Will my Cork Buds outgrow their corks?
Yes and No. The succulent Cork Buds are basically baby plants, so while we have chosen plants that are happy in small containers and grow slowly, at some point they will enjoy the freedom to become fully grown adults. When that happens (usually in several months), you can simply replant them into a larger pot and then bring your old Cork Bud cork back to get a new plant at a discounted price!
The airplant Cork Buds on the other hand are very happy in their little corks and should not outgrow their homes. The airplants that we use are small varieties and they tend to grow only to the size of their container. Of course, should you decide to remove your plant you can always bring back your empty cork for a refill.
How much water will they need?
Both the airplant and succulent varieties are related to the cactus, so they will need SOME water...just not a lot. Each purchase comes with a Care Guide, but basically all you need to know is that you will have to give your Cork Bud a couple squirts of water once or twice a week. Some varieties have slightly different water needs, but if that is the case you will be told about their specific needs when you purchase them.
How much light will they need?
Succulent Cork Buds do best with a lot of sunlight. You should put them near a window if possible. Airplant Cork Buds prefer indirect or partial sun, or even fluorescent lighting. Most lights are fluorescent these days, so as long as your airplant Cork Buds are getting enough of it, they'll be fine!
How do I know if I have a succulent or an airplant?
If your plant is spikey and has no roots or soil, then it's probably an airplant. If your plant has rounded leaves and appears to be rooted into soil in the cork, it's probably a succulent. Most likely you were told what you purchased, but if you are unsure then you can always send us a picture and we will be happy to tell you all about your little Cork Bud! We are on facebook, instagram, and twitter (@corkbuds), and you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my Cork Buds flower?!
Many plants flower at some point, however it is hard to predict exactly when this will happen and also depends upon its care and environment. All happy airplants will flower once in their lives, and then they give off "pups" that will grow into new airplants! The flowers look different on each variety of airplant, but they are always beautiful and can often last for many months. If you want a plant that might flower soon, look for one that is turning color at the center of its leaves.
I kill everything. Are you sure I won't kill Cork Buds too?
No, of course I'm not sure. But I can tell you that I've had people who have said the same exact thing, bought Cork Buds, and come back a couple months later to proudly tell me that they were still alive! Succulents and airplants are some of the hardiest of all plants. If you have ever wanted to try to have a plant, Cork Buds are your best bet. I can pretty much guarantee that they will live for at least 2 weeks no matter what you do...so if you are getting them as a gift for someone they won't die before you get them off your hands! That I can promise.
What do I do if my Cork Bud dies?
That would be sad. No plant can truly replace your original little Cork Bud, however if you bring it back to us you can pick out a new one at a discounted price. Or if you are attached to your specific cork just give us a week and we can replant it for you.
Cork is the perfect container for succulents and airplants because it allows the plants to breathe. The plants that live in Cork Buds do not like to be wet for too long, so it is important that their containers do not retain too much moisture.
Cork itself is a wonderfully sustainable raw material. Once a cork tree reaches maturity, it can be continuously harvested for cork every 10 years without negatively impacting the tree. Contrary to popular belief, there is NOT a cork shortage--many years ago there were some issues with contaminated cork, and so the industry created plastic corks and twist caps. Since then, the contamination issue has been resolved, but the industry has perpetuated the cork shortage myth because manufacturing plastic and twist caps is a lot cheaper than paying for skilled laborers to harvest and create corks. The plastic and twist caps also create more waste and pollution in the environment.
Every time you purchase a bottle of wine with a real cork or a Cork Bud, you are helping the environment and supporting a skilled cork harvester who has practiced his family craft for generations--don't put these workers out of a job! If you would like to learn more please visit: http://www.corkforest.org/faq_cork_facts.php
How do your Custom Cork Buds work?
Custom Cork Buds are a great way to personalize your Cork Buds. If you have a special cork that you would like turned into a Cork Bud, just bring it to us along with any special requests.
Do you offer bulk pricing (like for a wedding or shower)?
Yes! Email us and we would be happy to give you more information.
Do you ship?
Yes! Anywhere in the U.S.
Can I bring my Cork Buds on a plane?
I am not an authority on airport security, however I can tell you that Cork Buds have successfully made many journeys in carry-on and also checked baggage on domestic flights. Many people have purchased Cork Buds with the intention of bringing them home somewhere internationally, however I do not know for a fact that they made it through customs. If you are one of those people...let me know how it went! Airplant Cork Buds do not have soil or roots, so they should not be an issue.
What if my fridge isn't magnetic?!
Cork Buds aren't just for your fridge! They will stick anywhere a magnet will stick. Most wall corners are enforced with steel underneath the paint. Many apartment front doors are metal. Window frames. Even a nail in the wall will work. Staplers. Metal desks. I even had one customer put theirs on their microwave! Have fun and get adventurous!
My magnet fell out! Now what?!
We use super-strong glue and do everything possible to get those strong little (Rare Earth) magnets to stay in there, but sometimes magnets just fall out. Sorry about that, but just bring back your healthy Cork Bud (preferably with the old magnet), and exchange it for a brand new comparable Cork Bud. Please be careful to keep loose magnets away from small children!
Oh no! My cat ate my Cork Bud!
Don't worry, the plants are not poisonous for your cat. If you would like, bring in your old Cork Bud and exchange it for a new one at a discounted price. Put your new one up high and hope for the best!
My Cork Bud is looking sad. What should I do?
Take a picture and send it to us! Also give us a little info about where you are keeping it and how often you are watering it. We'd be happy to try to diagnose your problem and troubleshoot a treatment. Also check #corkbudscaretip on instagram to see if we may have addressed your issues in past posts.
Does Cork Buds have a retail store?
Not yet! Our market booths are our retail stores at the moment.
Follow us on facebook, instagram or twitter (@corkbuds) to get updates about where we will be vending. We keep this website up-to-date as well, so check the "Where to Buy" section. You can also order right off of this website in the "Shop" section.
Can I order online?
Yes! Go to the "Shop" section of this website and shop away!
Have a question that wasn't answered here?
Just contact us via email or any social media outlet, and we would be happy to answer any further questions. We also welcome feedback!