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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; This is another orchid hanger, made with some very good vintage champagne corks. (Made, while ...

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    This is another orchid hanger, made with some very good vintage champagne corks. (Made, while a bit tipsy).

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    Ooh I'm jealous of your champagne. I'm also using champagne corks, but not the expensive kind. More in the $10-$12 range, hehe. I just brought a new dendro home yesterday and sort of randomly decided to use the corks under the pot for more air. I'm waiting to repot until flowering's done, and I had been planning to use a bark medium, but after reading this thread maybe I will try a pot full of corks instead. It's my first dendro but from what I understand they like it dry and airy, which seems to make sense with corks. Perhaps a cork / bark mix?

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    My corks are mainly from the $10 range. Real cheapo. I also made my granddaughter one and she now has her first orchid to look after. Some people on another thread, use corks incorporated into the bottom of the potting mix, instead of packing peanuts. I don't know if these would hold water too long. Any thoughts anyone?

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    I've used the imitation corks cut up at the bottom of some pots and they seem to be working out okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otis226 View Post
    I've used the imitation corks cut up at the bottom of some pots and they seem to be working out okay.
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    Hello? Care for the planet?. What's with this synthetic cork. I wonder what the chemical makeup is in these. Cork is a natural product and is harvested from the trunk of the tree, without harming it. Name:  questionmark.gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie View Post
    Hello? Care for the planet?. What's with this synthetic cork. I wonder what the chemical makeup is in these. Cork is a natural product and is harvested from the trunk of the tree, without harming it. Name:  questionmark.gif
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    Wooo Rosie, Relax and take a breath and maybe THINK a minute. These synthetic corks are already here, I didn't create them and I'm sure they're better in the bottom of some of my pots then in a land fill...so Please get a grip. Plus, they're using less and less natural cork in the wine industry in case you weren't aware of it, so natural product or not, they're just not available very often anymore.
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    This is a pretty neat idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by otis226 View Post
    Wooo Rosie, Relax and take a breath and maybe THINK a minute. These synthetic corks are already here, I didn't create them and I'm sure they're better in the bottom of some of my pots then in a land fill...so Please get a grip. Plus, they're using less and less natural cork in the wine industry in case you weren't aware of it, so natural product or not, they're just not available very often anymore.
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    Relax Tony. I'm well aware of the use of synthetic corks. Being a wine drinker, natural cork is becoming a dinosaur. I am all for reusing whatever, it can be done. Let me know in a couple of months down the track, how these are working in your potting schedule. Have a great day, from me "Downunder".Name:  cheer.gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie View Post
    Relax Tony. I'm well aware of the use of synthetic corks. Being a wine drinker, natural cork is becoming a dinosaur. I am all for reusing whatever, it can be done. Let me know in a couple of months down the track, how these are working in your potting schedule. Have a great day, from me "Downunder".Name:  cheer.gif
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    Will do Rosie, but I only used them in one or maybe two pot bottoms, as I didn't have many to try. I'm certain they are made of an inert material since they are used as wine corks, so I'm sure it'll be fine, and if anything are less absorbant than real cork wine stoppers. Certainly less full of 'chemicals' than styro peanuts that most folks use for drainage. Didn't want to get too excited, but it soundled like I was being verbally assalted for not caring for the earth, which could not be farther from the truth.
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Size:  131.8 KBCorks are fun and novel but I need something more substantial. A friend of mine had a stack of compressed cork that was used for insulation in freezers. The only thing that is a problem is it crumbles if you are not carefull when cutting it. There is no problem once the orchid wraps it's roots arround.

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