Just ordered some seeds from Australia. A native ficus, ficus obliqua (“Small-Leaved Fig”), will be my next attempt to grow ficus from seeds.
I have tried germinating ficus species before, and had pretty low germination rates. One type that I ordered from a South African seller a few years ago labelled as “ficus nerifolia” gave me a tree with 8-inch leaves that was wholly unsuitable for bonsai. It was one seed out of many that actually germinated, and I ended up discarding it after it reached about 5′, potted.
I ordered hundreds this time from an Australian-based eBay seller with good feedback. Time to dust off the seed mat (heating pad) and get ready. I would really like to build a ficus fused tree since they’re such strong growers.