Ficus petiolaris is another of my favorite caudiciforms. Even at a young age this tree can produce a swollen stem with a lot of character. Ficus palmeri is very similar to F. petiolaris. Some botanists feel that they are just varieties of the same species. In my opinion there is significant difference between the two to be considered two distinct species. Both originate from Mexico. If grown in the ground these trees can grow large. I have grown most of my plants in containers, which stunts growth. This stunting eventually produces very interesting trunks and roots. The leaf of Ficus petiolaris has pinkish-red veins, while F. palmeri leaf veins are light green. Both species make excellent bonsai specimens. I have over ten special plants in my personal collection. I can't get enough of both types. I hope you will find the same!
Both, Ficus petiolaris and Ficus palmeri are easy to grow. They will grow best in part sun to shade. Plants in full sun will produce smaller leaves and have a tendency to "cup'. In the shade plants produce large flat leaves. If you want your plants to grow large, plant them in large pots with well draining soil. I have grown most of my plants "hard" in small pots. In small pots they will need to be watered regularly to prevent wilting. Fertilize regularly to promote good growth. I trim my plants at least once a year during their short dormancy period. I also strip off any leaves during this time. This seems to give them a fresh start. Ficus produce figs for fruit. Unfortunately without the proper wasp for pollinating they will not produce seeds. Both types make beautiful bonsai specimens.