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Using Wine Corks as orchid medium

This is a discussion on Using Wine Corks as orchid medium within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Now we have to decide what sort of cork was being used on what type ...

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    Now we have to decide what sort of cork was being used on what type of wine and vintage. I have no trouble using white wine corks with my mini orchids where I split the cork lengthwise and make a sandwich to hold the mini orchid which is wrapped in live sphagnum moss. This is held together by tying mono line in the middle and supported by mono line to hang upright in the mini orchid corner of the greenhouse. I sometimes burnish the cork with a course sandpaper to give it a more 'natural' look and maybe affords better mini-root adhesion. But with red wine or old vintage corks, I have found them to be a bit more acid for mini-orchids and even with some of the larger orchids. So I soak the whole corks in water for a couple of days and then as an added benefit when dry, I burn them slightly in the BBQ pit to impart a charred look which I have found the orchids definitely preferred.

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    A few orchids i have recieved have had both red and white wine corks used in the media. The one the catt was on was red wine too. When i queried about acidity, the response was

    "Soak for a week in 2 parts lime (the ground CaCO3, not the fruit) and 3parts untreated water (if you dont have untreated water, stand it for about 4 days to let the chlorine and fluoride diffuse out as gas). Drain every two days and replace."

    It works a treat! And use it for white and red corks, because even though red wine is more acidic, that is caused by the tannins, and white wine as only slightly les acidic.

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    As I am the sort of person who is always willing to help other orchid enthusiasts, I would like it known that I am willing to help all those who use wine bottle corks as a potting medium.

    Send me your bottles of wine and I will guarantee to send back your corks ready to use.

    I prefer whites but I can handle reds and fortifieds. Satisfaction guaranteed!

    Scrubber

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    I have a few home-made cork mounts. What I do is I set them side by side and form a sort of mat. I run laundry wire through the center of each of them sideways, upwards and downwards to keep them together. I prefer it this way than using the glue gun as they stay better and are more robust and long-lasting.

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    Great responses Using them to make a mount is a pretty cool idea.

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    Would the glue used on the cork board, be detrimental to the orchid? The glue would have to be one of the strong kind, which usually have a chemical background? heh?

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    The glue I use is water based no more nails. I use the same to glue plants on to flat sheets if compressed cork.

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Size:  1.2 KBThanks for that. We have that glue here.

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    Ha!ha! good idea, I can start using them.......quite nice looking.

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