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Name: Linda
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chickhill
Mar 18, 2014 8:18 AM CST
I love hypertufa pots. Needed pots for my sedums and semps so I jumped in and went crazy. I made some containers from concrete back in the 90's. Still doing well but heavy. Found recipe for hypertufa online.
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/dc789bbee hives, my daughter in law got me into making those.
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/1ade39pumpkins are left over mix
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Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/f04f91first try at leaf molding
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Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/5a9d9fcrushed sea shells embedded


Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/27f1c2fulda glow fuldaglut
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Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/d598f2coral reef, plant is gone will it come back out?
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/892eaedragon's blood
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/6e2e6aogon, plant is gone will it come back out?
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/3583a5sexangular
Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/4bbad8chocolate ball


Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/f68853little missy, brought her in for the winter, glad I did the other pot looks dead, don't know if it will come back out. The pot beside it is what I call her sister-leaves are solid green. I bought both those plants in Townsend, Tn. Little Missy was labeled but the other one was not.


tricolor in first concrete pot, next bowl-pot is the green stems of tricolor that I pull out so it won't revert


Thumb of 2014-03-18/chickhill/39d3ce green shoots of tricolor. By the way this always stays green it never tries to go back to tricolor

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 18, 2014 7:09 PM CST
Nice collection of pots that you made ( Hurray! ) and sedum plantings. I have a plant like "Little Missy" and never had a name for it. Now I do.
For those plants that seem gone, check real close for small sprouts/signs of greenery within the mass of dead looking leaves and stems. They might have appeared if their wintering over has ended.
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Mar 18, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Thank you Thank You! Bev. have been checking on Little Missy and her sister. Scratching around in top of soil lightly in case I disturb any signs of life but no luck yet. 46 sedums with most in hypertufa pots Linda
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goldfinch4
Mar 19, 2014 10:55 AM CST
Love all your hypertufa pots! I have quite a few of those too. Aren't they fun to make? Do the bees actually live in the hives?
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Name: Linda
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chickhill
Mar 22, 2014 7:01 AM CST
goldfinch4 Thank You!
I agree yes to the pots. Last year I made 80, sold 15. The hives are for fun unless some bees want to move in.
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gemini_sage
Mar 22, 2014 7:54 AM CST
Gorgeous containers! Well done :-)
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Mar 22, 2014 8:11 AM CST
Thank You! Gemini_sage going to try leaf casting this year
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 23, 2014 11:11 AM CST

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Boy, am I late in finding this thread. Awesome photos chickhill. Love the leaf casting on the side of the containers. How to you accomplish the scalloped edges?

I read that Sedum 'Little Missy' is only hardy to zone 8 and will tolerate lite frost. It is suppose to be evergreen, but I would watch the dead container to see if it will come back from the roots. Would sure be wonderful if it does. Keep us posted on what happens with it.
It is a beautiful sedum, I'll have to see where I can find that one. Maybe it would over winter on my covered deck?

Coral Reef goes dormant here in my zone 8 winters, yours should come back from the roots and maybe even some of the dead looking stems. Gorgeous photo of a happy and healthy Coral Reef. Lovey dubby

Ogon is another one that goes dormant in the winter.

Is your Tricolor in full sun? The ones I have in shade/partial shade tend to be green, the ones in full sun have lots of color.

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DavidofDeLand
Mar 24, 2014 4:52 AM CST
Great pots and plants! Thumbs up
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Mar 24, 2014 8:20 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Valleylynn Tricolor / full sun-I keep all the green shoots pulled out to keep from reverting. I have a pic of the solid green posted in a concrete bowl pot.
Coral reef, ogon, zentaro all still missing. Sad
Will trade Little Missy if your interested.
Make pot as tall as needed, then try to make same size balls and shape like half crescent, put on top edge and blend seam.
Smiling Thank You!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2014 7:30 PM CST

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I would love to trade you something for some of the Little Missy.

I still have not made any hypertufa. I have all the ingredients in the garage. *Blush*
Name: Linda
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chickhill
Mar 24, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Valleylynn when frost danger is passes in April, I will connect with you about trading. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2014 8:52 PM CST

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Sounds great. Just send me a treemail. Big Grin
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Mar 25, 2014 8:32 AM CST
valleylynn will do
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Apr 9, 2014 12:11 AM CST
I love your pots. Containers.
I made some troughs, but I am a bit concerned. I read somewhere that if the recipe is not right, these containers may fall apart after a while, especially after freezing, de-freezing.
What would the best and strongest recipe be ???
I weighed mine when empty, and didn't feel that "light". I am not sure if they had been FULL-concrete they would have been much heavier. No idea!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Apr 9, 2014 2:28 AM CST
Calin, I think for the most part the recipes are trial and error, but I have heard that the less water that is used, the stronger the mix. Here is a fantastic forum/website that has lots of great information and people who will be able to answer any questions you might have. Be prepared to spend a lot of time on it! http://www.thegardenartforum.com/sb/index.php Donald Tucker does amazing work!!
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Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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chickhill
Apr 9, 2014 7:26 PM CST
I used a 2 parts each peat & perlite, 2 parts cement. The bee hives I added the coarse sand. I covered mine with plastic, put in shade, kept damp for a week. Finish curing about 3 more weeks. I did find hairline cracks on one I forgot to cover after unmolding. All my pots made it through the 0 degree winter days we had this year, none broke. Fully cured they are lighter weight. One key to success is make sure you follow the curing process. The darker bee hive in first pic wasn't completely dry.
Yes, more cement does make them heavier. Years ago I made some with just concrete (not cement) & peat moss, very heavy on my "retired back".
Above noted website has the recipes I used.
Smiling I tip my hat to you.
Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Apr 9, 2014 11:33 PM CST
Thank you !
The only problem I have is PEAT. No idea what the Romanian "translation" would be and where I could buy a couple big bags.
All dictionaries say "turbă" .
And I could find this stuff but it was looking just like potting mix, but darker, and it was wet, and I let it dry in the sun and then sifted it. Results were a fine brown powder, and long shreds or something like roots, fibers, etc.
Are you all using something else? Something ready to use?
Well, we don't have that around here!
Crying
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Apr 10, 2014 12:45 AM CST
Calin, your peat sounds like the same stuff we have. Once sifted, I avoid using the long shreds, but I don't sift mine too fine. I like some small pieces left in my mix (but not too many). They eventually rot or wear away from the surface leaving an interesting texture in the hypertufa. About half way down this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphagnum is a picture of some that has the size/texture I like to use.
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Apr 11, 2014 12:14 AM CST
Oh really... I thought you were using something totally unobtainable here...
Why isn't someone bagging the stuff we need for these pots in "ready-to-use" peat?
:)

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