I have a smallish Scheff with unique foliage/growth pattern which I really wish to develop further, particularly the base and try for 'aerial rooting(s)' if at all possible. I do have a small greenhouse-like plastic-thingy (desktop-style ~10"x 15" and ~12" tall at peak of roof) in which to give it the proper humidity and all. The plant has great vigor, and needs repotting anyways, so soon would be ideal time to get things rolling in that direction.
The roots have formed a fairly 'dense' arrangement just sub-surface, so I know there's a good start right there towards the nebari - I kinda envision a wide-stance of rootage with aerials coming downward along the main-trunk...trunk is around a foot long with two branchings at around 3" up from soil, and trunk makes a sharp 90deg turn just above soil (plant seems almost weeping, fwiw). Either, or both of these branches can be used as new leader, or left as sacrifice-branches as I am positive plant will put off new branches once I clip the leader's terminal growth...
What I am wondering is if there's a good chance/prospect of me leaving the entire trunk-length to 'run' across and drop off some (or a lot of) aerials leading towards a 'raft-style' tree with a strong (gnarly) nebari and hopefully get a branch further out to work upwards if/when the aerials start their thing? Make sense? Or would it be better to cut back just above the branchings and work with aerial-development from the shorter part of trunk? Kind of more of a roundish base with fewer aerials around it in a manner of speaking, I guess. It is just so hard to describe, and a virt is impossible with this one, LOL
The pics show how it grows outward more strongly than upwards, and even some relatively-new cuttings I made are starting to show this tendency (cool trait, IMO). These leaves stay smaller and are somewhat curly/deformed compared to usual species' traits, fwiw, though these pics don't show it much. The pics also do not show very well just how parallel to 'ground' that the trunk is - *very* flat once it curves over, with the branchings going outwards for the most part, and part of why I am leaning towards making a raft-like planting from this.
Thoughts? Leave trunk long? Chop shorter and work with present branching as new leader(s) and get aerials from *those*? Just where do aerials form from (old -v- new wood??)... Also, I am going to have to cut rootball back fairly hard as that pot is stuffed with rootage currently - has never caused any harm in past, so not an issue
Thanks for input as I have never really worked-up tropical stuff, LOL. The aerial-root part is totally new to me, and no amount of reading compares to actual experience with their development, hence my posting here