Hindu Rope Plant Care: Hoya Carnosa Compacta

The Hindu rope plant has curly leaves similar to the Hoya carnosa, the wax plant or porcelain flower. It is a perennial semi-succulent vine species with lush to waxy foliage, and the vines curl.

The Hindu rope plant is native to Australia and East Asia and is a common houseplant in North America. It is also an excellent plant for a novice plant lover.

Unlike the Hoya carnosa, the Hoya carnosa compacta plant has a pendulous growth habit with trailing vines and looks fabulous over elevated shelves or in hanging pots.

The tiny star-shaped flowers are pink-white and fragrant. The flowers grow in clusters from early spring to summer. The flowers last for weeks and can flower prolifically.

Plant Name: Hoya carnosa Compacta, Hoya carnosa ‘Krinkle Kurls’

Other Name: Hindu Rope Plant, Porcelain Flower, Krinkle Kurl, Wax Plant

Plant Type: Perennial succulent plants

Native Areas: Asia and Australia

Light Requirement: Indirect sunlight

Watering: Moderate

Fertilizer: Water-soluble fertilizer

Toxicity: Non-Toxic

Temperature: Warm temperatures

Propagation: Stem or leaf cuttings

Growth: Vines grow up to 15 inches long

Soil Type: Well draining soil

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-12

What Type Of Pot Is Best For A Hindu Rope Plant?

Choosing the correct type of pot for your Hindu Rope Plant (Hoya carnosa compacta) is essential for its health and growth. A popular choice is terracotta pots, which are porous, allowing for airflow around the roots.

This helps prevent overwatering and root rot caused by soggy soil. Additionally, terracotta pots have a rustic and natural look that complements the plant’s aesthetic. Ensure that your container is not too large for your Hoya rope plants.

Hindu rope plants prefer to be slightly root-bound, so a pot about 1-2 inches larger than the current root ball is ideal.

This encourages the Hoya compacta to focus on foliage growth rather than excessive root development. A drainage hole at the bottom is crucial regardless of the pot material. Proper drainage prevents water from accumulating in the pot.

Always use a saucer or tray under the pot to catch excess water that drains through the drainage holes. Hoya rope flower has a shallow root system, so a container that is deeper rather than wider is a good choice. This helps prevent the roots from sitting in overly wet soil.

Since Hoya carnosa compact is known for its unique trailing growth and interesting foliage, you might choose a pot that complements its appearance. Terracotta, clay, or decorative ceramic pots can all work well.

Hoya Carnosa Compacta Care

beautiful hindu rope plant

If you are a plant novice looking for a low-maintenance plant with little fuss, then the Hoya Hindu rope plant is perfect. It needs a well-draining potting mixture, bright sunlight, and household humidity levels with watering to display those healthy blooms.


well-draining soil added with coco coir for hindu rope

Choosing the right soil mix for your Hindu Rope Plant is crucial for its health and growth. It helps to start with a high-quality, well-draining soil. A general-purpose blend suitable for most houseplants works well as a base.

You can find these mixes at garden centers or make your own by combining equal parts of peat moss, perlite, orchid bark, or coconut coir. Perlite is a lightweight, porous material that helps improve drainage and aeration in the soil.

Add perlite to the potting mixture to increase its ability to drain excess water, preventing the rotting of the roots. Adding orchid or pine bark to the mix aids in aeration and provides a slightly acidic environment, which Hindu rope plants prefer.

This helps prevent the soil from becoming too compact. Coconut coir is an eco-friendly alternative to peat moss. It retains moisture while maintaining good drainage. You can use it as a substitute for or in combination with peat moss in the potting soil.

Some gardeners like to add a small amount of coarse sand to make a coarser potting mixture. Nonetheless, ensure it’s horticultural sand, not beach sand. So prevent heavy soil with these indoor plants.

Light Hoya Plants

hindu rope under bright indirect light

The Hindu rope plant requires specific light to thrive and produce unique rope-like vines and beautiful wax-like flowers. Please provide them with bright, indirect light.

They thrive in conditions where they receive plenty of filtered or dappled sunlight throughout the day. Avoid exposing them to harsh, direct sunlight, especially during the hot afternoon hours, as this can scorch the leaves.

Place your plants with your other indoor plants near an east or west-facing window is usually ideal. These windows typically provide the right balance of bright indirect light. If you have a sheer curtain, it can help diffuse the light and prevent it from becoming too intense.

While these plants can tolerate some morning or late afternoon sun, they should be shielded from too much direct sun. Doing this will keep the plant’s foliage looking great. Direct sun for too long can damage those compacta variegata leaves.

If the leaves begin to turn yellow or develop brown spots, it may indicate that the light is too intense. It might indicate insufficient light if they become leggy and stretch towards the light.

Remember that these succulent-like plants are slowly growing; you must be patient with them 😀.

Watering Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa compacta prefers to dry out slightly between waterings but not excessively dry soil. Before you water, please check if the top few inches of the potting soil is dry. Do the finger test in the soil; if it feels dry at this depth, it’s time to water.

