Hypertufa Sphere

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)

Hypertufa panty hose form

Hypertufa panty hose form

I've been struggling with this project for quite a while, but finally managed to produce less of a sphere, more of an egg - so it's a dinosaur egg! Now spilling over with some of my favorite hardy succulents, Sempervivum, it adds a bit of fun to an overgrown spot, or to the base of a water feature.

I could see this grouped with many others, all with little plants overflowing.

To make it I started with a length of panty hose cut from the leg portion.

I tied a knot in one end, filled it with dry potting soil, then tied the other end. I started layering on my favorite soil cement hypertufa, using three parts sifted sandy soil, two parts Portland cement powder, one part Perlite and one part Peat moss.

It was fairly wet, which tended to slump off, so I had to make several attempts to cover the panty hose form, each time layering over what had already been done.

After it dried and cured, I untied the knot in the end of the panty hose, and pulled most of the soil out, but as the panty hose was stuck on the inside of the sphere, I left it and planted several types of Sempervivum, or hens and chicks into the hole in the end.

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May 06, 2013
Love These!
by: Granny Gee

I LOVE these little eggs. They bring to mind a geode with all of it's wonderful insides spilling out. BRILLIANT !!!

Oct 14, 2013
by: Flo

I have seen spheres done with cheap plastic balls or beach balls that can be punctured to remove.I will be trying this and your hands soon. My garden club is having a program to teach novice hypertufa,but I am more ambitious. I can't wait..

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