On Saturday, even though it was cold, I just found myself desperate to get going and make hypertufa planters for this year. So I heated up the garage with a kerosene heater, vented it by opening the garage door just a little, and the back exit door just a little. I waited about an hour, and voilà ! A warm place to make my first batch for the year.
This is an update of last spring’s first batch of hypertufa. There are three videos for this process, so be sure to watch all three.
How to make hypertufa
I have already mixed the dry ingredients, sifting the peat to get all the larger sticks and debris out. And I put the water in and mixed it all up. So the video begins after the 10 minute wait for all the hypertufa mix to absorb the water thoroughly.
( Yeah, I see the drips in the corner.)
I stopped and started the video in places, so my procedure does take longer than this 6 minutes. But you can see a bit of how easy it is to make your own planters this way. If you are new to it, you can see it’s not difficult. Just messy.
I had saved this vinyl-like basket since I wanted to test how the texture of the basket weave would transfer over to the outside surface of the hypertufa pot, so I lined it with a soft plastic. I think the texture transferred really well.
I have cement coloring in this batch of hypertufa. I chose the “Buff” color. But I don’t really like using it because it seems to take so much of the color additive to give an apparent color difference to the finished hypertufa pots.
How early in the spring do you start making your pots? It is pretty cold here in Ohio, so I can only do it in a heated garage. It is not really very convenient there since my husband has so much junk in the garage. But it does give me access to the outside garden hose for cleanup. But then I have to unhook the garden hose and drain and bring it inside again.
It is hard when you are so DRIVEN to make hypertufa no matter what the temperature. But I am addicted! Didn’t I tell you that?
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Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.