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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 10, 2016 4:11 AM CST
Hi, I have been watching some youtube videos on hypertuffa and also on cloth and cement. I love the creative part of these projects. If you have a container that you are proud of, please share a pic. I need some inspiration, lol. I am wanting to make a container to hold several mini hosta in one container and some succulents in another. Thank you,

Teresa in KY
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 10, 2016 8:49 AM CST
Teresa, This could be the beginning of a great thread.
I don't have luck with making my own tufas. Really no place to work and too old to lift cement.
I did make one 15 years ago and it dissolved over winter despite being covered with plastic.
I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with.
On the old DG site there was someone from Japan who used "papercrete" and made some great ones. I'll see if I can find it.
These are my locally made ones.
This one is barely 8 inches and not deep enough to plant anything but rollers

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These are nice with small feet.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
May 10, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Check these out
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/papercrete/

The DG thread with TomTom from Japan

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I love the organic look of these pieces.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 10, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Thanks, Jo Ann. I have been watching different videos on YouTube and reading about different forms. I am hoping to make a trough with either feet or blocks to set it on. I think my minis will be better together. They tend to lose attention near the large hosta.

You have a nice collection of pots, I like that last one too!
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cinta
May 10, 2016 7:52 PM CST
I call myself the styrofoam queen. I get so much styrofoam I started years ago of trying to figure out what to do with it besides trashing it and filling our overload landfills. Every TV, Appliance and electronics I purchase have so much of the stuff around some weeks it would take me 4 garbage bags to take to the curb.

I cover them with stones and ceramic tile.

This was the last one I made and posted instructions of how I made it.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 10, 2016 11:10 PM CST
Well, that is different. You are thinking outside of the box!! The stones make it look natural now.
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Birds
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IbisFla
May 11, 2016 6:51 AM CST
Cinta, that is cool! I wouldn't have thought that the styrofoam would be strong enough to hold the stones and tile. Thumbs up
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 11, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Is anyone making hypertufa pots themselves? Any tips for a beginner?
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Cinta
May 11, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Teresa I am trying to be green. Save the planet. Hilarious!

If you want to try this I did a instruction sheet here....
http://garden.org/ideas/view/Cinta/889/Styrofoam-Pot/

There were a couple topics on the Garden Art forum I think about making Hypetufa pots and pedestals. I never tried it.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 5:57 PM CST
I'll post a few of mine. Been busy in the garden, but it's a bit chilly now.
I don't have any tips though, I've only been making them 2 or 3 years myself.
Hypertufa: (Lightly hit with gold paint. Used a box for a mold and lined it with plastic
first, then aluminum foil kind of crumped up to give some texture. So I was pressing my tufa against the aluminum foil. Made last year but not yet planted. I tried to make the top a scallop look by pressing with my fingers. It's about 5" deep.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:01 PM CST
This is one of my favorites, but difficult cloth and cement. It's supposed to be like a viking ship: It's very small, but I cut out all the other junk in the photo. It's only about 5" long and a little over 3" wide at the widest point. Was planted last year, and wintered over on patio.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Hypertufa and a cloth and cement combination to make a basket:

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:09 PM CST
This one is made like the first one. It was planted last year though and all wintered over on patio including a short pot lily (which multiplied from one stem to 2), a miniature coral bells, some trailing sedum and hens and chicks not seen. There is also one of the short pink balloon flowers in the container.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:13 PM CST
This is the top view of the previous container. I stuck in a couple 6-8" marigolds for hope of extra color through the summer:

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Here's a bucket type container that is a combination of hypertufa and cloth and cement. This miniature daylily wintered in this container, though I consider this past winter toward the mild side. Now just to see if it will actually bloom in the container. I bought some Osmocote fertilizer today to add to the containers such as this for hopeful bloom encouragement and I have some Miracle Grow liquid, but I'm not good about mixing with water and adding. I guess I need to get a Stella de Oro (sp?) and try as they usually are very reliable bloomers from what I've seen:

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:31 PM CST
This is a round bowl form cloth a cement container. Just a couple days ago I potted it with 2 mini hostas (Pandora's Box and Blue Mouse Ears) and a dwarf Aruncus. I have one other mini hosta but it spreads much faster than these other two, so I didn't use it. I really would like to add more mini hostas that are hardy enough to winter in the containers. I think they are so cute.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:42 PM CST
This is a freshly plants cloth and cement container. I really like to use some perennials that will overwinter and some annuals. (I'm hoping to learn more of both that will work well in the containers.) So in this one I'm trying for the first time Artemisia Silver Mound. I know in my garden that when it gets shaggy in the summer, I can cut it back and it forms a new nice neat mound. I also used a mini coral bells. That is kind of shade versus sun, but this mini coral bells seems to do okay with more sun. Hopefully the Artemisia will do okay with less sun. I also sprinkled in some purple flowering alyssum seeds, and added a couple of my short variety seed grown marigolds.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 15, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Cloth and cement. Planted last year with Ornamental Grass, dwarf balloon flower, trailing sedum and the one variety of hens and chicks.

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. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
May 16, 2016 12:14 AM CST
What type and size of cloth/towel did you use? I like the looks of a lacy doily for a pot too.

Thanks for posting.
Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
May 16, 2016 5:51 AM CST
Post #1149958 with the grass in container was a fluffier bathroom type hand towel. The container right before that one I used a thin kitchen towel. Both pieces I used the same form to drape the cloth-tufa over. It really does make a difference in texture as to what type of cloth is used. It also makes a difference whether you use perlite in your mix, or if you use vermiculite. And then there are different grades of those. My preference for cloth and cement is fine grade vermiculite.
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.

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