Appearance: Dieffenbachia 'Reflector' is particularly notable for its beautiful foliage. It has large, broad leaves that are deep green, with the central part of the leaf showcasing an almost metallic-looking light green or silver color. The leaf veins are typically a lighter green, creating a striking contrast.
Light: Dieffenbachia 'Reflector' prefers bright, indirect light, but it can tolerate lower light conditions. However, if the light is too dim, the leaf coloration may become less vibrant. Direct sunlight should be avoided as it can scorch the leaves.
Water: Like most tropical plants, Dieffenbachia 'Reflector' prefers its soil to be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Overwatering can lead to root rot. As a general rule, let the top inch of the soil dry out before watering again.
Soil: A well-draining soil mix is crucial to prevent water-logging and root rot. A good-quality general-purpose houseplant or indoor potting soil should work well.
Temperature: Dieffenbachia 'Reflector' prefers warm conditions, with temperatures ideally between 65-75°F (18-24°C). It does not tolerate cold drafts or temperatures below about 60°F (15°C).
Propagation: Dieffenbachias, including 'Reflector', are typically propagated through stem cuttings. You can cut off a section of the stem, let it air dry for a day, and then plant it in potting soil.
Pests and Problems: Common issues include yellowing leaves (usually a sign of overwatering) and brown leaf tips (which can indicate a lack of humidity or under-watering). Dieffenbachias may occasionally be affected by pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Note: All parts of the Dieffenbachia plant are poisonous if ingested, so they should be kept out of reach from children and pets. The sap can also cause skin irritation, so it's advisable to wear gloves when handling or pruning the plant.
In summary, Dieffenbachia 'Reflector' is a stunning and relatively easy-to-care-for houseplant. Its large, beautiful leaves can add a touch of tropical beauty to any indoor setting.