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Update 2020 Cork Bark and cork bark tubes. The perfect home for reptiles, nesting birds and mounting orchids.

 

WE are now down to 10% cork left.

Dont hesitate.

 

reprinted from 2017

Hello and big news.  03.09.2017

Eighteen pallets of the finest cork bark flats and tubes are now being unpacked at AON

It is the LAST consignment too be imported due to new extra strict quarrantine laws.

We paid a premium price for the finest handselected pieces and they will become available soon.

      

We have always had Virgin Cork Bark for sale here at the Nursery.

Just click on the cork word in 'Shop By Type"

Cork is a very useful material, especially as it makes the most ideal mount for dry growing orchids. That are those that normally come from areas of lower rainfall or areas of high monsoon that may be dry for 9 months of the year. Examples in mind are Dockrillias from the western side of the Great Dividing Range such as bowmannii, and fleshier Dockrillias such as lingiuiformis, cucumerimum and other succulent orchids.  Rupicosious Laelias are another that respond well. Actually I have found that all the Cattleya alliance love attaching themselves to it and flower well.

 

Our selection for sale is here

https://www.australianorchids.com.au/collections/types?q=Cork&sort_by=created-descending

 

What makes virgin and second peel cork so useful are that no insect of fungus seems to attack it. The mounts usually stay in perfect condition for years and years.Reptile and turtle and frog collectors love it as its virtually sterile and light as well very sculptural in appearance. It also makes an excellent home for insects and spiders in tanks. I personally have a pet red back spider in a cork tube within a scorpion tank here in the office at the nursery.

      

Over the years we have sold virgin cork for many uses. Zoos, aquariums and even a music sound recording studio (to deaden excess sound!). It is often hard to find where to buy cork bark, sometimes very expensive, and quantities are often limited.

The reason for this is that the Cork Oak Trees (Quercus subur) takes 60 years to mature before it can be harvested. Then and only once, can it be harvested of the "Virgin" cork. The rough and sculptured virgin cork bark is visually very attractive with its deep grooves and lines.

Then after 10 more years the tree can be harvested again, but then it becomes "Second peel' and looks very different. More woody and less ridged. It is usually cheaper and thicker. Suited to slicing through its thickness like a loaf of bread.

The third crop is "Cork Tubes". These are the rarest and hardest to obtain as they come only from well dead trees that have been allowed to rot out, leaving only the 'Gloves" of cork bark!   These are perfect for quirky pets to hide and sleep in! We have thousands of individual pieces for sale. Maybe phone us and we will help you find the perfect piece.

  



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  • GLen vIllers on

    I’m really after bits and pieces,

  • Simon on

    Im chasing some natural cork bark for an art project. Would ideally be looking for enough to cover a couple of meters square.

    I live in Perth WA. Is postage an option?

    Could you possibly email me with some prices. Thanks.

  • Lachlan on

    Hi I am building a reptile enclosure and I would like some cork bark to put in it. I live in south australia in adelaide would you please be able to contact my email and see if it’s possible for pricing and postage costs if it’s possible.
    I would need a couple of pieces that are about half a meter to a meter

  • Gavin Lloyf on

    Hello I’m chasing some natural cork bark for a large vivarium.
    I love in Townsville QLD, is postage a possibility? Also chasing a price for the cork and postage if available.
    Thanks Gavin



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