Am I really getting this much into houseplants? It sure seems like I am this year. If you watch any of the YouTube videos on my channel, you see that I have been shopping lately for the indoor houseplants. So with my obsession with hypertufa, it would follow that I would involve my hypertufa too, right? So I am using hypertufa for houseplants!
Here this early in spring, I have not had as much of a chance to make hypertufa pots as I had in earlier years. The outdoor setup for the faucet is fine during the warm summer days, but not here at the new house in winter. For whatever reason, the outdoor faucet in off the deck but not accessible via a stairway or steps. It would be so much trouble to walk out off the deck, hook up a hose, then back on the deck to do the cleaning of my cement-covered equipment. Can’t leave the hose out in freezing temps. So it involves trucking back out and unhooking the hose again.
Too much work, too icy and dangerous on icy steps, ain’t doing it!
Yes, I did get the HQMPC Garden Hose Quick Connect Solid Brass Quick Connector Garden Hose Fitting Water Hose Connectors 3/4 inch GHT (2SETS) and it is so nice to use. Here in the spring, I have a short 15′ hose to drag in and out until we get consistent above-freezing temperatures. But until then, I need to disconnect and bring it inside. So not easy. ( Still doing it though, I have new ones to show in a video soon.)
Cleaning Up Old Hypertufa For Houseplants
In order to have some planters for my houseplants, I have gone outside and chosen a few smaller hypertufa pots to bring inside. I chose a few that were sparsely planted and just eased the remains of the succulents growing off into the beds. I wanted to clean these well so I wouldn’t carry any critters, eggs, etc into the house. So far so good. A few still have minor moss growth, but I don’t mind that.
I soaked them in a tub of water to rinse all soil off and clean out the holes. Most of these pots are 5+ years old, and they are not any of those that have had a “crumbly sand” problem. So I am moving forward to get these planted up with houseplants. I have already planted the smaller yogurt size planter and that long one made from a Velveeta cheese box will be next. Just wait and see that one!
This hypertufa for houseplants should work because, since I work mostly with succulent-type plants, the porosity of the hypertufa will keep me from over-watering and therefore rotting the roots. It seems to me that I am a “Hovering Plant Mommy” who wants to water all the time and indoors the plants could easily get over-watered. Hypertufa may help in that situation. I can already notice that those small hypertufa pots dry out quickly.
I’ve chosen the Blue Chalksticks for this planting. It won’t be my first houseplant in hypertufa since I have already planted a few tiny ones, but it will be my first larger plant. This pot of Blue Chalksticks was one I got for $5 in a recent Plant Shopping trip with my daughter. It was a great deal so I snagged that one quickly.
New Starts in Hypertufa Too
I have some matting plants that I am planting up shortly since they seem to be lost in the tray they are currently rooting inside. It appears they look too much like the soil itself so I can fix that. Hopefully it will grow quickly.
These plants in the long hypertufa pot ( I used a Velveeta box for the mold) are some Pilea glauca and some Sedum makinoi Ogon. Not very bright gold at the moment, is it? But hopefully since these plants are mat/cascade plants, I can get a great look really quickly.
I will show you my newest hypertufa pots shortly. One of them I made especially for my new Aloe plant. I can’t wait for you to see it. Coming soon!