House Plant Pots and Containers

Your options for house plant pots and containers are wide. Just about any box, basket, pot or dish is a possibility for plants.

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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.

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Aqua Stoneware Planter

Give this Stone & Beam Two-Toned Planter a special spot in your home.

Made of glazed stoneware -- color-of-the-moment aqua on top and an ornate design on the bottom -- this house plant pot is a work of art you'll be proud to display.

Ideal for a large houseplant, it's about 10" tall and wide. Use it as a cachepot -- just slip a plain nursery pot with drainage holes inside this planter to protect your table from drips.

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 Pots

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.

Terra Cotta Pots

Simple clay flower pots come in just about every size and depth. They're inexpensive and easy to find at garden centers and nurseries.

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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.

House Plant Pots and Planters for Sale

Blue Ceramic Pot with Stand

Add a splash of color with this Azure Ceramic Cachepot with Stand. Merely 23 inches tall, this indoor plant stand is ideal for adding a houseplant near a sofa or desk where you can admire it.

No-drainage pot catches drips to protect your furniture. Let this beautifully glazed ceramic pot bring charming minimalistic style into your home.

Ceramic Pot with Bamboo Stand (Set of 2)

Give your house plants instant continuity by pairing them in this Ceramic Pot with Bamboo Stand (Set of 2).

Made of glazed ceramic, these simple, shallow planters blend seamlessly with your style -- whether it's contemporary, country-chic or traditional.

Mid-Century Planter with Iron Stand

Give a small plant a boost in this Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Iron Stand.

Made of heavy ceramic, this retro planter is glazed in a beautiful two-tone white and pale green. Stylish all on its own, this statement piece is set in an iron stand (approximately 17-inches high). You'll treasure this mid-century-style planter for many years. It makes a welcome gift too.

Heart-Shaped Concrete Planter

Elevate your succulent houseplants to a new level. Use this set of 3 Heart-Shaped Concrete Tabletop Planter to give tiny succulents fresh new style.

Succulents are hot, hot, hot right now, and this idea will showcase them in a whole new way.

Self-Watering Windowsill Planters

Practical Stoneware Self-Watering Windowsill Planters (Set of 2) lend instant continuity to your smallest plants, wherever you display them.

Made of white ceramic with capillary strips to wick water from the tray, keeping your houseplants well-watered.

White Faux-Marble Planters

These small White Ceramic Planters are a couple of my favorite house plant pots.

Made of durable, white ceramic, this set of 2 planters are painted with marble detailing and gold accents. Elegant and refined, they complement any plant pair without upstaging them. Place these planters on a plant stand or small table...they fit in beautifully anywhere.