Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is part of the Apocynaceae family and is often called 'Hindu Rope', it is native to Southern India. It has grown in popularity over the past couple of years, it leaves are thick, waxy and ruffled. They do well in bright light and will grow under grow lights too as they can handle 50-70% direct light. Hoya are very waxy so hold on to water so it's better to leave them to dry out in between watering. Don't be tempted to cut the brown tips off the vines as this is where all the new growth comes from. 


Pot: ø 19cm.

Foliage: Approximately 30cm in length.

Ceramic pot not included.


This plant isn't known to be toxic but would be best kept out of reach of pets and children, just in case. 




How do you take care of a Hindu rope plant?


Take care of a Hindu Rope Plant by keeping the plant in average to warm conditions, between 16-24°C. The plant should be kept in bright indirect light, with 2-3 hours of direct light if possible. The Hindu Rope Plant will be fine in average humidity conditions, however, it will grow faster in a more humid environment. 


Use a well-draining potting mix with added orchid bark for aeration. Feed during spring and summer, dilute synthetic fertiliser to a quarter the recommended amount so you are able to feed each time you're watering (as you don't water very often).


Why is my Hindu Rope wrinkled?


Your Hindu Rope plant may appear wrinkled if it becomes dehydrated. This could be the result of the soil getting too dry. If the plant is being watered as it should, then the roots of the plant may have been damaged. Root damage can occur during repotting, or can develop if the plant is overwatered for too long. You may need to inspect the plant’s roots yourself to see how much damage has been done. 


Why is it called the Hindu Rope Plant?


Hoya Carnosa Compacta is called the Hindu Rope Plant because of its tightly packed leaves which resemble a rope. The plant goes by a number of other common names including  Indian Rope, Angel Rope, Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower and Krinkle Kurl. 


How often do you water a Hindu Rope?


Water a Hindy Rope deeply but infrequently throughout the summer growing season. Saturate the soil when watering and then leave until the top third of the pot has dried out before watering again. Check up on the plant every 5 days or so to see if it’s ready to be watered again. The rate at which it dries out will depend on the size of the pot and your own conditions. 


How do you make a Hindu Rope grow faster?


Make your Hindu Rope grow fast by ensuring that it receives 2-3 hours of direct sunlight each day. Place your plant near a south-facing window so that it gets a hefty dose of direct sunshine each day and it will be encouraged to grow faster. 


Is Hindu Rope plant poisonous to cats?


The Hindu Rope plant is not poisonous to cats, dogs or people. The plant is considered pet-friendly and safe for a family home. 


Can you propagate Hindu Rope in water?


You can propagate a Hindu Ropeplant in water. To do so, take a cutting from about 1/4 inch above a pair of leaves with a longer section of stem below the leaves as an anchor. Take the cutting and place it in a jar of water, with the leaves above the surface of the water. Replace the water with fresh water whenever it becomes murky.


Does a Hindu Rope plant bloom?


The Hindu Rope plant will bloom if given the right conditions. The plant takes a few years to start flowering and will only do so if given the correct light. Blooms appear in early spring/summer and star-shaped flowers with a waxy texture. 


How fast do Hindu Rope plants grow?


Hindu Rope plants are not fast-growing plants. They can be encouraged to grow fast by exposing them to 2-3 hours of direct sunlight every day. 


Is Hoya Compacta a succulent?


Hoya Compacta has succulent leaves, however, the plant itself is not defined as a succulent. The plant is epiphytic in nature, meaning that usually grows on other plants in the wild. Its vines can grow up to 20 feet long if properly cared for.

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'