In the ground with a good potted soil mix to get them going is the very best for an outdoor plant. I put mine in 5gal. pales so I could move them around and keep them in the most sunlight untill they got to big then I dug a hole and put the bucket in the ground cuz they get real top heavy and blow over easy. these buckets are actualy a little small, should ne at least a 7gal. by having them in pails you can easly move them for security reasons also.