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Pots that Rock!

Get the look and durability of concrete, but with less heft, by making your own plant pots out of growing medium you have on hand!

| August 2019


Hypertufa looks like concrete, but it is much lighter and can take a knock. I think hypertufa looks nicer than plastic.

Making your own pots out of hyper­tufa is a fun project you can do over the winter. Concrete is made with cement, sand, and gravel. When you make hypertufa, you change the recipe and use light ingredients such as peat moss instead of the sand and gravel, which gives you something that looks a bit like concrete or stone, but is lighter.

Other common ingredients are things that you find in potting soils, like perlite and vermiculite. If you search online, you will find tons of recipes. I like this recipe because it is really easy — we just mix cement with the potting soil we have on hand!

Like with concrete, you can build a wooden frame that you fill with the wet hypertufa mix. Once it has dried, you remove the frame. We did this once, but it is a lot of work to make a frame. You need to make both an outer frame and an inner frame. An easier way to make hypertufa containers is to use two pots. Use the larger pot for the outside form and the smaller pot for the inside.


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