Feeling creative? Learn how easy it is to make your own Hypertufa Plant Container Pots.

What is Hypertufa?

Hypertufa is anthropic rock which is man-made.  Concrete is the most common example of anthropic rock.

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Hypertufa is made from several aggregates.  Aggregates are usually peat moss, sand, perlite or vermiculite.  These are held together with Portland cement. Portland cement, commonly called OPC which stands for Ordinary Portland Cement.  It is the common element for concrete, mortar and stucco.

After mixing these ingredients together, they are poured into a form shaped like a garden ornament or garden container pot and allowed to dry and harden.

Hypertufa is relatively lightweight and very porous which is good for plant growth.  It is much lighter than terracotta or regular concrete.  These garden pots and ornaments are very hardy and can stand temperatures down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Typically the portions are one part Portland Cement to three parts aggregate.  I have seen several different recipes for Hypertufa.  One of the most common recipes is:

  • 1 Part Portland Cement
  • 2 Parts Peat Moss (Sphagnum)
  • 2 Parts Perlite (which makes the finished product light weight)

Mix the ingredients in a wheelbarrow or large contain with water.  Not too much water.  You should be able to form the mixture into a ball.  The mixture is poured into a form usually shaped like a bowl or trough and left to dry.

Just imagine the fun you can have creating your own hypertufa garden designs.  Learn about more ideas by visiting the Hypertufa Forum.




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