Your options for house plant pots and containers are wide. Just about any box, basket, pot or dish is a possibility for plants.
Whatever its size or shape, your container must have drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to escape.
If you want to use a decorative container that doesn't have drainage -- often called a cachepot -- you can slip a plastic container with holes inside the cachepot. I use pebbles in the bottom of cachepots so that the plants are not sitting in drainage water.
Choose a container that not only complements your decorating style, but suits your plant as well. Climbing plants like bougainvillea, hoya and jasmine need support. Put your climbers in a trellis planter to show them off.
Does size matter? You bet. The container should be proportionate to the plant. Basically, you should choose the smallest container that will accommodate the roots of the plant. Moisture will be absorbed quickly in a small pot, preventing it from getting waterlogged. A too-large pot will retain too much water.
Plastic house plant pots are light-weight and low-cost, making them a popular choice for indoor gardeners.
They're time-savers, too. Since plastic pots are not porous like clay, soil will retain moisture longer and your plants will need watering less often. There is one hitch, though. Because air cannot circulate through plastic pots, you'll want to use a potting mix that drains well.
Many plastic house plant pots have snap-on trays, which do a great job of catching water that drips from the bottom of the pots -- a must-have feature for hanging baskets.
Since self-watering containers hit the scene several years ago, they've come a long way in form and function. They truly cut down on watering chores and are worth seeking out.
Simple clay flower pots come in just about every size and depth. They're inexpensive and easy to find at garden centers and nurseries.
These clay pots also have drainage holes -- a must -- to prevent the plant from becoming waterlogged. Just be sure to slip a saucer under the pot to catch any drips that come through the bottom.
Another big advantage of terra cotta is that it's porous, allowing moisture to evaporate from the soil so that roots can get the oxygen they need. New terra cotta pots are so dry that they can steal water from the soil you put in them, leaving the plants thirsty. It's a good idea to soak the pots overnight before planting in them.
Be aware that a plant in a porous clay pot will need watered more frequently than one in a plastic or glazed container. This type is ideal for house plants that don't like a lot of moisture in the soil, such as cacti and other succulents. In fact, I can't imagine planting a cactus in anything else.
Add a splash of color with these Green Daisy Burst Design Ceramic Pots. Just a scant 5" this set of two is ideal for your smallest tropicals, succulents or flowers.
Attached saucers catch drips to protect your furniture. Let these beautifully glazed ceramic pots bring charming garden style into your home.
Give your house plants instant continuity by grouping them in this Set of 3 Modern Ceramic Pots.
Made of glazed ceramic, these stylish planters blend seamlessly with your style -- whether it's contemporary, country-chic or traditional.
Slip a small plant into this Blue Ceramic Planter.
Hand-thrown of durable earthenware clay, this pottery planter is glazed in a beautiful two-tone blue coat. Practically a work of art, it's sure to get attention any where you place it. You'll treasure this handmade pottery for many years. It makes a welcome gift too.
Elevate your succulent houseplants to a new level. Use this set of 3 Ceramic Pots with Bamboo Stand to give houseplants fresh new style.
Just think -- you can squeeze more plants onto a table, or on your office desk with this 3-tier stand.
Succulents are hot, hot, hot right now, and this idea will showcase them in a whole new way.
Give your plants a lift and add color to any space with the Sky Planter.
Smart space-saving pots hang from the ceiling and are watered from the top with a water reservoir.
This small Daisy Shaped Planter is one of my favorites.
Made of fine white porcelain, it's refined and elegant, complementing any plant without upstaging it. Place it on a plant stand or small table...it fits in beautifully anywhere.
Crafted from recycled iron, these Etched Metal Pots (Set of 3) lend an artful style to your house plants.
Each is beautifully finished and hand-etched by Indian artisans into a stunning work of art.
You'll treasure this trio and proudly display them in your home to showcase your plants. They're sure to become family heirlooms.