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Hindu Rope Plant

SCENTIFIC NAME: Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

KNOWN AS: Hoya Compacta, Krinkle Kurl, Indian Rope, Angel Rope, Porcelain Flower, Wax Plant

CLIMATE (LOCATION): Southeast Asia | Tropical

DESCRIPTION: These plants have unique, curly leaves that look twisted. They grow in dense succession, creating a rope-like effect. A high shelf or hanging planter is perfect for displaying these plants.

Easy difficulty & pet toxic

Hindu Rope Plant Plant Care

Lighting

Light Requirement: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

Hindu rope plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate low to medium light but grow best with bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves and cause damage. If you place them in low light, they may grow slower and produce fewer flowers. A good spot for a Hindu rope plant would be near an east-facing window or a few feet away from a south or west-facing window, where they can get filtered light. They also do well under LED grow lights if natural light is not available.

Watering

Quick Tip: Water until water comes out of drainage holes. Allow top 2 inches of soil to completely dry between waterings.

The Hindu rope plant prefers a somewhat drier environment, with soil that is allowed to dry out between waterings. When the soil feels dry to the touch, deeply water the plant with room temperature water. Be careful to let any extra water drain out of the pot's bottom and avoid letting the plant stand in water, because this might lead to root rot. During the winter months, when the plant is in its dormant phase, limit watering but do not let the soil dry out completely. It's best to err on the side of underwatering because overwatering can result in leaf yellowing or dropping. The Hindu rope plant is a succulent, which means that it can store water in its thick, rope-like leaves, allowing it to withstand periods of drought better than overwatering. Ultimately, it's crucial to keep a constant watering schedule and to avoid extremes of wet or dry soil.

Temperature

Preferred Temperature: 60º - 80º

Hindu rope plants do best in temperatures between 60°F and 80°F (15°C and 27°C). They can survive in temperatures as low as 50°F (10°C), but if they stay there for a long time, they might get hurt. It's important to keep the plant away from drafty places, like near open doors or windows, because sudden changes in temperature can also hurt the plant. If the temperature is too low or too high, plants may not grow as well or their leaves may turn yellow, among other things.

Humidity

Preferred Humidity: 40 - 60%; Moderate Humidity

Hindu rope plants do best when it's humid, so keeping a consistent level of moisture is important for their health and growth. One good way to do this is to put a humidifier near your plant. This will help to raise the humidity level in the room as a whole. You can also use a spray bottle to mist your plant often, being careful not to soak the leaves or soil. Also, you shouldn't put your Hindu rope plant in places where the air is too dry, like near heaters or air conditioning vents. Lastly, make sure to keep a close eye on how wet the soil is and change how often you water as needed to make sure the plant gets enough water without getting too wet.

Additional Plant Care

Propagation
Stem cuttings can be used to propagate Hindu rope plant. To make more plants, cut a healthy stem and make sure it has a few strands of the leaves that look like rope. Cut the stem just below a node and remove any leaves from the bottom of the cut stem. Let the cutting dry and harden for a few days to stop it from going bad. Then, plant the cutting in soil or potting mix that drains well, making sure to bury the node in the soil. Give the soil a lot of water and put the pot somewhere with bright, but not direct, light. Keep the soil a little bit damp and mist the cuttings every so often to keep the humidity up. After a few weeks, the cutting should start to grow roots and send out new shoots. After the cutting has grown roots, you can move it to a bigger pot or garden. Hindu rope plant can also be spread by dividing them, but this method works better with older plants.
Toxicity
The Hindu rope plant is non-toxic to humans and is not known to contain any significant toxic compounds that pose a serious risk if ingested or touched. However, individual sensitivities and allergies can vary, and some individuals may experience mild reactions if they come into contact with the plant or its sap. When it comes to pets, the Hindu rope plant is also considered non-toxic to cats and dogs. Ingestion of small amounts of the plant is unlikely to cause significant issues. However, it is always a good practice to monitor pets and contact a veterinarian if you suspect they have ingested a significant amount of the plant or are showing any unusual symptoms.
Repotting
Hindu rope plants are easy to repot, and doing so every few years is important for healthy growth. To repot a Hindu rope plant, choose a pot that is one size bigger than the one it is in now. Fill the bottom of the pot with new potting soil. Carefully remove the plant from its old pot without breaking the thin stems. Make sure the root ball is in the middle of the new pot, and then fill in any empty space around the roots with new potting soil. After repotting the plant, give it a lot of water and keep it out of direct sunlight for a few days so it can get used to its new home.
Pruning
Hindu rope plants are climbing plants that can be pruned to keep their shape and encourage healthy growth. When pruning, make clean cuts just above a healthy leaf node or bud with clean, sharp pruning shears. Take off any leaves that are damaged or dead, as well as any branches that are getting too long or are growing in the wrong direction. This will help the plant look nicer and more balanced, and it will also encourage new growth. Hindu rope plants can also be trained to grow on a trellis or other support, which can help them climb and fill out more. You can prune the plant whenever you need to, but don't prune it in the winter when the plant is sleeping. Hindu rope plants can continue to grow and add a touch of natural beauty to any indoor space as long as they are pruned and cared for properly.
Fertilizing
Hindu rope plants don't need much fertilizer, but they do benefit from an extra boost of nutrients during the growing season to help them grow and bloom well. A balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 20-20-20 or 10-10-10 is the best way to feed a Hindu rope plant. Spread the fertilizer on the soil every two to four weeks during the growing season, which usually lasts from spring to early fall. The fertilizer should be diluted to half its strength. Don't feed your plants during the winter when they aren't growing. It's important not to give the plant too much fertilizer, which can burn the roots and turn the leaves yellow.
Soil
The Hindu rope plant likes a soil mix that drains well and has a lot of organic matter. Equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and either sand or vermiculite would make a good soil mix for this plant. This will make sure the soil drains well and stays moist enough for the plant to grow. Also, adding some bark from an orchid or charcoal to the soil mix will help the soil breathe and keep it from getting too wet. Overall, the best soil for Hindu rope plant is one that is porous, drains well, and has a lot of organic matter.
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Hindu Rope Plant Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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