Hypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone: First pots

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Hypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone

By goldfinch4
March 26, 2010

Do you like the looks of carved stone planters? Then hypertufa is for you. Here is my recipe and instructions on how to make your own unique trough, bowl, or box.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 27, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Chris, how did your first pots turn out? Is there such a things as them turning out great very first time out?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 28, 2010 4:28 AM CST
I've had good luck with my pots and am still using my very first ones. One important thing to remember is how fragile they are until cured. Also don't add too much water to the mix because that can make it weak. Add just enough so that when you squeeze a handful of the mix it sticks together.

My biggest disaster was when I was experimenting using other ingredients. I used sawdust once and that didn't work too well. Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Mar 28, 2010 8:27 AM CST
Okay, no sawdust. Sticking tongue out I was thinking about using the playground sand on my first attempt, you said it made it stronger. Strong is good. Thumbs up
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 29, 2010 7:16 AM CST
Yup! Should work great!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Mar 29, 2010 8:12 AM CST
I will get my Portland cement and sand this week. I feel excited, but also a little fearfull. I hate failure, I think it keeps me from trying many things that are interesting. I will be brave. Blinking Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 29, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Well start with a small pot first and if it does break, you won't be out much. Its a pretty inexpensive hobby because the ingredients go a long way. My 80 yr. old Mom came over a few years ago and made some with me and had a blast. She still has hers yet too. I'm sure you'll be a pro at it in no time!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Mar 29, 2010 11:26 AM CST
YEAH, tufa pots on the way. Thumbs up
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 27, 2010 9:55 AM CST
I am going to try this too. I am getting stuck at a basic problem...those 92 lb bags of Portland cement. I was thinking maybe the store can load it in the back of the crossover truck and when I get home I can empty it into several reasonable size buckets. Just worried that the dust will get every where. Any other suggestions?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Jun 27, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Hi Anna, That is exactly what most people do. I have heard if some people take the buckets to the store that they will help you load it right into the buckets. I've never tried that though. Or just load it into the buckets outside at home so it doesn't make a mess in a building.
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 27, 2010 4:03 PM CST
That's worth a try...
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 28, 2010 1:41 AM CST
Let me know how it worked out for you. I'm excited to see you starting to make hypertufa!
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juliart
Jun 20, 2014 6:16 AM CST
I am using White Thinset Cement instead of Portland. Is this OK?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Jun 20, 2014 10:16 AM CST
I don't have any experience with that so I'm not sure how that will work.
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