Marlie Graves, known as The Ficus Wrangler, has been keeping plants beautiful, training techs and relating to clients at half a dozen companies for 30 years. She studied creative writing and psychology in college and went on to start an independent film company with her first husband. She decided to focus on plants full time after completing the NYBG Horticulture School interior landscaping course. Marlie is retired, operates "The Ficus Wrangler" YouTube channel, contributes regularly to several houseplant forums, and is working on a plantcare book based on professional methods.

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How Keeping a Journal Can Improve Your P...

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Tips for Techs: 8 Ways to be More Effect...

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7 Things Your Plant Tech is Thinking but...

Today let’s open up the old Ouija board, get out the trusty crystal ball, and assemble our runes, bones, and yarrow stalks. It’s time[...]  » Read More

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How Poinsettias Became a Holiday Staple ...

Euphorbia pulcherrima. We love them, we hate them. Sometimes we wish we’d never see another one – but what would the Holidays be without them[...]  » Read More

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