Prepare your bromeliads by using secateurs to cut them away from other plants (or de-potting, if needed) and stripping off dead or ugly leaves.
Using long-handled handsaw and stepladder, prepare tree by cutting away any dead leaves overhanging the trunk.
Measure circumference of tree with tape measure. Cut wires to this length, plus an extra 25cm. (The extra length is required to tie the bromeliad onto trunk.) Cut 1 wire per bromeliad.
Starting in the middle of the wire, wrap it around bromeliad a few times.
Determine desired finished height of your living artwork. Then, starting at the top, secure first bromeliad onto tree trunk by wrapping the wire around tree and twisting ends together.
Work your way around tree trunk from top to bottom, repeating to secure all plants in place – this gives a seamless finish as the plants hide the wire.
Add a good layer of compost to garden bed below tree to prepare for planting. Plant out garden bed with a selection of bromeliads and succulents in beautiful bright colours to match. Add a layer of bark chip mulch.
Water them in and spray leaves with Seasol.
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