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Are You Hot for Hypertufa?

Plants love hypertufa because the porous material provides great drainage. Making a hypertufa planter has been on my list of want-to-dos for a while now, maybe years. But I still haven’t tried it. I have no good excuse because it’s reportedly pretty easy and really fun. The only kicker is the setting time — it takes several days — so hypertufa isn’t as much about instant gratification as it may seem. What it is about? It’s about creating a planter or garden ornament that looks like stone but is light as air, and as a bonus, is porous enough to provide great drainage for plants. Genius.

So how do you create something that looks this good?

Hypertufa planters are molded from a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, sand or perlite, and water. The result is a super lightweight garden container that looks like stone.
The gallery below gives step-by-step instructions for making a hypertufa planter, and I’m gonna use it as I make my version.

You’ll see a list of materials above, but here it is again in case you want an easier-to-print version.

Materials and Tools:

  • Mold (can be a saucer)
  • Dishpan
  • Planter or box
  • Plastic wrap (any type of lightweight plastic to line the mold)
  • Containers to mix ingredients and for measuring
  • Gloves (rubber or latex)
  • Face mask for the mouth and nose
  • Dowel rods, cut into six-inch lengths, for making drainage holes (ordinary 3/4 to one-inch diameter sticks will do)
  • 1/4-inch hardware cloth for screening peat moss (optional)
  • Wire brush to roughen finish on outside of trough (optional)
  • Portland cement, one part
  • Peat moss, one to one-and-a-half parts
  • Coarse sand or perlite, one to one-and-a-half parts (Note: Perlite will make the trough lighter in weight, but sand will give it a smoother finish.)
  • Water, one part

I’ll be honest — I may not get around to this project until next weekend. In the meantime, tell me in the comments below — have you messed around with hypertufa? What did you think?

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By Tessa

My name is Tessa. I'm married and a mom of two grown children. I‘ve always been a working mom. This isn’t necessarily a mommy blog, although I plan to write about food, my life in general, the boring mundane parts, and the wonderful, precious moments and memories that the average every day is made of. I’ll share my DIY moments as a novice beginner

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