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Hoya compacta ‘Regalis’ – Variegated Hindu Rope

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Scientific Name

Hoya compacta ‘Regalis’

Common Names

Variegated Hindu Rope, Variegated Indian Rope

Synonyms

Hoya compacta ‘Variegata’

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Marsdenieae
Genus: Hoya

Description

Hoya compacta ‘Regalis’ is variegated form of Hoya compacta. Dark green curled fleshy foliage, edged in creamy white, is dense enough to appear as a living rope. Great for hanging baskets. From late spring to autumn, bears dense umbels up to 2.5 inches (6.2 cm) across of 20 star-shaped, waxy, lightly scented flowers.

Hoya compacta 'Regalis' - Variegated Hindu Rope Plant

Photo via gardenweb.com

How to Grow and Care

Hoya plants don’t ask for much, beyond the well-draining soil and the warm humid conditions that many tropical flowers crave. They don’t like wet feet or heavy soil, and as many grow as epiphytes in nature (similar to bromeliads and orchids). Give them at least a half day of sunshine, and bring them indoors when temperatures drop below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C).

When your Hoyas finishes blooming, leave the flower stalk, as it may produce new flowers. Removing the stalk forces the plant to produce a new stalk, which delays blooming and wastes the plant’s energy. They are light feeders, and a monthly drink of compost tea or dilute fish emulsion provides all the nutrition these tropicals need. Hoyas like the security of a snug pot, and plants that are a bit root bound will flower more prolifically than those that are swimming around in a giant pot.

Propagate Hoyas by cuttings of top growth, or by leaf cuttings in the same manner as African Violets and Gloxinias. The average cutting or leaf start will produce a blooming plant in two years or less… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Hoya.

Origin

Garden origin.

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