Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Hypertufa project - FINISHED!

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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Oct 20, 2013 10:10 AM CST
Since I got this hypertufa+sempervivums+hardy+succulents idea in my little head, I kept thinking about it. And how cool such a thing would look at my kitchen window, outside, on the 8th Floor.
Crazy?
Nope!
Here it is!
First, I searched online for how-to, recipes, ideas, etc.
Then I tried to find the ingredients.
Not easy...like a recipe from a cookbook, it's hard to find all ingredients here.
Finally the recipe was something like cement+perlite+sand+dried&sifted peat based mix.
Then, the problem was with the mold. I used wood boards etc.
Then I mixed the mix, then carefully made the troughs... a small problem was the walls kinda separating from the mold and leaning inside.
Well, the final result was OK... I am pleased!
After patiently waiting for a few weeks I got them out of the molds, filled them up with a mix rich in gravel and some perlite and then skillfully and artistically planted the sempervivums.
Thinking I still have some space left, I added some Thlapsi stylosum and some cute Sedum. And of course pebbles, rocks, stones Smiling
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Here's the metal bad my brother gave me for... support.
He also helped me drill the holes for the screws.
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Here's the BEFORE pic, with the potted Sempervivums.... waiting for a nicer, cozier home.
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Here's the view from my kitchen with the troughs already fixed.
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And... details Smiling
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Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Oct 20, 2013 10:31 AM CST
they look pro ! good job
DON'T PANIC
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Oct 20, 2013 10:35 AM CST
good call on the metal band
you could take out a car with one of those
that would be ... bad
DON'T PANIC
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 20, 2013 10:39 AM CST
SPECTACULAR project and results, Calin. You must be so proud of your work! nodding
And the view outside your window is so interesting. Are you in the main castle looking out your window at the minor part of your castle home?
Thanks for sharing!! Hurray!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 20, 2013 10:56 AM CST
I think your first attempts were perfectly pro too Calin. Great stuff!

That metal stripping is great that your brother shared, and used well!

WHAT A VIEW!!!!!

Beautiful scenes from a gardening friend in Romania. Thank you for sharing!

Smiling
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 20, 2013 11:15 AM CST
Here are some of my hypertufa containers too. I love hypertufa!
http://www.greenspacegardens.net/current-rock-pot-styles-and...
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 20, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Thumbs up super job.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 20, 2013 12:52 PM CST
I love those oblong containers. I wouldn't have thought of using wood boards for the form. I'm going to try to make one now!
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Oct 20, 2013 8:02 PM CST


GOOD JOB!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Oct 21, 2013 1:07 AM CST
Thanks you all!

Mark: well yup... looks like I am not thinking about accidents. I'm on the 8th floor, there's a wide sidewalk down there, but there's some shops too, which are a bit on the outside...meaning, I think if something falls, it's gonna land on the roof/ceiling of the shops... but I am not too good with Physics and the trajectory, and gravity so until I do an experiment and see exactly where things land, I'd better be safe Smiling

Bev: Well, nope. I live in a very communist flat building. From 1974. I bought it in 2007. I loved the location and the VIEW.
Before this big step, I always said to myself "hmmm, I'd love to have that view".
And I was shocked when I found this apartment for sale. YEY.
In the view there's a Palace in Baroque style. Used to be a museum but now it's owned by Catholic Church.
And there's also a basilica (big church) next to it. Sometimes the bells wake me up in the morning... but I like them.

Wow David. Great Work-of-Art there. Would love to make some as nice as yours... one-day!

Thanks Hetty! Big Grin

Sandi... yes... I think it's possible. I made a few mistakes. I made the forms a bit taller than I wanted the troughs to be...and this made it a little difficult to work the mix in the molds (especially the top margins of the troughs are not exactly perfect, but it's ok anyway)... and also the mix+plastic wrap just wouldn't "stick" to the wood.
It would lean forward (inside), making a gap of a few milimeters and I just didn't know how to fix that.

Thanks Marilyn! Big Grin
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Oct 21, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Thanks for tips! I think your "mistakes" just made them look more rustic and aged. I wouldn't change a thing.
BTW, that's a million dollar view you have from your window. WOW!
Name: Julianna
Jonesboro, AR (Zone 7b)
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julianna
Oct 22, 2013 9:46 AM CST
Lovely! And I think they look great on the balcony. As mentioned, the flaws just make them look even better!
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 22, 2013 3:10 PM CST
They were well thought out; measured for the space and look incredible.

I know you have some sort of bracing holding them on there Calin! I know you do!!!? This would not be the group to accidently knock off the ledge should they not perform as well as you like...... Hilarious! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Oct 23, 2013 11:50 PM CST
These will never perform poorly! Smiling
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Oct 24, 2013 12:45 AM CST
I just saw this thread...Wow and great job Calin!! Hurray! Hurray! I've been considering doing hybertufa and whenever I see a project like this I get re-inspired! Now to get ingredients! I tip my hat to you. nodding Thumbs up
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 24, 2013 10:58 AM CST
I just saw this for the first time too. They turned out wonderful, Calin! Hurray! Hurray! So, these are the first of many yet to come??? Big Grin

David, your hypertufa containers are gorgeous too. Thumbs up
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 24, 2013 11:17 AM CST
Aftere backtracking throught the pic's I finally got past the coolness of the metal stripping itself and saw the function. Duh!!! Anyway, I can be distracted on occasion and play the fool. Great looking supports for the pots. Now I know you will not be knocking off individuals you don't appreciate as they walk below. Hilarious! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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I'm glad you liked them and thank you Chris. Smiling
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Oct 24, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Wow! Your trough and your semps look equally fantastic! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Oct 24, 2013 7:09 PM CST
David I just went to your link, they really are cool pots! I love the metal items on the ones!! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Oct 25, 2013 12:34 AM CST
Thank you all.
And yes... I love David's works.
I may even find some ideas... hope you don't mind, David.
:)

Greg... you have no idea how long I was thinking about these pots.
I always found excuses not to get started... such as... no molds of exactly the sized I wanted, etc.

But once you start...you enjoy it really. Especially when they are done and ready to embrace some of your Sempervivums :)

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