Hypertufa Planters are known for their great drainage!
But if you make a hypertufa planter, even though the garden planter is very porous, you still need to have drainage holes in the bottom to be sure that the soil does not hold onto water collecting inside. It is most important during the winter season that water drains from the hypertufa pot.
For many hypertufa creators, the best way to get drainage holes in the pot is when you make it. This is done by poking your finger or a wooden dowel into and through the wet mixture at the bottom of your pot.
I have an idea for a “poking rod” that you can use over and over.
It’s made from those pipes from the Big Box store called PVC pipe. It is found in the plumbing section and sold in 8 foot sections. I selected the 1/2 inch size pipe. You can use pieces of this piping to make your holes in the wet mud mixture.
I got an 8 ft section of it for approx $5 and then cut that into 4 inch pieces. My husband used his electric table saw and just zip! zip! all done. I had 24 pieces to use. I keep them all together in a bag and now I have them ready whenever I make a pot. Since they are made of the PVC material, they are easy to clean off and re-use for the next planter.
Just push it down into the bottom of your new planter before you wrap it for the first cure, being sure to go all the way through. You may want to put a little lubricant on it, but it has worked fine for me without. Just push it in, then give a little twist to make sure it is through, and to “round out” the hole.
My opinion: A small pot needs one hole but those larger pots need 3 or more depending on how large they area. I have 8 holes in my largest hypertufa garden planter.
This method will work for you if you like to make the holes during the initial forming of the hypertufa pots.
How I Make My Drainage Holes
This is how I prefer to do it. Drill holes with a masonry drill after your first cure. It goes through like butter and it is all ready after leaching.
Yes, this is the most fun way of making the drainage holes. Use a drill after the first cure before the final wrap. (You can also drill later. It will just be more like drilling through “rock.”
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I made a short film showing how I have drilled a few of mine.
You can try either way. Or if you are a “finger poker” then just go with what suits you. As long as you get drainage, it works.
What is your preference? Have you had any problem with either of these methods? And any advice for me on those leaf imprints I show in the video? Maples leaves just don’t have enough prominent veining, right?
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