Ok.. so you just bought a new plant. Congratulations! Now it is time to give it a new home!
Choosing a pot can sometimes be quite a difficult challenge if you want a look beyond the terra cotta pot. Nevertheless, whether you choose a plastic pot, ceramic, or even glass, there are few general types of pots and I am here to share them with you.
Drainage is the most important part of raising indoor plants because drainage helps plants bring air to the soil and its roots. Drainage, simply, is a hole or opening in your plant pot that allows water to flow out through the soil. What is great about this method is that you can see the water that travels through the plant into the saucer. Without a proper drainage system in place, plants can suffer stunted growth and/or root rot. For beginners I recommend starting with a planter that has a traditional drainage system to prevent accidental overwatering.
When choosing a pot without drainage it is important to know and understand your plant needs. In replacement of a traditional drainage hole, materials such as crushed pottery, activated charcoal, and gravel all work to bring air to the soil and your plant's roots. This works by simply absorbing the water and redistributing it. While pots without drainage is more aesthetically pleasing. The only drawback to this option is that the chances of overwatering increases because you are unable to see water flow out and remove excess. When choosing a plant without drainage it is really important to always check your soil thoroughly before watering.
You still have to water it.... These are really great for the forgetful waterer but they are also great for tropical plants and philodendron. Self watering pots are designed to keep plants consistently moist (but not toooooo wet) and often come with a device that tracks how low the water is in the reservoir.