I was wandering through the garden and checking over some of the hypertufa troughs I have made these last few years, You may recall some of these from a prior posts, but I am wondering how to make more and where I can fit them.
But am I really getting a little excessive in the amount of troughs that I have?
I have my hanging hypertufa pot dried out and already put inside. It is one of my few hypertufa pots which will need to come inside, but only because of the plant inside it. This hanging pot, as you recall, is planted with mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis). It has done well outside for the past few years hanging up under the deck since it cannot take the full blistering sun.
In fact, I had usually hung it over the kitchen sink by the window, but it has gotten too large these last winters. I have put it in the upstairs bedroom window with the other tender succulents I have brought inside.
I have the small sticky traps lying on the shelves, but surprise! I have not seen many gnats at all. I have a very few little dead bodies stuff on the paper glue traps lying there, but since I dried them out well as I spoke of in this post, I am not seeing many at all.
But I have prepared for them. Got my sticky traps, and , by all means, use vaseline and yellow paper if you want to go organic!
The large T Rex Trough seems to have survived the Ants Wars. Maybe the ants took pity on me and packed up and left. Or maybe there were better accommodations found elsewhere, but I don’t care where they went, just so they are GONE!
The trough seems to be doing well. Lost only one plant this year, which was the Rockfoil (Saxifraga) . The rockfoil was just to the right of that rock in this picture. Rockfoil is for a moist area, so that was my fault for not checking it out thoroughly and planting it elsewhere. It says right on the tag “Avoid hot dry sun.” Live and learn.
The large bowl is really taking off well, as is the oblong trough. I am really loving the oblong one, and I plan on making a few more for myself with that mold. It has a really appealing shape.
And I have a great affection for the “wine barrel” one. It looks really old and weathered to me. I think that is another I will duplicate many times.
Now all of these troughs will be outside all winter long in Ohio’s Zone 6. We have very cold winters and freeze for long periods of time, but I am not worried at all about the structure of the hypertufa. I expect it to survive well. But my plants, we shall see. I lost a few last year. Especially the delosperma which was suppposed to be hardy for this area.
I will say it is my fault this past year, but hope to have some more come spring!
Well, I hope you are enjoying the late fall, and are getting ready and positioning your pots for the winter. Don’t put it off too long, because when the snow comes, it is piling up fast.
If you haven’t already, store up some bags of soil, and perlite and peat moss. And get a bag of cement if you have space somewhere. These cool fall days are perfect to make more hypertufa, and they can set outside and cure all winter.
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