How to make Hypertufa Troughs

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What are hypertufa troughs? Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) is a mixture of peat moss, perlite, cement and water.

Old stone watering troughs in England could be found in farmer’s fields, sometimes built into stone walls to provide water for two fields of livestock.

Traditional Stone Water Trough  in Britain

Traditional Stone Water Trough in Britain, Wikipedia Commons Photographer Roger Nunn

These troughs are usually one-of-a-kind, and very rare and desirable to alpine gardeners and plant collectors and are very expensive and heavy, as well.

There is a natural volcanic rock called tufa, which has also been used by gardeners. There are a few natural deposits found around the world, some in Britain, some in North America and various other areas. In the 1800′s, English gardeners found that by mixing certain ingredients they could make a light weight version of stone troughs. In time, hypertufa will develop the look of weathered stone.

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One thought on “How to make Hypertufa Troughs

  1. lantanagurl says:

    Thanks for sharing my post! BTW, I just love the name of your blog:) I’ll be romancing the bee myself this summer. Virgin beekeeper here & I’m so looking forward to the adventure!

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