Ross & Ross Nursery has been family owned and operated since 1932. No, that’s not a typo – 89 years! As their business has grown over the years, so has their reputation as a local favorite. Maybe it’s because of their garden center that’s filled with everything from flowers to fertilizers. Or, maybe it’s their superior knowledge of landscape design. Whatever the reason, this local landmark has continued to evolve – offering customers even more goods and services.

At Ross & Ross, you can find a variety of ongoing classes. From wreath making to fairy gardens, the schedule is always changing. I was lucky enough to join in on a Hypertufa Workshop where I had the chance to make a Hypertufa pot of my own. Hypertufa pots come in all shapes and sizes. This workshop gave me the skills I need to make my own batch of pots.

A Hypertufa pot is a textured, rustic planter that closely resembles stone. Made from cement, perlite, sand, peat and water, these pots are almost unbreakable when made correctly. Your finished products can be used indoors or outdoors and can hold any kind of plant – personally, I think succulents look the best.

  1. Sift through your peat to remove any sticks or lumps then mix equal parts of peat and perlite.
  2. Next, add ½ part sand to the mix and blend together until homogenous.
  3. Add 1 ¼ parts Portland cement to the mixture and again, blend together.
  4. Next, you will begin to add water. You will need up to 1 part water but begin with half of that to start. The mixture should be wet enough to form a ball, so slowly mix in more water as needed.
  5. Take the container you selected as your mold and line with a plastic bag.
  6. Shovel the mixture into the container and begin working to form the pot. The sides and bottom of my pot were roughly 1-inch thick.
  7. If desired, add a drainage hole to the bottom of your pot.
  8. After you have finished shaping your pot, cover it up entirely with a plastic bag.
  9. 24 to 48 hours later, unwrap the pot, remove the mold and smooth or distress the sides and corners. Next, wet the pot and put back into the plastic bag.
  10. Store the pot for 1 to 2 weeks in an area above 60 degrees and keep moist.
  11. To prepare the pot for planting, leach the cement hydration products (lime) from the Hypertufa by allowing the rain to wash it or by hosing it down 10-20 times over multiple days.

I had a great time learning how to make these awesome pots. Be sure to check out Ross & Ross Nursery’s website and/or Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming classes. As we kick off Spring, here’s what they have planned so far.
Make a Hypertufa Pot
Thursday, April 15th @ 4pm
Saturday, April 24th @ 10am

Hypertufa Garden Make & Take
Thursday, May 20th @ 4pm
Saturday, May 22nd @ 10am
*This season, in-person classes will be held the 3rd Thursday and 4th Saturday of every month.

Also, be sure to check out the Paradise Lavender Farm across the street. The Lavender Farm is a place of peace and calmness surrounded by rows of purple aromatic beauty. A unique setting for bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties and more. There are also special birthday packages kids that include crafts and fairies.

The Paradise Lavender Farm and Enchanted Fairy Forest will open in May. For more information, check out the Paradise Lavender Farm Facebook page or email paradiselavenderfarm@gmail.com. ■

Ross & Ross Nursery
(570) 595-9760 | 5801 Paradise Valley Road • Cresco, PA
www.rossandrossnursery.com
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