Anyone ever do this? At the Home Depot garden club last week, this was our hands on project. My mom attends this club with me and thoroughly enjoys it. The instructor helped her mold her pot, and obviously didn't get it thick enough in the mold on one side...she didn't have the strength for all that pushing and packing, so hers broke on one side when I took it out of the mold. You have to let the pots cure for a week before you can plant. Today was PLANTING day. Yesterday she bought a couple of little succulents and I already had the angelina sedum and the hens and chicks. We took pea gravel and some fossil rocks from the driveway to make a little scree where her side is broken to hold in the soil. Once the angelina starts growing you will never notice the broken side.
These things are soooo easy to make that the master gardeners let me teach a class on it one year. There is a guy who is at all the Botanic Garden Plant sales and he sells succulents in hypertufa planters. He even has some sedums in a brick, it's a regular brick that you build with. The little holes in the brick are filled with soil and then he plants the sedums. He sells them for $15 a piece and they sell like hot cakes. He even brings extra bricks and extra sedums and will plant whatever you want right in front of you!
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Wow Barb, that is amazing.....we could do bricks instead of the pots, right?
I am so glad that someone else has made them. I've heard about/read about them for years but never attempted because I thought they would be too labor intensive.......they are easy peasy...I would like to make some taller slimmer ones next year. I'm thinking about a soda bottle mold...not sure just how well that would work, but a gallon clorox bottle might!
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Originally posted by vera ellen: Joyluck - those look great........so the stepping stone is hypertufa as well. Too cute. I'm glad to see they are holding up well. I really like the big deep planter too.
Thanks VE - the stepping stone is not hypertufa but a concrete one I bought at a yard sale. I don't think hypertufa stepping stones would hold up well, just my opinion, I've never made any. I have rhubarb leaf ones we made of concrete that are long lasting.
Nettiejay, I've planted herbs and annuals in my hypertufa but because the pots are somewhat porous they dry out quickly. I'm not having great success with what I put in the large one this year because it needs watering more than I'm doing so the annuals are surviving but not all that happy. Succulents are perfect for hypertufa cause they do well in a dry well-drained environment.
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