Hoya compacta ‘Hindu Rope Plant’

Hoya compact is a plant highly appreciated for its simple care and its wonderful and aromatic flowering.

This species grows in hanging pots with structures that allow it to wind its stems or decorate fences in the garden.

Hoya compact is a great plant that you can have inside your home for many years.

Hoya compact develops green cylindrical climbing stems that can exceed 5 meters in length.

These stems tend to lignify in low areas over time, meaning they become woody at the base. The stems branch out quite, a bit allowing them to cover large areas.

The leaves are very fleshy and dark green.

This succulent has little root, ideal for growing in pots.

Its flowers attract the most attention, grouped into umbel-shaped inflorescences and are aromatic.

Each of the flowers is white or pink, measuring 1.5 to 2 cm in diameter and made up of five petals.

The Hoya Compact usually blooms when the roots are well established and tight. 

To flourish, it requires a lot of light but not direct sun, so its ideal environment is semi-shade.

The flowers emerge in summer and are born grouped into large clusters or hanging umbels; they have a waxy appearance in the shape of a small star, white or pale pink, with a red center.

They give off a strong sweet fragrance, especially in the afternoon and evening. 

Occasionally, if the weather is hot, they produce a sweet honey-like nectar.

Hoya compacta ‘Hindu Rope Plant’ Care:

Illumination:

Pits require some sunlight to flourish, but they must be protected from the strong insolation of summer.

The morning sun or rays filtered by the trees are ideal, although they can give flowers in a very bright shade.

If you grow it indoors, place it near a window facing south or east. The direct sun in the morning will do very well.

Substrate:

I usually prepare a mixture of a universal substrate with perlite or a mixture of peat and orchid substrate for outdoor activities.

It also grows very well on commercial substrates for succulent plants, as they are highly aerated and allow rapid drainage of water.

The substrate can be enriched every three months with earthworm humus and crushed charcoal to achieve more vigorous growth. 

The substrate can never be compacted because it will cause root rot.

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Watering:

It requires frequent watering during the warmer seasons of the year (2 to 3 times weekly) as it grows.

As winter approaches, we must reduce watering to once a week. If the winter temperatures are very low (less than 10ºC/50°F), the watering should be suspended until they rise again.

Before you water, makes sure your succulents soil is dry, as the leaves of the compact leaf have reserves that keep it alive in times when it receives less water.

Temperature:

Hoyas compacta are plants of tropical or subtropical origin and do not tolerate cold.

Species that come from habitats at higher altitudes can withstand a few degrees less, but it is best to grow them above 10ºC/50°F.

This species can survive in colder temperatures; its limit is around 3ºC/37°F.

But it can withstand long periods without water.

The ideal temperature is from 16ºC/60°F to 26ºC/78°F. Avoid temperatures below 5ºC/41°F or above 32ºC/89°F.

Fertilizer:

In order for the Hindu rope plant to flourish, it’s necessary to provide them with a supply of nutrients.

It is advisable to fertilize them before the flowering season with organic fertilizer and repeat it while blooming with a liquid fertilizer with a high potassium content.

Pruning:

This plant does not require pruning but does emit long, vigorous stems that you can cut to keep it manageable in size.

You can also cut what you consider to make the plant look ugly, so you should remove dead branches.

What is never cut are the stalks of the withered flowers, as they are the ones that will produce new flowers next season.

Propagation:

The Hindu rope plant can be multiplied by cuttings.

In spring, you will cut stems from the ends with 2 or 3 knots, cutting below one of them. Knots are the protuberances from which the leaves sprout.

Those on the base must be removed.

Next, you will soak the base with powdered rooting hormones.

Next, plant it in a pot with peat and perlite mixed in equal parts and water.

Finally, take a transparent plastic bottle to which you will have cut the bottom and cover the pot with it.

In order for everything to go well, it is important to remove the cap from time to time so that the air is renewed, which will prevent fungi from appearing.

In 14 to 22 days, the cutting will become a new plant.

Diseases:

It is a very resistant plant; however, it can be affected by:

Aphids and mealybugs

They can be easily removed by cleaning the compact leaf with, for example, a brush moistened in pharmacy alcohol.

problems

Transplant:

Change the pot in spring when the risk of frost has passed, do it every 2-3 years.