Hoya carnosa Compacta, more commonly known as the Krinkle Kurl or the Hindu Rope Plants, belongs to the same genus as the wax plant or porcelain flower (Haya carnosa). The only feature that sets it apart from the Haya carnosa is its curly leaves.
The Hindu Rope plants are popular for their lush foliage and stunning blooms. These plants are native to India but are among the most popular houseplants in North America. Hindu Rope plants are super easy to grow and care for, which is why novice plant lovers adore them.
Continue reading this blog post if you wish to grow Haya carnosa Compacta at home!
The Hindu Rope plant is a trailing plant. It looks best when planted in hanging baskets or elevated planters. This plant produces stunning pink-white, star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters. The Hindu Rope plants produce flowers from spring throughout the summers.
However, as quickly as these vines grow, it takes them a while (a few years) before they start producing beautiful leaves.
Hindu Rope plants get the name from the appearance of their vines. Like the String of Turtles plant, the Hindu Rope plant creates trailing, vinyl foliage. The vines resemble thick ropes and are saturated with contorted leaves.
It’s easy to fall in love with these beautiful trailing plants. This blog post might help you a great deal if you’re planning to grow these plants at home.
How to Grow Hindu Rope Plants
Hindu Rope is an air plant, and its leaves are succulent. Growing this plant variety at home is quite easy. Hindu Rope is very adaptable and will thrive as long as its basic needs are fulfilled.
Hindu Rope plants grow best in areas that receive bright light. It doesn’t perform very well in the shade. In fact, if you grow it where there’s no direct, bright sunlight, it might never produce flowers. However, you should be careful not to pot these plants in an outdoor area that receives direct sunlight because afternoon sunlight can burn the leaves.
Direct bright light is only suitable if you’re growing Hindu Rope indoors.
The Hindu Rope is a succulent plant. Therefore, it doesn’t require extensive watering. You should only water it when the soil appears dry. Water even less frequently in winters. Overwatering may damage the roots and lead to plant death.
You should provide well-aerated, lightweight, and well-draining soil to the Hindu Rope plants.
The ideal temperature for Hindu Rope plants is 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night. These plants are most likely to bloom in spring and summer if they’re placed at just the right temperature.
Hindu Rope plants should be fertilized every month during the spring and summer seasons. A water-soluble fertilizer will ensure that all the nutritional requirements of your plants are met and that they grow well.
Taking Care of Hindu Rope Plants
These plants aren’t very demanding, which is why people love to grow them at home. They’re very easy to grow and care for. However, like every other plant variety, you should take care of these plants if you want them to thrive and continue to produce flowers for years.
Let’s have a quick walkthrough of some of the most important care tips that’ll help you keep your Hindu Rope plants fresh and healthy!
Use Well-Draining Soil
We’ve already mentioned this earlier, and we’re repeating it again – use a well-draining soil mix. If you don’t, the water will stay in the soil and cause root rot. Root rot is a serious condition that can lead to plant death.
Use a Pot with Draining Holes
Use the flood and drain method to water Hindu Rope plants. It means you flood the plant with water and then allow it to drain. Therefore, you should only use a pot that has sufficient drainage holes.
If you’re using a watering tray to water your plant, make sure not to leave the plant in water for more than 15 minutes. Excessive water, as you know by now, can lead to root rot.
Don’t Put Under Direct Sunlight Outdoors
The Hindu Rope plants require bright sunlight to grow. However, don’t plant them in at an outdoor spot that receives direct sunlight. These plants need a maximum of 6 hours of indirect sunlight when planted outdoors.
Afternoon sunlight can burn the leaves and flowers. You can place them near a window that receives direct sunlight if you’re potting them indoors.
Don’t Leave the Plant in Cold
Hindu Rope plants don’t tolerate cold very well. You should leave your home’s heating system on if you’re planning to spend the winters somewhere else. Otherwise, the Hindu Rope plants will die of cold by the time you return.
Provide Higher than Regular Humidity
The Hindu Rope is native to humid and warm climates, so it requires higher than regular humidity to thrive. The leaves will appear glossy if the humidity levels are just right.
You should immediately increase the humidity level if you notice that the leaves appear dull, dry, or withered. Installing a humidifier is a wise thing to do if you wish to grow these plants successfully.
Don’t Fertilize During Winters
The Hindu Rope plant grows during the warmer seasons, that is, spring through summer. That’s when you should fertilize the soil. Don’t fertilize these plants during winter as it’s their resting phase. Over-fertilizing can cause white-colored crusting to appear on the leaves.
Don’t give up on the Hindu Rope plant if it doesn’t produce flowers in a few months. Continue caring for these plants patiently because it can take up to a year for these plants to start producing stunning pink-white flowers. If you take care of them well, they’ll continue to produce flowers for decades!
The Hindu Rope doesn’t need to be pruned. However, you can prune them if you don’t want the vines to grow too long. Moreover, be very careful while pruning. Don’t cut the stems that have got spurs on them because that’s where the flowers will be produced.
You’ll fall in love with the Hindu Rope plant if you see it in full bloom. The best thing about this plant is that you can grow it at home without having to put in too much of your time or effort. These low-maintenance flowering vines are absolutely stunning. If you’re a plant lover, you sure wouldn’t want to miss this one!
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