Small hypertufa pinch pots just big enough for a few Sempervivum and a little Sedum to trail over the edge are easy, fun and quick to make.
Their rustic appearance combined with the solid construction adds another dimension to what might otherwise be a tame and uninspired grouping.
Make hypertufa from the recipe and see the entire Hypertufa Pinch Pots tutorial on this page.
Each is unique, each has different tiny plants in, growing at different rates depending on their characteristics.
They are mulched with pebbles, lava rock or other small mineral mulch to keep the moisture levels more even.
They only hold about a cup or two of soil; plant choice is crucial.
The best choices of plants for these exquisite little planters are Sempervivum arachnoideum, which can reach only about 2cm across (half an inch), Jovibarba species such as Jovibarba sobolifera, and some of the tiny Sedum such as Sedum pluricaule, Sedum album ‘Faro Form’ and many others.
Look for those species and varieties that are small in stature from the Sedum for Containers page.
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.
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. If your winter temperatures seldom go below freezing, you can safely ignore this recommendation.
This method will also protect the pot itself from freezing solid and possibly cracking.
Another 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.