Hindu Rope Plant Care - Growing The Hoya Carnosa ‘Compacta’

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by Max - last update on August 18, 2019, 8:09 pm
Hindu rope plant (hoya carnosa 'compacta')

Hindu Rope Plants, a type of Hoya, produce picturesque star-shaped flowers after a couple of years of growth. To ensure that your plant is healthy and ready to bloom, be sure to water sparingly while also keeping its humidity high.

Hindu Rope Plant Quick Facts

OriginEast Asia and Australia
Scientific Name:Hoya carnosa ‘Compacta’
Common NamesHindu Rope Plant, Krinkle Kurl, Wax Plant, Angel Rope, Indian Rope, Porcelain Flower
FamilyAsclepiadaceae
TypeEpiphytic evergreen semi-succulent vine
WateringMinimal water
LightBright light
HumidityHigh humidity
ToxicityNon-toxic
PestsMealy bugs and aphids

Varieties of Hindu Rope Plant

There are up to 300 varieties of Hoya plant, of which the Hindu Rope Plant is one. Other varieties of Hoya include the following.

Hoya Multiflora

Hoya Multiflora
Hoya Multiflora

It’s not hard to see why this plant earned the common name of Shooting Stars Wax Plant. It’s clusters of flowers bloom at angles as if they are being catapulted from the plant. This plant is easy to grow and will bloom all year round in the ideal conditions(The National Gardening Association Plants Database).

Hoya Australis

Hoya Australis
Hoya Australis

This is the common waxflower that is often found as a houseplant in people’s homes, though it natively grows in rainforests across Australia (Royal Horticultural Society).

Hoya Limoniaca

This Hoya grows rapidly, and features pale green leaves that show the veins. The foliage is quite spectacular alone, but the flowers are even more special, in yellow shades varying from dark mustard to creamy yellow, though each flower only lasts around 5 days.

Hoya Globulosa

This Hoya is native to the Himalayas, where it was first described in the early 1800s. It likes to be kept cool and dry during the winter, but warm and humid during the summer.

Hindu Rope Plant Care Tips

Watering

Hindu Rope Plants are semi-succulents, and as such, they can survive on, and even prefer, very little water. Wet roots are fatal for these types of plant, so you should not water them too frequently. They should only be watered once their soil has almost completely, but not fully, dried out from the previous watering. To test this, dip your finger into the soil to about your second knuckle to check for moisture, and only proceed with watering if the soil is dry to the touch.

Although this plant would prefer to be in dry conditions over wet conditions, it shouldn’t be allowed to dry out completely and will thrive if you are able to keep the middle of the soil lightly moist. Remember that overwatering is the most common way to kill the Hindu Rope Plant, so err on the side of caution if you are unsure. This plant is also an epiphyte, so it is able to draw moisture from the air; therefore, in humid conditions, it may need to be watered less. During the winter, you can drastically cut your watering back to at least half the frequency, maybe more depending on light conditions.

Light

This plant will grow in a wide range of lighting conditions, but it prefers indirect, bright light. If necessary, Hindu Rope Plants will adjust to low lighting and even shade, but plants in these types of lighting conditions will have much slower growth and may never flower. They need to receive a good amount of bright light each day in order to produce the energy needed to flower. Ideally, morning light is preferable as it is bright but not as strong and won’t scorch the plant. Some dappled shade or indirect light in the afternoon is best, or even a few hours of shade will be fine if the plant has received a full morning of sunlight.

When kept outside, a position of partial shade is best, either with morning sun and afternoon shade, or consistently dappled shade to replicated the plant's natural environment where it would be partially sheltered by an overhead canopy of taller trees.

Humidity

This plant is epiphytic, and so, absorbs moisture from the air to meet some of its water needs. It will thrive in humid environments, such as bathrooms or kitchens where air typically has a higher moisture content from showers, washing dishes, etc. If your plant is in dry air conditions, you can spray the plant daily with a light water mist, or you could use a humidifier. Grouping plants together is also a good way to increase humidity. Pebble trays can successfully be used to increase humidity around a plant, though this option is less feasible with vines which are typically kept in hanging planters.

Temperature

Hindu Rope Plants like to be kept warm, with a minimum temperature of 70º F during the day. Because of this, they make ideal houseplants, as this is typically in the same temperature range that people like their homes to be. This plant can be kept outdoors in warmer climates, so long as overnight temperatures do not dip below 50º F. If temperatures drop below this, then you will need to bring your Hindu Rope Plant inside until temperatures start to rise again in the spring.

When kept as houseplants, an overnight temperature range of between 60 and 65º F is ideal. This plant does not do well in cold temperatures, so if you spend any length of time away from home in the winter, such as a winter vacation, you will need to leave your heating on to keep your plant comfortable.

Propagation

Propagation of the Hindu Rope Plant can be successfully achieved with stem cuttings. Take a cutting just below a node, of 3 to 4 inches and remove the lower sets of leaves. Dip the bare stem into rooting hormone and insert into a small pot of moist growing medium and keep in a warm and protected position for several weeks. You will know roots have formed once new growth occurs above the soil, and when this happens, you can transplant the new Hindu Rope Plant to a more permanent pot.

Pruning

Pruning is not necessary with this plant unless you want to reduce its size or tidy up the shape of it. It does not need to be pruned for its health and will successfully grow into a long vine without pruning. If you do need to prune it, be careful not to remove any stems that have spurs on them. This is because each blooming season flowers will grow from both new and old spurs, so removing spurs will reduce the number of flowers your plant produces. The spurs grow in size each year, so with time, old spurs will be producing the largest flowers on the vine. If you do wish to prune stems with spurs on it will not damage the plant and will encourage more growth in a fuller style.

Flowering

hoya carnosa compacta flowers

The flowers of the Hindu Rope Plant are the real attraction of this plant, despite the foliage also being nice to look at. The plant typically takes a few years to start flowering, and given the correct light, will bloom in early spring and summer. The plant produces star-shaped flowers in a unique waxy texture. Each flower features an inner and outer star shape, the corona and the corolla. They bloom from umbrella-shaped spurs, with each plant producing up to 40 flowers. They appear so perfect and pristine that it would be easy to believe that they are artificial. They come in a variety of colors and have a strong and sweet scent.

Common Pests and Diseases

Mealy bugs and aphids are the most common problems found with this plant. Mealy bugs will infest the insides of the curled twines and can be difficult to spot, so check your vine over regularly so that any infestation can be treated early.

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