Have on hand surgical gloves and several sizes of used (but clean) Ziploc bags.
Depending on the size of the Ziploc bags, take a handful or two of the hypertufa mix, placing it inside the bag.
both hands with thumbs to the center, gradually press the lump into the
bag, making a depression in the middle. Deepen the depression until
the mix is fully into the corners of the bag.
Make a hole carefully into the bottom, going through the hypertufa mix.
Leave your pinch pot to dry for at least a few days. The bag can be cut off or peeled away from the pinch pot.
Use coarse grade sandpaper or a wire brush to take off any burrs, and allow the pot to dry completely.
Some hypertufa crafters immerse the finished and dry pots into a bucket or container of water to cure it.
After the hypertufa pinch pots are completely cured, you can put a small amount of soil mix in and plant your selected plants. The soil mix must be well drained – use an equal amount of sterilized potting soil and pumice or perlite.
Wondering What to Plant in Your Hypertufa Pinch Pots?
Moss also makes a charming plant in tiny containers – a perfect choice for the rustic appearance of hypertufa pinch pots.
Bonsai will also like these for the excellent drainage and shallow root run. Try some Sedum populifolium pruned into a bonsai shape, or even Crassula argentea, the jade tree for a tender succulent option.
Winter Care for Your Hypertufa Pinch Pots
For the winter, as many plants won’t be hardy out of the ground in
extreme temperatures, heel the whole pot into a leaf pile or garden bed
to be unearthed once spring comes again.
This method will also protect the pot itself from freezing solid and possibly cracking.
option is to take the plants out and heel them in separately, and store
the pot in a dry area until spring, when you can re-plant with the same
or different plants.