How to get a ribbon plant

Cinta is an easy to grow plant.

Image – Wikimedia/David J. Stang

Cinta is a weed that we have a lot, especially at home, but also outside. It has long and not very wide leaves, green or variegated, and also blooms without problems wherever it is placed. It doesn’t take up much space, so it looks just as pretty in a pot as it does on the ground. But, if we don’t take care of it properly, problems can arise.

So if you think something is wrong, calm down. Then we will explain how to get a ribbon planttelling you the most common problems that can occur and how to solve them.

Why can the band cease to be healthy? Well, there are several reasons: from poor location to poor irrigation. Although it is a plant that could be described as easy, it is still a bit demanding, especially and how could it be otherwise when the weather is not pleasant enough for it.

And it is that the climate is so, but so important for all plants, that when we want to have one that, for example, does not resist frost in an area where it occurs, we will have to take certain measures so that winterproof, like keeping it indoors or protecting it with antifreeze fabric.

Our protagonist may have more trouble besides freezing, so you know what to do to get her back, Let’s see why your plant can decline and how to save it:


brown leaves from the cold

The tapes are plants that do not support the cold

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Cinta is a grass that tolerates cold very well, and even frost. But it is important to know what your limit is. A one-time, short-term freeze down to -2ºC will do no harm. Another very different thing would be that this freeze was -4ºC, or that several successive frosts occurred over a period of time.

We will know exactly that it is having a bad time because of the cold if the day after the frost has occurred, we see that the leaves are brown: the more you have like this, the worse it will be and the more difficult it will be to recover it. The question is, what are we doing to at least try? If we have it in a jar, bring it home as soon as possible. Once inside, cut off the bad leaves and wait for new ones to come out.

But if we have it on the ground, we will protect it with an anti-freeze fabric. We won’t cut anything until the weather improves, because even though they look ugly, they still serve as protection. Another thing we can also do is add a biostimulant for plants like this, to help its roots grow stronger. But yes, you must follow the instructions for use.


The strip needs a lot of light whether you are at home or outdoors, but not direct. And it is that if exposed to direct sunlight, or placed in front of a window where direct sunlight enters, it will burn. These will appear overnight after the damage, and only on the most exposed leaves; that is, the lower leaves, being protected by those above them, normally remain healthy.

What to do? Change site plant. You need to put it in a more protected place, where it can grow without being exposed to direct light. If there is a leaf that is completely dry, we can cut it; otherwise, no, because even if it is only a little green, it is still useful to him.

Yellow leaves due to poor watering

Ribbon is a plant for bedrooms

Image – Wikimedia/David J. Stang

When the leaves turn yellow, it’s almost always because the plant is getting less or more water than it needs. How to know? Good, if it is thirsty, the first thing we will see is that it takes on a sad appearance, with dead leaves as if hanging down; if you continue to have trouble, new leaves will start to turn yellow, and when the problem is much more serious, all the leaves eventually turn yellow and then brown. Likewise, if it is in a pot, when we take it we will notice that it weighs little.

If, on the contrary, it is watered too much, it is also possible that the leaves can be seen as if they have fallen, but the normal thing is that the damage begins in the oldest leaves., that is, in the lower ones. These will appear yellow, but beware, as the issue will affect others as well. Others could also occur, such as the appearance of fungi, which would lead to brown or grayish spots on the edges of the leaves, gray mold on the ground or rotting of the roots.

to get it back, in the first case we will water it well, consciously. The plant urgently needs water, so we need to water it until all the soil is well moistened. If it’s in a pot, we might even submerge it – just the pot, not the plant – in a container of water for half an hour. And from there, we will water more often.

In case what happens to him is that we overwatered him, we will temporarily suspend irrigation. In addition, we will treat it with a systemic fungicide -on sale here- so that the fungi do not appear, or so that, if they have already done so, they do not cause more damage. And if it is in a pot without holes, we will plant it in a pot made with quality universal culture soil, such as BioBizz, Westland or Fertiberia.

How to Recover a Ribbon Plant with Pests

Although it is a pest resistant plant, that does not mean that it cannot have pests throughout its life. In reality, aphids and scale insects could weaken it a lot if we don’t act in time. Fortunately, we eliminate them with insecticides that we find almost everywhere, like here. Plus, since it’s a spray, it’s ready to use, which we’ll do after putting on our gardening gloves.

If we prefer to treat it with ecological insecticides, we can use diatomaceous earth, of which we leave you a video so that you know what it is and how it is applied:

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We hope your band is recovering.

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