Hypertufa Pots

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How to Make Hypertufa Pots

By Nathan Chesson

Mankind has been utilizing sinks of 'Old Stone' and animal troughs, for many years. Now there has arisen a scarcity of these materials. Moreover, they are expensive as well. Hence, artificial methods are being resorted to. One of them is 'Hypertufa' - 'hypertufa' has the absorbent properties same as the tufa rock. It is much lighter as compared to regular concrete. It never gets frozen. The materials required for making hypertufa pots or hypertufa containers are inclusive of peat moss, sand, perlite or vermiculite, Portland cement, and Chicken wire (for huge pots).

The tools required include heavy rubber gloves, respirator (to provide protection against peat moss and cement dust), plastic sheet (thickness of around 4 mils) or bags, tub or pot for form, pots (for 'feet forms'), mixing wheelbarrow or tub, Screwdriver, Wire brush, and wooden dowel.

Certain steps need to be followed while making hypertufa pots. The first and the foremost thing is to mix two parts of peat moss, one part of Portland cement, and one part of sand, perlite, or vermiculite dry with the help of hands, till a homogeneous mixture is formed. Water can be added to moisten the mixture a bit. The quantity of water should be such that, when squeezed by hand, it should be slightly visible.

Secondly, a proper mold needs to be chosen ('two gallon black plastic pot' is recommended).

Thirdly, enough mixture of concrete needs to be placed in mold's bottom. The depth of the small pots is recommended to be 1 to 1 ½ inches. After that, the mixture should be kept on building till the acquisition of the desired thickness. Efforts should be made to smooth the sides as well as the bottom. It's advisable to round the edges. This ensures a longer life of the pot. After acquiring the 'desired height' (of the pot), folding the inside of the pot with plastic from inside is recommended. Now, slow curing should be started off. It begins with keeping the pot in 'warm weather' for the first week, and keeping at 50F for the next two weeks. It should be kept away from the freezing point. Water presence cures concrete.

If possible, bowl should be sprayed with water frequently. This is mandatory in places having dry climates. After these cures, the pot should be removed from mold and plastic should be taken off. At this stage, the pot is very delicate, so care should be taken while handling. Later you can start using the new hypertufa planters and pots.

Hypertufa is a fun and easy way to create your own garden art. If you would like to learn more about Hypertufa then Click Here.