Homemade Pots & Planters

Hypertufa is a lightweight substitute for concrete, meant to imitate the feel of tufa, a light volcanic rock.  There are various recipes for hypertufa, and most commonly it is a mixture of Portland cement, vermiculite and peat moss and/or sand.  Pots, sculptures, and virtually any nonstructural items that can be made with concrete can also be made with hypertufa.

Hypertufa pots work especially well with cacti and succulents, but any plant that can grow in commercially made pots will be fine.  Just keep in mind that hypertufa is somewhat porous, so the soil will dry out more quickly than in a plastic or glazed ceramic pot. Here are is a representational sample of my work (not all of these pots are still available for sale).  If you are interested in purchasing pots, please contact me to see what is currently available or to discuss a special order.

        Stone Pot

A large planter painted with natural stone spray paint.

basket weave pot
This pot was cast in a woven basket, and painted to give a natural stone appearance.

big blue pot

A large blue bowl-shaped planter, cast in a plastic salad bowl

purple pot

A medium sized purple pot.

This rustic looking planter was cast in a cardboard box lined with plastic.

Colored Pots

Pots can be painted a variety of colors to give them a smoother, dramatic appearance.  The smaller square pots are about 4 1/2 " wide.
For more natural, subdued colors, a concrete colorant can be added to the mix.  (See pots in back row.)

Colored pots

Decorative stones can be added to accentuate the color of the pot and give it a more finished look.

Yellow Pot

Brightly colored pots make a statement and catch the eye.

round blue pot

Cast in a plastic bowl, this pot is 11" across.

navy blue pot

This one was cast in a wooden mold, with tapered sides

long pot

Pots can be made virtually any size.  This one is 18" long.

This large, traditional style pot was made using an inner and an outer wooden mold.



This planter was cast in a plastic pot purchased at a 99 cent store.

Another planter formed in a cardboard box lined with plastic. This one is about 6" square.

Hanging Succulent Garden


Hanging planter

Why not frame a garden? With the hanging succulent garden planter, you can literally hang a garden on a wall for everyone to enjoy. Of course, you will need to take it down every week or so to water! Above is a sample I made myself, using an idea described in Sunset Magazine.



If you have questions about these pots, or are interested in purchasing them, please contact me at: growherbsla@aol.com


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