How to Make Hypertufa Containers

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2-4 hours


Learn how to create lightweight hypertufa pots for succulents. These easy-to-make containers make beautiful centerpieces.


  • 1.5 parts Perlite
  • 1.5 parts Sphagnum peat moss
  • 1 part Portland Cement
  • 1 part water mixed with cement tint
Step 1

Arrange your plastic containers. Spray no-stick cooking spray on the inside of all your containers and on the outside of all your inserts. We used containers of various sizes and shapes, including several bought from The Home Depot paint department.

Step 2

Cut the drop cloth in two and arrange one piece on the ground. Wet the Sphagnum peat moss and set aside. Using gloves, safety glasses and a mask, mix Perlite and wet Sphagnum peat moss together by hand. Next, add in the dry Portland cement and continue mixing with your hands.

Step 3

In a well-ventilated area, add cement tint to water and stir with trowel. Slowly pour a small amount of tinted water into dry mixture. Using a trowel, begin mixing all hypertufa ingredients. Using the trowel to work in all the ingredients, keep adding water slowly until your mixture has a cottage cheese consistency.

Step 4

Using handfuls, fill the bottom of your plastic containers with hypertufa mixture and pack down. Push in inserts. Continue filling all your containers with the mixture in the same manner.

Step 5

Cover all your hypertufa containers with the other half of the drop cloth and let dry for up to two days. After containers begin to harden, remove plastic inserts and poke drainage holes in the bottom of your containers. Let dry additional time (up to three days). 

Step 6

Once completely dry, soak hypertufa containers with water once a week to remove residual lime from the cement because it could harm plants. 


  1. Wet the Sphagnum peat moss and squeeze out water before adding to mixture.
  2. Recipe makes about 4-6 containers depending on size.
  3. Prevent discoloration of your hypertufa containers by spraying no-stick cooking spray on paper towels before wiping the containers.
  4. Be patient because dry times vary according to climate and humidity.
  5. Use a mallet to release stubborn containers. If they’re plastic, you can always poke holes in the bottom using a screwdriver.
  6. Make extra containers for plant stands and follow the same instructions but without inserts so you have a solid piece.

Photos by Renee Valdes and Lucy Mercer

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