Planting Your Hypertufa Container

Mike L
by Mike L
Making hypertufa containers can be great fun. Once completed, finding the right combination of plants can make your containers the focal point of your patio. Select plants that grow in similar conditions. In this container I used a dwarf or a mini hinoki cypress, sempervivums, sedum and thyme.
Potting soil that drains well is important for the success of your plants. I mix up my own. I uses small bark fines, chicken grit, turface, and some bagged potting soil. If you don't want to mix you own soil, you can buy potting soil labled "catus mix". It is also important to have drainage hole(s) in each container.
Rock Garden in a bowl.
These containers only need a small amount of fertilizer. I mix a weak solution of a liquid fertilizer and apply a couple times a year. I also add a small amount of time released fertilizer in the soil when I first plant.
Non hardy succulents (in my zone 6) like echeveria and sedum are very easy to grow in Hypertufa containers.
Hypertufa can be stained to get this layered effect.

Happy Planting!
Mike L
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  • Linda T Linda T on Aug 13, 2015
    I think my back is too old to make these, but I had the idea that if I do, I could use Old Jellos for colour. Do you think the sugar would spoil the mix, or might it work?
  • Mike L Mike L on Aug 14, 2015
    I have not tried jello but not sure it is strong enough to dye the mix. I use the liquid dye made for concrete. Linda find a friend to help with lifting the bag of Portland cement which is the only thing that is heavy. The pots are actually not as heavy as they look.