I could just set the second pot down in the large 3gal. pot. So this has worked well for giving away plants and just moving them around and swapping blooming daylilies out where there is a non blooming daylily in my "display" bed.
I buy my pots used from a fairly local nursery, the three gal. pots run 40 cents each, the smaller ones are of course cheaper, the guy normally throws in a few extra, and once when he was out of used pots let me have new pots (helps to be a cash customer on a regular basis). I actually prefer the two gal. size when I am digging and dividing fans, the commercial pot sizes are a trip to try and figure out, not all pots called 1gal, are the same size, there can be quite a bit of difference in them, and the same for the other sizes also. So after I buy a lot of 50 pots I will sort them into ones that are actually pretty much the same size.
So I buy used commercial plastic pots because they are durable and cheap, and grow daylilies just fine. The looks are not so good, but when placed in a trench and mulched around they look like they are growing in the ground, but trenches would not work well if you have to move the plants around to find sunny locations. I don't know what zone you are in but the black plastic pots get pretty darn hot when the sun is beating down on them during the summer here in zone 8A, so I will often group them together and place pine straw around them to keep them from over heating.
[Last edited by Seedfork - Oct 18, 2020 6:20 PM (+)]
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Dallas TX (Zone 8a)
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JasonT
Oct 19, 2020 10:04 PM CST
Thanks! Something to consider an helpful
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