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Sterilize cork bark?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by pontupo, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. pontupo

    pontupo Member

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    I just got a bunch of cork bark and intend to mount some Angraecums this weekend. I feel like I've seen something recently about sterilizing or otherwise preparing cork bark before using it for mounting. Any recommendations on whether or not to do this and if so how to go about it?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't sterilize it.
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    You don't "have to" do anything for virgin cork. I never do anything to them before I use. If you really worry about something in the bark, bake them in oven at 275F for an hour or so.
    If the cork slabs have been used before and you want to reuse them for something else, you should brush them clean first then bake them in oven at 275-300F for two hours.
     
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    Ah ha! It was the baking I'd heard of. Must have been in the context of reuse or "untrustworthy" cork ;)

    Thanks!!
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    For the record, I don't recommend reusing cork. It is just not worth all of the troubles and risks.
     
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    Definitely seemed like a pain when it didn't cost a whole heck of a lot. I'll keep your advice in mind.
     
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    I don't sterilize unless I'm reusing it, in which case I first boil for 10-20 mins, then bake it dry for a couple of hours. The boiling smells kind of funky, though, and I have enough fresh cork around that I haven't done this in a while.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Where do you all get your bark?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They closed their doors about a month or 2 ago. There are new owners and it is supposed to be in Sacramento. Last time I looked they said they were taking orders but I don't know much more than that.

    Maryland Cork Company sells good cork too.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I hope they are still doing business since they took my Paypal money this morning. I'll let you know.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've been waiting for them to restock some of the items I get from them for almost 3 years now. Hopefully the new company will be restocking things like the 5A sphagnum moss and some of the little planters I use. Do let us know what happens.
     
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    I always recommend Maryland Cork Co, too. A wonderful old couple run the company....Their price is very reasonable(the cheapest price that I can find in U.S.) but I don't know anything about the shipping and handling charges though. If I go to Phili, I'll stop and hand-pick my cork. I do that once every three years or when I run out of cork.
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Yes Maryland Cork is the place to get cork. It's much cheaper than anywhere else. I'm not sure if they ship though I always thought you had to go pick it up.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I know they do ship nationwide.
     
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    O nice that's good to know! Thanks Tom!
     
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    As far I remember, they always ship. The shipping wasn't too bad 10 years ago. I would imagine the shipping would be significantly more now. Few years ago, a fellow grower who lived in west coast then complained about how steep the shipping charge was, but back then, he wasn't buying large quantity, so the shipping might be relatively high. I probably will have hard time to accept $10 shipping charge for $10 cork too, but I understand the seller has to set a min. shipping charge to cover the cost and time.
     
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    I've had them ship to the west coast.
     
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    I haven't had time to get to Maryland cork lately, so had them ship me a box of flats. They only sell in fill boxes that weigh between 30-35# (a LOT of cork), and even though they're only 75 miles from here, they charged $4 for the box and $23.50 in shipping.
     
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    Ray, that is very cheap for that big of box and that heavy, isn't it? I thought it would be more even if it is only 75 miles away( and as you know, the box doesn't go from their warehouse directly to your house....). $23.50 is just enough for gas money if you drive a pick-up truck or UV 150 miles to pick them up by yourself........... Many of the retailers will charge more than double for the cork and much bigger % of shipping and handling. and O/C it will cost more than $24 to ship to west coast.

    Maryland Cork Co. used to ship smaller amount and they might/should still do, so people should call and ask....and don't just order a couple of pieces and cry over the shipping, trust me, 10-20# of cork don't last very long.

    FYI, they also sell cork tubes.

    A group order with your OS members is a good idea if you don't need that much.
     
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