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Hypertufa Garden Art

Updated on September 9, 2013

What exactly is Hypertufa?

Hypertufa (from the Latin hyper (over, excessively) and tufus (crumbly volcanic stone), is a lightweight manmade stone intended as a substitute for natural Tufa rock. Natural Tufa rock is a porous cellular rock found in limestone rich areas and has for centuries been hollowed out and carved for sinks, bath tubs, animal troughs, planters, decorative stepping stones and so on.

Hypertufa is made of several different aggregates and mixed with portland cement. It looks like rock, can be cast into almost any shape, is environmentally friendly, very lightweight and can also withstand harsh weather conditions. It is primarily used as garden art and is fairly easy and fun to make. Hypertufa creations are very durable and will last many years with no care.

Why is Hypertufa better than other planting containers?

Here are some answers:

  • Lighter than concrete
  • Won't crack like plastic, clay and ceramic
  • can withstand harsh weather conditions (No need to bring them in for the winter)
  • Last for many years
  • Retains moisture, so plants thrive even with less frequent watering
  • Drains well
  • Create mini landscapes in them that can be left outside all year
  • Looks great
  • Plants love them
  • You can make it at home

Hypertufa can be cast into a variety of shapes which, when dry, can resemble ancient stone or aged concrete. There are a number of different recipes to produce hypertufa. Which will you choose depends on what end result you are desiring - Lightweight? More durable? Want to carve it?...and so on. Hypertufa offers almost limitless possibilities of garden ornaments that can be made. You are limited only by your imagination.




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      3 years ago

      Do these have to cure for any amount of time before using them? My sister in law told me they have to cure for three months.

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      6 years ago

      Iam about to try making some hypertufa planters and spheres. Your film helped give me some confidence. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      oh boy, i thought i knew a lot about gardening. this is fascinating. i'm going to try this this Spring...

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      11 years ago

      Oh, I forgot to add, the video was really helpful too.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, I stumbled onto your site and learned something new! I never even heard of hypertufa before, but this looks really cool. I love crafty, do it yourself ideas and I think I will have to look into this further, the products really look great. Thanks for making this page!


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