Nov 09 , 2019
This curly girl is one of my fave plants I own - the Indian Rope Hoya. I would like to say I’ve enjoyed watching her grow, but it’s probably the slowest growing plant I own!
Care for these cuties is similar to that of succulents and other dry soil-loving plants. They do not like having wet feet at all, so above all else, go easy on the water!
Light: Medium to bright indirect light. If growth is leggy (all vine, no leaves), it needs more light
Water: Sparing. These guys like the soil to dry out completely before watering so check the soil with your finger or a moisture meter and only water when dry
Pests: They are prone to mealy bugs which love hiding in their crevices (see below for an example of what to look for) so it’s important you look real closely (get your creep on) once every week or so to stay on top of bugs. Personally I’m not super phased by mealies as they’re easier to treat and less destructive than other bugs, but more importantly, pests happen and I deal with them all the time. When I notice them, I shower the plant thoroughly and then spray it with Confidor. There’s loads of other treatment options out there that are equally effective, this is just what I do. Some suggest using isopropyl on the end of a Q tip to clean them off, but I ain’t got time for that! They’ll benefit from regular doses of seasol or seaweed solution to make them more resilient to pests which you can spray weekly either in the soil or on the foliage
Example of mealybugs hiding in the crevices of the Indian Rope Hoya leaves
Growing style: These guys grow slow. Real slow. I bought three long vines last July to pot together which have grown about 10cm and have grown three more vines that may eventually hang sometime in 2030. There’s no hack to make these grow other than good old fashioned sunlight and time!
Price: If you’re keen on one, hunt around as prices really vary, at least what I’ve noticed in Aus. I’ve seen tiny 10cm vines sell for $10 and 30cm vines sell for $25, with prices stable for the last 12 months