Hold off on watering for a few more days if it’s still slightly moist.

When you do water, water your plant thoroughly. This means you should water until water starts draining from the bottom of the pot. Use room-temperature water for your plant. Avoid extremes in water temperature, such as very cold or hot water.

If your tap water contains a high amount of minerals (hard water), consider using distilled, filtered or rain water to prevent mineral buildup in the soil. If you find a salt buildup in the soil, use a flood and drain method by flushing it out with water.

Always empty the saucer or tray under the pot shortly after watering. Leaving the plant sitting in standing water can lead to rotting. Lessen watering in winter as your plant is in a resting phase.

Temperature and Humidity

temperature and humidity for hindu rope

Maintaining the right temperature and humidity levels is essential for the health and well-being of your Hoya carnosa compacta. The Hoya plant prefers moderate temperatures. Ideally, keep the plant in an environment where the temperature ranges from 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C) during the day.

Protect your plant from cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C). These plants are sensitive to cold and can suffer damage if exposed to chilly conditions. When the Hoya rope plant is in a semi-dormant state in the winter, it can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but avoid letting it experience prolonged cold. Keep it away from windows with cold drafts.

The Hoya genus prefers a humid climate. The typical indoor humidity levels in most homes are usually sufficient. Yet, if you live in an arid environment or during the winter when indoor air tends to be drier, you may need to increase humidity around the plant to keep that solid green color on the variegated leaves.

You can mist the plant occasionally to raise humidity levels. Use room-temperature water and mist the leaves lightly. Still, avoid over-misting, as this can lead to fungal issues. Placing a humidity tray with water and pebbles near the plant can help increase the moisture in the immediate vicinity.

Or you can group your plant with other plants to create a microenvironment with higher humidity levels because plants release moisture through transpiration.


Liquid fertilizer for hindu rope

The Hoya carnosa compacta is a slow-growing plant that does not need too much fertilizer. Yet, it is essential for healthy growth and the blooms, even if they are light feeders. Fertilize your Hoya plant from spring through early autumn.

During this period, you can apply fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer that is formulated for houseplants. A general-purpose liquid fertilizer with an equal NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) ratio, such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20, works well.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the fertilizer label for dilution rates. It’s generally recommended to use a half-strength solution to avoid over-fertilizing, which can damage the plant’s roots.

Water the plant thoroughly before applying fertilizer. This helps prevent the roots from burning. Fertilizing your plant will help encourage flowering.

Propagating Hoya Rope Plants

Regarding Hoya carnosa compacta care, you want to ensure you always have this gorgeous plant with its small star-shaped flowers. One way to achieve this is through propagation.

Stem Cuttings Propagation:

This is the most common method for propagating Hoyas using a mature plant.

  1. Select a healthy, mature stem from your existing plant. Look for a branch at least a few inches long with several nodes (the small bumps where leaves and roots grow).

  2. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut the stem below a node.

  3. Allow the cut end to callus over for a day or two to prevent rotting.

  4. Plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mixture, burying the cut end about an inch deep.

  5. Water the cutting lightly and place it in a bright, indirect light location out of direct sunlight.

  6. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

  7. Over time, the cutting will develop roots and can be potted up into its container.

Water Propagation:

This method involves rooting the cuttings in water before transplanting them into soil.

  1. Follow the above steps from steps one to three in the stem cuttings.

  2. Place the cutting in a water container, submerging the node but keeping the leaves above water.

  3. Change the water about once a week to prevent stagnation and algae growth.

  4. You should see roots developing after a few weeks to a couple of months.

  5. Once the roots are a few inches long, transplant the cutting into a well-draining potting soil.


Layering is another method where you encourage roots to grow on a stem while still attached to the parent plant.

  1. Select a long, healthy stem and gently bend it to the soil surface without breaking it.

  2. Use a small stake or bent paperclip to hold the stem in place on the soil.

  3. Cover the stem’s bent section with soil, exposing the tip.

  4. Keep the soil consistently moist, and roots should develop where the stem is in contact with the soil.

  5. Once roots are established, you can cut the stem below the rooted section and pot it in a potting mix as a new plant.

Growth Zone

The Hoya carnosa compacta is not frost-tolerant and is best suited for USDA plant hardiness zones 10-12. The Hindu rope plant is typically grown as houseplants in areas outside these USDA hardiness zones, where temperatures regularly drop below the plant’s tolerance level.

They can thrive indoors in a bright location with indirect sunlight and consistent care. If you live in a colder climate, bring your Hindu Rope Plant outdoors during the warmer months and bring it back inside before the temperature drops too low in the fall.


Overwintering your Hindu rope plant is essential when you live in freezing climates. Here are the steps to successfully overwinter your Hoya carnosa compacta indoors:

  • Before bringing your plant indoors for the winter, inspect it for pests and diseases. If you notice any issues, treat them before moving the plant inside.

  • Trim any leggy or unhealthy growth and remove any dead or yellowing leaves. Cleaning the plant helps prevent the introduction of pests indoors.

