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.

Tips for Techs: 7 Ways to Make Plant Mai...

For plant techs, it’s all about time. At least, sometimes it seems that way. Efficiency is the key to getting everything done in the amount of[...]  » Read More

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Great Topics for Plant Tech Service Meet...

What is your stance on service meetings? As few as possible? A necessary evil? Or a chance to bring everybody together to INFORM, INVOLVE, and I[...]  » Read More

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4 Final Things I Wish I’d Known Before...

In the last couple of posts, I (with the help of my friends) have written about the things we wish we would have known from the beginning of our [...]  » Read More

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7 More Things I Wish I’d Known Bef...

In a previous post, I wrote about five things that my friends and I thought it would have been helpful for plant techicians to know in the begin[...]  » Read More

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Sta...

While many people learn the ins and outs of a plant technician position over time, there are a number of things that I feel would have been incr[...]  » Read More

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Interiorscape Contingency Planning: Why ...

Call them what you will…emergency back up, secondary, extra, floater, roamer…their purpose is to do what ever needs done. And one of [...]  » Read More

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