How to Make Hypertufa Pots

Hypertufa pots are perfect for the container garden, as the lightweight and porous pots can be made at home in any size.

You can use a wicker basket as a hypertufa pot mold.You can use a wicker basket as a hypertufa pot mold.
Hypertufa is a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss and vermiculite that was first developed by European gardeners to replicate volcanic tufa rock. An old wicker basket, which will be destroyed in the process, works well for use as a hypertufa pot mold, providing a decorative basket weave design on the outside of the finished pot.

Put on the dust mask and rubber gloves. Add the 5 lbs. Portland cement, 5 lbs. peat moss and 5 lbs. vermiculite to the wheelbarrow and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Add water, 1 cup at a time, while mixing, until the hypertufa mixture is the consistency of oatmeal.

Trowel the hupertufa mixture into the wicker basket. Push the mixture up against the insides of the basket, creating walls and a floor with a thickness of 1 1/2 inches.

Push your finger through the bottom of the hypertufa pot to create a drainage hole.

Let the hypertufa pot dry for 48 hours. Remove the wicker basket with the wire cutters to reveal the completed pot.

Things You Will Need

  • Dust mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • 5 lbs. Portland cement
  • 5 lbs. peat moss
  • 5 lbs. vermiculite
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel
  • Wicker basket
  • Wire cutters

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.