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How to Make Hypertufa Pots

Updated on February 3, 2016
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Make Your Own Artificial Stone Planter

Hypertufa planters are strong, lightweight, resistant to the weather, and decorative. They can be used for succulents, or any other kind of plant you want to put in the planter. It's easy to make your own Hypertufa planters. Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) is an imitation of tufa, which is a type of limestone.

Hypertufa is made by mixing peat moss, portland cement, and perlite. It looks just like concrete. You can find these products at any local building supply store.

Hypertufa is perfect for plants because it's porous and although it looks like concrete, it's a lot lighter than concrete. Start today and make your cachepot or planting pot!

Recipe For Hypertufa Planting Pots

Make Your Own Plant Pots With This Hypertufa Recipe

My hypertufa recipe is quite easy and you'll find it similar to most of the other recipes for hypertufa makers.

  • One part pure portland cement
  • One part peat moss
  • One part perlite

All of these items can be bought at your local building supply store. I've been able to find everything at Lowes and Home Depot. Wally World doesn't have the portland cement, but it does have the perlite and peat moss.

It can be a bit tricky with the water. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add the water in gradually, stopping to mix each time. Once the mixture looks like "cottage cheese" stop. If you can form it into a ball without it falling apart then there is enough water.

You can put the mixture in a pre-made hypertufa mold. The mold can be any shape but be aware that the mixture will stick to the container and you will not be able to remove it unless you line it with plastic or use some sort of barrier such as vegetable oil or vaseline on the inside surface.

Hypertufa Cracking

Sealing Hypertufa

Depending on the weather conditions where you live, you may need to reinforce your hypertufa pot as they may crack. To stop your hypertufas from cracking or crumbling, you can reinforce it with chicken wire. Hypertufa can also be sealed with a water proofing sealant available from most hardware stores.

Making Hypertufa - How to Mix Hypertufa

Instructions for Making Hypertufa - Build Your Own Planter

Buy Hypertufa Pots - Hypertufa Containers for Purchase

You can buy hypertufa pots and you can also buy hypertufa kits so you can make your own cachepots and planters. People are amazed at how much these plant pots look like concrete. Check out the listings on ebay.

Tell us about your hypertufa! - Do you make it yourself or do you buy hypertufa?

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    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: The water is the tricky part and getting the right consistency. Sometimes it takes a bit of experimenting to get it just right. Good luck!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the article! I am planning on making my first one this weekend. I am going to build a deep one for planting potatoes in and plan on using a garbage can wheelbase to keep it mobile. Any thoughts or ideas, or tips?

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I've made a few pots. It's fun and they look heavy but are extremely light. You've inspired me to do it again.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      One of these days, I am going to make a hypertufa. I got on a kick several years ago but never followed through. Maybe you have inspired me.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for introducing hypertufa planters to me, this would be so fun to do someday if I ever get to have a yard again.


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