  • Find a bright spot indoors with indirect sunlight. A north or east-facing window is often ideal. Avoid placing the plant near radiators or heating vents, as the dry air can be harmful.

  • During the winter, the plant’s growth slows, requiring less water. Allow the top inch or so of soil to dry out between waterings. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

  • Reduce or suspend fertilization during the winter. Hoya Rope Plants don’t require as many nutrients during their dormant period.

  • Indoor air can become dry during the winter due to heating systems. Maintain moderate humidity levels by misting the plant occasionally, using a humidity tray, or using a room humidifier.

  • Keep your indoor environment at a temperature between 60°F and 80°F (15°C to 27°C) during the day. Avoid exposing the plant to drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations.

  • Rotate the pot occasionally to ensure even growth and prevent the plant from leaning toward the light source.

  • Continue to prune and shape the plant to maintain its desired size and shape.

Hoya Carnosa Varieties

This species has several popular cultivars and varieties with unique characteristics and growth habits. Here are some notable Hoya carnosa varieties:

  • Hoya carnosa ‘Krimson Queen’: This variety is known for its striking variegated dark green leaves. The leaves are green with creamy-white to pinkish margins, creating an attractive contrast. It’s a popular choice among Hoya enthusiasts.

  • Hoya carnosa ‘Tricolor’: ‘Tricolor’ is another variety featuring green leaves with creamy-white margins and pinkish centers. The combination of colors adds to its appeal.

  • Hoya carnosa ‘Krimson Princess’: Similar to ‘Krimson Queen,’ this variety has variegated leaves with creamy-white margins. However, ‘Krimson Princess’ typically has a more pronounced pinkish tint on the leaf edges.

  • Hoya carnosa ‘Rubra’: ‘Rubra’ is known for its red-tinged new growth, which gradually turns green as the leaves mature. This feature adds a touch of color to the plant.

  • Hoya carnosa ‘Exotica’: ‘Exotica’ has distinctive, twisted leaves with irregular cream-colored variegation. The foliage has a unique, eye-catching appearance, and the plants’ bloom is gorgeous.

Hoya Plant Common Diseases and Pests

Hoya carnosa compacta are generally hardy and resistant to many pests and diseases. Yet, they can still be susceptible to specific issues. Here are some common diseases and pests that can affect a Hindu rope plant:


  • Aphids: These small, soft-bodied insects can cluster on the leaves and stems, sucking sap from the plant. Use a gentle spray of water to dislodge them or apply neem oil or insecticidal soap to control aphids.

  • Mealybugs: Mealybugs are tiny, white, cottony pests that often hide in leaf crevices or under the leaves. Remove them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or use neem oil.

  • Scale Insects: Scale insects appear as tiny, brown, or black bumps on the plant’s stems and leaves. Scrape them off with a soft brush or use neem oil to control them.

  • Spider Mites: These microscopic pests can create fine webbing on your plant and cause stippled, discolored leaves. Increase humidity around your plant to deter spider mites, and consider using insecticidal soap.


  • Overwatering and poorly draining soil can lead to rotting of the roots. To prevent this, ensure your plant is in a well-draining potting medium with drainage holes and allow the top inch or so of soil to dry between waterings.

  • Powdery mildew can develop in high humidity conditions. Ensure good air circulation around your plant; treat mold with a fungicidal spray if mold appears.

  • Leaf spot diseases can cause dark, water-soaked lesions on the leaves. Remove affected leaves and improve air circulation. Avoid overhead watering to prevent the spread of the disease.

  • Gray Mold (Botrytis): Gray mold can occur in overly humid conditions or if the plant is overwatered. Improve ventilation, reduce humidity, and avoid wetting the foliage when watering.

  • Stem and Leaf Rot: This can happen if water accumulates in leaf axils or the plant is exposed to prolonged damp conditions. Ensure proper drainage, especially in the leaf joints, and avoid overwatering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caring for a Hoya Carnosa Compacta, commonly known as the Hindu Rope Plant or Krinkle Kurl, involves providing the right conditions to ensure health and encourage its unique twisted growth. Provide your rope plant with the right potting mix and prevent using too much fertilizer. Place your rope hoya in bright sunlight with afternoon shade. Water when the soil is dry.

Hoya plants thrive in bright, dappled light conditions. Place your hoya rope plant where they receives bright, filtered sunlight for most of the day. This typically means near a window with sheer curtains or where the Hoya compacta is shielded from direct sunlight.

During the active growing season (spring through early autumn), fertilize your Hoya rope plant every 4 to 6 weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Suspend fertilization during the winter.

You can propagate it through stem cuttings. Take a healthy stem cutting with at least one node, allow it to callus, and plant it in a well-draining potting mixture. Water sparingly until it roots and starts to grow.

Prune it back to encourage bushier growth. You can propagate the cuttings to create a new Hoya rope plant. Pruning will help maintain its attractive shape.

The Hoya rope Plant can flower slowly, requiring proper care and age. Ensure your rope hoya receives enough bright, indirect light, and make sure it’s not over-fertilized, as excess nutrients can hinder blooming. Be patient; these plants may take a few years to mature and produce flowers.

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