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Care of a Hindu Rope Plant

Once you've planted a Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa), chances are good that one plant won't be enough. You're bound to fall in love with the Hindu rope plant, with its waxy succulent leaves, long cascading vines, and huge umbrella clusters of star-like blooms. Plant the Hindu rope plant in a pot and give it a trellis or post to climb on, or plant it in a hanging container and let it cascade merrily over the sides.

Place the Hindu rope plant in bright, indirect light. Leave a distance of 2 to 3 feet between the Hindu rope plant and a hot, sunny window, or shade the window slightly with a sheer curtain.

Water the Hindu rope plant when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, then water the plant sparingly. Hindu rope plants prefer soil on the dry side.

Feed the Hindu rope plant once every other month with a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Hindu rope plants are light feeders, so dilute the fertilizer to half of the recommended strength.

Re-pot Hindu rope plant only when it's absolutely necessary, as the plant prefers not to be disturbed. When re-potting, move the plant to a container with good bottom drainage. Fill the container with equal parts peat moss and clean sand.

Remove any dead or dying leaves or stems. Otherwise, don't prune the Hindu rope plant unless it's absolutely necessary.

Keep the Hindu rope plant in a warm room. Hindu rope plant will thrive if daytime temperatures are maintained at 70 degrees or higher. Don't allow nighttime temperatures to drop below 50 degrees F.

Make Your Hindu Rope Plant Flower

Give the Hindu rope plant at least four hours of direct sunlight per day. Alternatively, set the plant under an artificial growing light or fluorescent light. Let the soil dry out again before giving more water. In winter, water just enough to prevent the plant's leaves from shriveling. Provide daytime temperatures of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Every two months, provide a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to 1/2 strength of the label recommendation. After blooming, do not remove dead flowers or the peduncles. They will produce more flowers.

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