Hindu Rope / Hoya Carnosa Krinkle Kurls / Hoya Carnosa Compacta is such a COOL plant, great for hanging baskets. Their twisted ribboning vines have simple needs, propagate easily, and grow slowly. They like warm temperatures, lots of light, and dry soil.
Found in nature in Southern India, their leaves are succulents or air plants.
Water and Soil
It’s roots like dry, aerated soil, you’ll need a pot with good drainage. I recommend keeping them in their nursery pot or a terracotta pot and using an outer pot for décor. Use soil similar to an orchid, African violet, or succulent potting mix. If you are using a standard potting mix, add perlite for aeration.
Water every 3 weeks or so in the growing season, less often in dormant seasons depending on temperature and light levels. This is a set it and forget it plant, do not to over water. Leaves will start to “pucker” when it’s thirsty. Water once the first inch of soil is dry.
ROOT ROT IS THE #1 PLANT KILLER.
Hindu Rope / Hoya Carnosa Krinkle Kurls / Hoya Carnosa Compacta is easy to care for, but it is not a low light plant. If you start to notice yellowing, it is likely due to too little light. It wants abundant bright, indirect sunlight and will flower if this need is met. This plant is a slow grower and will likely need a 1-2 years to grow from it’s nursery pot to a 6-8 inch pot. If you put it in more than a couple of hours of direct sunlight a day, you may start to notice burning of the leaves.
They do not like cold weather and prefer high humidity. Keep them in temperatures above 70. I keep mine in the bedroom with floor to ceiling windows (much like a sunroom) in spring and summer. But I have to move it to our living space in the colder seasons because the room is just too chilly. While it doesn’t love the loss of insane amounts of light, it does just fine.
Propagation and Repotting
Allow their root system to develop and crowd before repotting. This is true for most plants. Repotting too soon can cause slower growth and over all plant sadness. Once it is ready for a new pot, move up to the next size. Don’t jump from a 4 inch pot to a 10 inch pot.
This plant is very easy to propagate and makes good use of any vines that may accidently fall off. Just clear some of the stem and place in water. Once roots look well developed, transfer to soil.