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Seeking lightweight troughs

I know they are out there somewhere because I've seen them in the past at GCs and shows. I'm after alpine-style troughs/sinks that look just like stone, and you honestly really can only tell the difference when you pick them up and they are almost weightless, I guess they are made of some sort of resin/plastic. (These are not hypertufa or reconstituted stone.)

I've tried endless internet searches but cannot find them. Does anyone know of the brand name or know of a supplier so I can track them down?

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,142
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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,122

    You could always make your own using a suitable plastic crate and hypertufa. I did it with an old ammunition box found in the garden of my first house (near Catterick!) and it lasted over 30 years - needs re-doing now though, on the list for this year!

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,332

    Sandyv, I asked this question of the alpine specialist who was using lightweight, realistic troughs for displaying his plants at the Harrogate show last year, and he said it was his most often-asked question!  They are no longer made as the company went out of business some years ago, and in spite of requests they've not made their "recipe" and moulds available to anyone else.  I agree, they genuinely could be mistaken for the real thing.  I think they were made of blown resin.  

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  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 99

    Oh dear, at least I now know not to waste any more time searching for them. Thanks.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,332

    Sandyv, I've just come back from the Harrogate show, where the Alpine Garden Society stand had these planters:

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    They're not as good as the commercial ones you & I have been looking for, but they had a board explaining how they made them:

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    It's an idea, anyway...  image

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  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 99

    Thanks Liriodendron, that is worth investigating more fully. I've got some poly boxes so might give it a try.

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Great post Liriodendron image.   The finished planter looks wonderful planted up, and the step by step instructions are easy to follow.  Such a simple idea, I love it ?

    Hope you had a good time at Harrogate, thanks for sharing this idea.

  • sandyvsandyv Posts: 99

    Also, I guess that by applying a slightly more imaginative paint job to the outside, you could improve it further or change the look slightly. I might need to invest in a cooks blowtorch though.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,332

    The results weren't uniformly convincing - and I think it would work best for shallow boxes, like the one shown, because the weight of soil is considerable.  The blowtorch seems to make the surface look less like expanded polystyrene, but is going to produce nasty fumes, I think.  I was trying to imagine other ways of tackling the surface, like textured masonry paint or something.  I think a few experiments are required, using waste polystyrene packaging first so as not to spoil the fish boxes.  Definitely an opportunity to muck about and get messy...   image

    I had a great time at the show, thanks Kitty.  image

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