Deat Mirai community,
I have recently stumbled accross a presentation of Peter Warren for Bonsai Focus on YouTube. At the 0:48 mark, Peter is attaching the tree onto a wooden plank and potting the tree and the plank into a net-pot-ish container. Interestingly, the plank’s size seems to be equal of the container’s inner measurements.
Now, I understand each of the techniques applied in this demo on their own: the plank forces the roots to spread, thus creating an even and good nebari, while a container like this provides good aeration, thus encouraging good root growth.
What confuses me, though, is combining both techniques and the plank’s size: isn’t the plank contradictory to the concept of drainage and is it behaving more like a barrier for air circulation in the container? Also, will such a large plank create an imbalance of water and oxygen in the root system, since it will not drain beyond the plank?
Dont get me wrong, please: I am convinced Peter knows what he is doing. I just want to understand the combination of the methods, since the demo does not privide any commentary on this,
As always, I am looking forward to the discussion with you