8" Hoya Carnosa Compacta Hanging Basket

Common names for Hoya carnosa compacta include the Hindu rope plant, Krinkle Kurl, porcelain flower, and wax plant. Each of these highlights a distinctive characteristic of this unique plant.

Its draping vines resemble thick ropes with their crowded, contorted leaves. These fleshy, curled leaves, which may be either solid dark green in color or variegated green and white, have an attractive glossy or waxy appearance. The clusters of small star-shaped flowers are also often waxy. And they are so delightfully perfect, they appear to be made of porcelain.

While a Hindu rope plant may appear to do just fine in low light conditions, particularly if it has solid green rather than variegated leaves, this will cause it to grow more slowly. Also, the plant won’t blossom unless it receives very bright indirect sunlight.

A south-facing window (that’s north-facing for the Southern Hemisphere, of course) is best, although eastern and western exposures may also work if they are bright enough. This plant will even tolerate a little direct sunlight; however, too much direct sunlight or direct sunlight paired with high heat will burn the plant’s flowers and leaves.

When it comes to watering, the Hindu rope plant doesn’t ask for much. During spring and summer, when the plant is in its active growing phase, you should allow the potting medium to become almost dry before watering. During the cooler months, when the plant is experiencing its resting phase, you should cut back even further and only water the plant occasionally.

To water a Hindu rope plant, flood the potting mixture with plenty of water and allow the excess to drain out of the pot, making sure to never leave the plant standing in water for more than 15 minutes, if you are setting it in the sink or using a watering tray. Source: www.smartgardenguide.com

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