The Secret To Encouraging Your Hindu Rope Plant To Blossom Beautiful Flowers

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The Secret To Encouraging Your Hindu Rope Plant To Blossom Beautiful Flowers

The Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa) is a great choice for a spreading houseplant with its sweet appearance. However, it may be a bit temperamental and require some careful attention. The vines of this plant can wrap around window frames and can be trained to grow on a bamboo lattice. But, for this plant to bloom, it needs the right amount of light. If you don’t have the right level of light or environment, you can use a grow light as a secret ingredient to help the plant grow.

The Hindu rope plant has beautiful buds that can bloom if it receives the right amount of light. However, if it lacks enough light, the flowers may not fully bloom. Once the flowers begin to bud, changing the lighting too much can cause each one to lose its buds and disrupt their ability to reach their stunning fullness.

The ideal environment for these plants is in bright sunlight. Placing them on a sunny windowsill will provide the best results. Direct sunlight can be problematic as it may cause the leaves to scorch if the temperature rises too high. Be sure not to allow the temperature to drop too low either, as anything below 45 degrees Fahrenheit can put these plants at risk of damage. Keep the window closed on cold days to protect them.

Creating the ideal environment for Hindu rope plants

Hindu rope plant in window

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First, make sure your Hindu rope plant is in the ideal environment – one with higher humidity. It also needs soil that’s easily drained, and consider misting the plant, too. Then, wait. Typically, it takes two to three years for the plant to blossom in the most desirable environment. It typically occurs in the spring to summer months, though it can go later into the year.

If all of that is working but you’re not able to get the right light management for these plants, seriously consider investing in a grow light. The best light comes from the east, and this plant will benefit from bright but indirect sunlight the best. That’s tricky, especially if you are placing it in a west-facing window. This is where a grow light can help by providing up to 16 hours of sunlight each day.

Choose a grow light that’s fitting for the space in size and overall access. Then, make sure to avoid shining too much light directly on the plant. You can purchase an actual grow light or invest in grow light bulbs, which are available from Amazon and Home Depot at prices ranging from $9 to $19. They are beneficial because they screw right into an existing lamp, allowing you to not have to worry about a large contraption getting in your way.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.