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How to Make Hypertufa Containers for Succulents

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Hypertufa is possibly the cheapest way to get a lot of pots and containers for your succulents. You can make your own hypertufa containers, which is a fun and relatively easy project.

Supplies

  • Mixing tub
  • Container for measuring
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Portland cement
  • Concrete reinforcing fibers
  • Dust mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Trowel
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Plastic container for a mold
  • Wire brush

Basic Hypertufa Recipe

1 part Portland cement
1 1/2 parts Sphagnum peat moss
1 1/2 parts Perlite

Hypertufa containers

Photo via janetshouse.typepad.com

Five Easy Steps

Step 1

Measure and mix the peat moss, perlite, cement, and a small handful of reinforcing fibers in your tub. You’ll kick up plenty of dust at this stage, so be sure to wear your dust mask.

Add the water while stirring with your trowel. Test the consistency frequently, as it’s much easier to add water than it is to readjust the dry ingredients. When a squeezed handful retains its shape and doesn’t release more than a few drops of water, the mix is ready.

Step 2

Mold the mixture around the chosen object, which has been placed upside down on the plastic drop cloth. Avoid objects with a pronounced lip since it would make the object difficult to remove from the finished container.

Pack the mixture up around the sides of the object, tamping it down firmly to bond the hypertufa to itself and to avoid a crumbly texture. A 1- to 2-inch (2.5 to 5 cm) layer on all sides will create strong walls.

Flatten the intended bottom of the completely covered object for stability, and shape the sides to a desired form. Then poke your finger through the bottom to create a drainage hole.

Step 3

Wrap the container in the plastic sheeting, and place it in a shady spot for about a day to let it harden.

Step 4

Remove the wrapping after the hypertufa has had a day to harden. The mixture will be firm but still soft enough to work with. Turn the container over, and remove the mold. Brush the sharp edges and the smooth top, if desired, to give a rougher, more natural look to the container.

Step 5

Rewrap your container, and place it in a shady place for another two days. Then unwrap it, and soak it with a hose periodically over the period of a few weeks to leach out the residual lime from the cement, which would harm plants.

Source: oregonstate.edu

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