Put a cork in it

This spring our Meyer lemon tree needed replanting.  I have been saving corks for several years now; my big plan is to insulate Scott’s office wall – if I ever accumulate enough.

Cork collection

However, when I saw this idea in an urban farming magazine, I decided to sacrifice some of my precious corks for the project.

Cork mulch around the potted Meyer lemon

Turning the corks upside down exposed the ends variably-stained by wine

Corks covering the soil will reduce dehydration – a common problem with (my) houseplants

I really like the random coloured pattern of the stained cork ends.  Ideally the corks would sit well inside the pot, but Scott had already transplanted the tree before I remembered my plan.  Hopefully it will work!

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3 Responses to Put a cork in it

  1. Jeremy says:

    Fabulous! I tend to save corks to use as cane-toppers, but this might be a better idea. Presumably you could slice them in all in half if you didn’t have enough, although it would make a thinner layer. Good luck with the wall insulation project – you’ve got some drinking to do…

  2. Nancy says:

    We may try this! Thanks for the idea.

  3. Shelley says:

    What a great idea! Keeps the plant hydrated, looks nice, and stops the pesky weeds from springing up where you don’t want them.

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