Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days , or until radicle emergence
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
Discover the amazing Quercus suber, the cork oak tree that is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. This medium-sized, evergreen oak is the primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and other uses, such as cork flooring. The cork oak forest provides habitat for diverse ecosystems, including endangered species like the Iberian lynx and Barbary macaque. Harvesting the cork does not harm the tree; in fact, it's a renewable resource. The European cork industry produces 300,000 tonnes of cork a year, with wine corks representing 66% of revenues. Plus, the cork left after stoppers have been made is used to make insulation panels, floor and wall tiles, and even for artistic uses. Explore the wonders of the Quercus suber and choose an eco-friendly material for your next home project.