Concrete and Hypertufa are made differently.
For concrete pots, statues and alphabet letters, we mix cement and sand or stone with water, making sure to remove all the lumps. We then pour the mixed concrete into molds that we have either purchased or made ourselves. The concrete sets up overnite, or in some cases, for several days. We remove the concrete from the mold and stain the piece. In the case of flower pots, we fill them with soil, succulents, plants and miniature concrete statues, that include birds, turtles, bunnies and buddhas. The concrete piece is then ready for sale.
Hypertufa pots are very popular because they are lightweight. Hypertufa is about 1/3 the weight of concrete and it lets water pass through, making it ideal for succulents which don't like water. To make hypertufa, we mix cement, peat moss and special lightweight material together with water to make a mixture. We then take bowls of different shapes and hand mould the hypertufa mixture in the shape of the bowl. We then store the hypertufa in a cool wet place for 4-6 weeks, taking care to spray each piece with water every 2-3 days. After the hypertufa piece has cured, we soak it in water for at least 24 hours, then put it in the sun for about 2 weeks to further cure and dry. We fill them with soil, succulents, plants and miniature concrete statues, that include birds, turtles, bunnies and buddhas. The hypertufa piece is now ready for sale.