nope. i don’t really like the pancake look. i tried a flat surface when i airlayered the main maple in this thread, and now i don’t like the perfectly horizontal root spread as much. some of the roots were even slanting upwards. growing in this type of substrate seems to make roots just grow outward anyway, so i don’t really need a flat surface.
Okay, good to know! Then I won’t go to all that trouble . . .