Hypertufa Planters

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How to Make Hypertufa Planters
 

By Nathan Chesson

A hypertufa planter is probably one of the best options to stone and concrete planters. Hypertufa planters are man made rock which is freely formed into individual shapes and is actually a substitute for Tufa Rock but made by man. Tufa is a soft cellular rock that is found in limestone areas and particularly where water leaks out unusual materials in order to form an absorbent soft substance. Generally, hypertufa planters are made from a handful of fiberglass shreds, 2 portion of perlite and 1 portion of mortar mix without sand. These planters are very durable, light-weighted and strong.

Hypertufa is a mixture made of peat moss, sand and Portland cement, which is formed into any shape and size. It can be used for birdbaths, planters, troughs, and stepping stones among other things. Perlite is being used as a substitute for sand because it reduces the weight of the planter. Hypertufa looks ripened instantly and so it attracts mosses and lichens and it also naturally complements shrubs and plants in the garden. These planters are very friendly as they are spongy and bulky they act as reservoirs for water. Being spongy it even allows easy passage for the air to pass to the roots. These hypertufa planters and pots are quite suitable for planting different types of plants particularly for alpine plants, succulents, sedum and cacti plants.

In most of the countries around the world the natural Tufa stone has been carved for use in garden planters and pots. When the hypertufa mixture is properly made then the surface has the look of ruggedness and natural aging. You can use the mixture to create hypertufa pots, hypertufa containers or planters.

How to create a Hypertufa Planter: For a rectangular or a square tub you need two coated cardboard boxes where one is slightly smaller to the other box by about 5 to 6 cm. The smaller box will be placed inside the bigger box while the hypertufa mixture cures but the gap between the boxes must be approximately 5 to 6 cm to ensure there is enough wall thickness. These boxes work as the mold. For circular containers, use different size buckets, plastic basins and plastic bags.
In order to support the exterior portion of the box use concrete blocks or bricks to brace the outside and keep it from sagging due to the weight. For the interior box fill halfway with a potting mixture, soil or even sand to add some weight and help keep it in place.

To make a drainage holes in the bottom of the planter, use a broom stick, a branch or even 25mm and 5 cm long plastic pipe. If not required this can be removed later. For small tubs only one or two small holes are needed and for large tubs make at least four to five holes.

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.