Snagged this one off eBay last week. Shipped in the cold from Florida to Indiana. Sent on a Monday and it arrived on a Thursday. It was packed in a bunch of styrofoam peanuts with no heating packets or anything, but it hasn’t missed a beat so far. Yeah, I realize the base is weird and there is a big chunk of reverse taper where the aerial root was allowed to grow. I think it has character though. I’m gonna think about which side to use as a front. I kind of like seeing the space between the original base and that thickened aerial root. But looking at the pictures the side that disguises the hole and reverse taper probably looks the best.
On Bonsai Nut it was suggested that the roots be separated and separately planted or bound together to get rid of the gap look. It’s something to consider. Maybe I’ll try to encourage aerial roots to fill the gap and use the second to last picture as the front in the meantime.