I've started growing my semps in plastic half-barrel tubs that are about 15" wide across the top and about 10" deep. I've never had good results growing in plastic, so my semps were in 6" and 8" clay pots. I was keeping 2 or 3 pots of each cultivar and was getting inundated with the many pots and the constant dividing and repotting. I started experimenting with these big tubs about 4 years ago. I drilled lots of extra drainage holes in the bottoms and grew on my surplus pups in them and have had very good results, winter and summer. So beginning last fall I've started moving my collection into these tubs...3 cultivars per tub and no duplicates in other pots. I'm hopeful this will be easier and so far the plants love it.
I don't know why these tubs have been more successful than smaller plastic pots I've tried, but my theory is that the larger volume of soil allows a good well-drained soil column to form. Any other thoughts?