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(Grand Forks, B.C.)
Hypertufa made in a basket
Finding lots of old baskets in the thrift store and garage sales left me trying to find a use for them.
If I planted my collection of succulents right in them, they rotted out in a season or two, so I wanted to make them more durable.
I finally hit on the idea of using them as molds for hypertufa, first lining them with drycleaner plastic or other thin plastic film.
After the hypertufa is dry, I just cut the basket away, leaving a pattern on the outside surface of the hypertufa pot.
Then I can plant Sedum or Sempervivum, or other tender succulent plants in them for the summer.
The hardy plants just stay in the pot for the winter - after the first season outside I stopped worrying about the pot cracking or the plants dying, as it came through beautifully.