The Reflexa will survive in low light, but thrives in moderate- and high-light spaces. If you can get it in good light, you can get it and (nearly) forget it. Here are some tips to keep it growing:
Watering – Like other members of the Dracaena family, it prefers its rootzone on the dry side; so make sure the soil dries out between waterings. See our watering guide for more information.
Light – Although it’s a close relative of Dracaenas, the Reflexa still needs at least moderate light. It’s great near a window with filtered light but not in a dark spot. Like others, do not expose this plant to direct sunlight or it will burn the leaves very quickly.
Nutrition – The Reflexa will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants. Please refer to our nutrient guide for details.
Cleaning – This plant, with its numerous trunks and plentiful small leaves, is a bit more challenging to clean. While we prefer a cleaning regimen with water and a light soap solution, it would be okay to break out the feather duster on this plant. Make sure your feather duster is clean though – it’s a primary way to get bugs from one plant to another. Don’t be afraid to crank up the shower and give it rinse off with some tepid water every now and then too.
Pruning – In good light, the Reflexa can grow up and out, sometimes requiring minor pruning. Cut stems below where you’d like new growth to fill in, since the cut will prompt growth in that area. The lower leaves can turn yellow and are easily pulled off. See our pruning guide for details.
Bugs – The biggest threat for the Reflexa is Mealybugs and they can be pesky. So, keep it clean. Look for the little white cottony bugs at the base of the leaves. If you see them, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution and spray them daily ’til they’re gone.
Trouble – Aside from the mealybug threat, just pluck off the old leaves and enjoy this one.