Taking Care of The Hindu Rope Plant

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The Hoya carnosa ‘compacta’, or Hoya hindu rope as it is often called, is a climbing or trailing member of the milkweed family. The Hoya ‘compacta’ is an especially beautiful variety that produces crinkled or curly leaves that resemble a braided rope. This plant blooms seasonally with a tight round cluster of white flowers. Each tiny flower making up the entire bloom has a star-shaped, red corona which provides a very dramatic affect.


This plant thrives in very bright, filtered or indirect light. Avoid direct sun as well as low to medium light. Good light is necessary for flower production. Do not rotate or move plant once flower buds form.

Water and Soil

Allow to dry out between watering. Water moderately but consistently during the growing season. Reduce watering during the winter months. Prefers a well draining soil.

Temperature and Humidity

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

What Else?

Hoya Carnosa is a trailing plant that prefers to climb or drape from a pot or hanging basket. Trailing stems will climb counterclockwise around wire or other thin trellis-like structures. Trim stems to shape as needed.