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Author Topic: Dilly over Tillie!  (Read 582 times)
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« on: March 05, 2015, 21:18:51 »

Six months ago I started to mount some of my Tillandsias on a home made Tillie Tree. Treated timber logs planted into the ground and cross braced or just bolted together with other timber poles to make a support structure onto which I attach logs, branches and driftwood. This all happened very organically and as I got more tillies that needed a certain thickness of branch to be attached to, so I found a spot to put them in. The branches and logs are either bolted on or screwed into the poles and sometimes each other. Then I started to attach the plants. Now I have run out of space and have started a new "tree". I will do a photo diary of the up-omming construction.

This is how the first one looks....

This is a  few logs bolted to an old palm stem, mutts and all!

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This is the "constructed tree"

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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 06:32:50 »

Hi everyone.

Conrad - I must say your "Tilly trees" are great, they form a veritable forest of Till's, but just the mention of "treated timber logs" makes me very nervous.

Even though your plants aren't growing directly on them, it's still possible for the copper to leach from them, especially any locations where you have nailed, screwed or bolted other bits of timber onto them. If perchance there happens to be a Tilly directly beneath one of these sites, it's can still be a death sentence for the plant, as copper doesn't discriminate between bromeliads, it's fatal to all of them....... I know because I learnt the hard way.

All the best, Nev.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2015, 10:01:54 »

They are certainly loving it there.
My thoughts were the same as Nev when I read treated logs.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 14:36:46 »

Thanks Guys! The treated timber logs are the support structure. They are planted into the ground and need to be treated as termites here are  a plague. Onto them I screw / bolt untreated wooden branches, mostly from the bottle-brush family (Myrtaceae). My favorite is Melaleuca. They have natural oils and resins in them that help preserve the wood a while. (You Aussies should know!). The Tilliandsias seem to like the wood too and root easily onto them.

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2015, 22:37:17 »

Conrad they are very impressive and very natural. Holds a lot of plants and is very sculptural.  Nev as long as the treated timber is lower than the plants there should be no issue. So I assume you looked into planting some larger real trees such as apple or the like that naturally branches low to the ground ?

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