The right way to plant troughs, Hypertufa, Tufa

How to plant troughs, Hypertufa, Tufa

Hypertufa is a forged “rock-like” materials which can be utilized for comparatively cheap bonsai pots and slabs for plantings. It seems to be like rock, could be forged into nearly any form, may be very light-weight and likewise robust sufficient to resist the freeze/thaw cycle of most northern climates. The American Rock Backyard Society makes use of the next primary recipe to create alpine troughs. They are often textured wherever from very clean to a tough rocky search for a “pure pot”.

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Dry Portland cement
Builder’s sand, traction sand, “sandbox” sand; can have comparatively massive stone particles blended in (in reality, provides to the feel!)
Peat moss, sifted to take away bigger lumps and overseas objects
“Regular” backyard selection perlite, sifted to take away bigger lumps.
Pure vermiculite. Many seed starters additionally comprise some sort of compost and/or peat blended in. This won’t work!
“Shredded” fiberglass fibers (so as to add power)
Concrete Dye (elective)

All the following mixtures are used the identical approach. Combine all the dry components nicely, after which slowly add water till you get a thick “mud pie” texture. Form (pour right into a mildew) and let treatment. Curing can take 1 to 2 months! Molds could be made a number of methods. One which I feel can be pretty straightforward can be to make an inverted “bowl” form in sand, after which line the sand with plastic (like a heavy rubbish bag). After placing the moist hypertufa into the mildew, cowl it with the plastic and let it treatment coated for a number of days. Then uncover it for the remaining treatment time. After it cures, you may tough it up with a wire brush, or lower it with a noticed. Add drainholes as required utilizing a screw driver or drill. If you’d like a tough end, you could must “soften” any uncovered fiberglass utilizing a propane torch or a candle.


1 half cement, 1 half sand, 2 components peat
1 half cement, 1.5 components sand, 1.5 components peat

I personally haven’t used any of those mixtures, though I did see an illustration of this in October of 1993, and I noticed the cured slabs in November of 1993. Take into accout that the finer the combination, the smoother the feel of the completed product.

Hypertufa by Mike Bartolone

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