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

There's something quite sweet about the Hindu rope plant (Hoya carnosa) that makes it the perfect choice for a spreading houseplant. This hoya plant can be a bit temperamental but is often worth the work. Its vines can curve around window frames, and depending on how you position it, it can grow on a lattice of bamboo. The problem is that these plants need just the right amount of light to actually bloom. If you don't have the right level of light or the proper environment to offer, you could add a secret ingredient to the process: a grow light.

The buds on the Hindu rope plant are beautiful when they begin to blossom, but even then, there's a significant risk that they may not fully bloom if they lack enough light. In addition, 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. They are houseplants, so a sunny windowsill will provide the best overall results for blooms. Direct sunlight can be problematic, and often scorches the leaves if temperatures rise too high. At the same time, don't allow the temperature to drop too low — anything under 45 degrees Fahrenheit puts these plants at risk of damage, so definitely keep the window closed on cold days.

Creating the ideal environment for Hindu rope plants

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.