Hoya Hindu Rope Plant

The unique Hoya Hindu Rope plant, Hoya carnosa compacta, is a draping succulent plant that produce clusters of star-shaped, waxy flowers. The thick, twisted, curly, cupped leaves of a Hindu Rope plant are why it’s often called Krinkle Kurl. Hindu rope plants can be found in solid green or with variegated leaves. This type of hoya plant is very easy to care for as long as you have plenty of light and are careful with your water.

Plant Care


All Hindu Rope plants, both green and variegated, grow best in very bright light. Southern exposure is best, but it can adapt to east or west locations in front of a window. In lows light, a Hindu Rope plant may never bloom. Afternoon sun will burn and bleach the color from the leaves.


All hoya plants, including the Hindu Rope plant, are succulents that need very little water. Water when the soil is almost dry. During the winter, water all varieties of hoya plants even less.


Feed monthly during the spring and summer with a water-soluble plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Use a fertilizer high in potassium to encourage Hindu Rope plants to bloom.


Hindu Rope plants prefer daytime temperatures of 70 ° (F) or higher and nighttime temperatures between 60° and 65° (F). These temperatures encourage mature plants to flower during the late spring and summer.


Basic household humidity


Hindu Rope plants are slow growers that take several years to produce clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers on long vines. In bright light and when given the proper amount of food and water, they bloom in late spring & early summer. Do not remove the leafless spurs or stubs that appear on the plant; this is where the new flowers develop.


Mealy bugs are the most common houseplant pest that attacks Hindu Rope plants. Mealy Bugs get inside the curly twists and turns of the plant leaves. The best way to get rid of these plant pests is to spray all parts of Hindu Rope plant with the Green Solution. Aphids that may appear on new growth can also be treated with the Green Solution or an Insecticidal Soap.


The main plant diseases that affect a Hindu Rope HousePlants are Botrytis, a fungus that causes grayish areas on the leaves and Stem and Root Rot caused by over-watering.


Use a well-aerated fast-draining potting soil for Hindu Rope HousePlants. Add a little sand to the soil to loosen it up if the soil seems heavy.

Pot Size

Hindu Rope HousePlants should be kept in small pots to prevent over- watering.


Never totally cut off the old stems of a Hindu Rope House Plants since this is where the new flowers develop.


Hindu Rope HousePlants, Hoya carnosa “Krinkle Kurl,” can be propagated anytime using stem-tip cuttings. A portion of the Hoya Plant stem, including one or more pairs of leaves, quickly produces roots in water or damp sand.

Poisonous Plant Info

Although not considered poisonous, a Hindu Rope Plant can make dogs and cats ill if they eat a large number of leaves.


Do Hindu Rope Houseplants Have a Pleasant Smell or Am I Just Imagining This?

The flowers of Hindu Rope Houseplants do produce a distinctive mocha aroma.

Should I Remove the Thick Stalks That Are Growing on My Hindu Rope Plant?

Do not remove the thick stalks, which are called Peduncles, that are growing on your Hindu Rope HousePlants since the plant’s flowers grow out of these peduncles. After blooming, if you don’t remove the dead flowers or the peduncles on Hindu Rope HousePlants, the plant produces even more flowers.