Plant Care Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

4.7 out of 5 (42 experiences)

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

With over 500 species and even more cultivars, there's a Hoya out there for everyone! They're native to Southeast Asia and their common name, waxplant, refers to their thick, waxy leaves which help them retain water in the heat. They're excellent climbers and will take off if you give them a trellis to grow on. Their other-worldly, star-shaped flowers are often fragrant and come in brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow, and more!


Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Also known as

FKA Hindu Rope and Hindu Rope Plant

How to care for Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'


How often to water your Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Water needs for Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'
0.5 cups
every 12

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hoya carnosa 'Compacta': 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Hoya carnosa 'Compacta': repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta'

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 21
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Calitocarolina avatar
leaf-1 123 Plants
xp 7,467 XP
globe Wilmington, NC

It has such a unique look. Different and fun. Being a Hoya fairly easy to take care of.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Bjoyce avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL

I struggled with this one at first. I’ve stabilized it but I’m still trying to find the best spot for growth. Overall decent though and I’m hopeful it’ll make a comeback

Brando avatar
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 5,766 XP
globe Albany, NY

Unique looking plant that’s easy to care for and let’s you know when it’s feeling a bit dehydrated (gets a lil wrinkly)

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leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 11,048 XP


Survivor Survivor
Jan avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 648 XP

Slow grower

Patiovert avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 671 XP

This plant has increased in size since I brought it home, but seems to like taking its time. I gently moisten the soil when it gets very hot, as it’s been for the last two weeks or so, but otherwise leave it in its little greenhouse to enjoy the indirect sunlight.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Cody avatar
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 5,512 XP
globe New York

Probably the easiest hoya to grow. Just watch out for pests, with these crinkles you’ll never get them out.

Survivor Survivor
Growwithme avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA

Sloooooooooooow grower but it’s still really cute.

Catalina.plants111 avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 384 XP

The hoya compacta is a very sturdy houseplant...BUT, I was dumb and left it in a shady part of my room... it didn’t kill it, but it definitely didn’t thrive. now it’s right in front of my window (north facing) and it’s looking a lot better. in general if you have a window facing south or west i would definitely recommend to keep your hoya in that room in a spot where it can get a moderate amount of light. 🌞🪴

Survivor Survivor
Elephantplantlover30 avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 210 XP

Such a beauty but requires a sweet spot of care: not too much sun, not too little sun, not too little water, and definitely not too much water! Gets crinkly when unhappy.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Darlingnikki77 avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 1,467 XP
globe Manhattan, KS

One of my favorites!

Survivor Survivor
Sdpage27 avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 508 XP
globe Dallas, TX

I love this plant because it’s different and I always get compliments on it. It’s a very slow grower but it does propagate easily.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Plantsong avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 4,470 XP

Can’t seem to figure this plant out. The leaves became wrinkled after I watered it and I did not give a lot of water. Seems like when the dirt is dry it is happiest. I give up on this one. Not as cute as I thought it would be either.

Megano avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,080 XP
globe Washington, DC

Definitely a really slow grower, so is you’re looking for something to continually change, this isn’t your plant. Seems to love its spot near the humidifier.

Emmyanenome avatar
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 3,357 XP

Easy, but a sloooooow grower.

Survivor Survivor
_gnomad avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 384 XP

When I first received this lady, she was pretty well kept. My mistake was having her near a lighted candle which shocked a stem and caused immediate shrinkage of leaves. After cutting the damage and re-locating closer to a east facing window, she’s doing great again. Even recovering halved leaves with new fiber growth. A slow grower without fertilizer, but could be faster in a perfect spot for indirect, bright light and a water time table. Do not recommend for house/apartment that tends to stay cooler.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Petal avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 235 XP
globe Charleston, IL

I just got a 4 inch pot with 3 rooted cuttings. Ive had it for 3 weeks now and its already growing 2 sets of leaves. The other growth point is putting out a stem for new leaves. I have it directly in a south facing wind

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Siobhanglg avatar
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 523 XP
globe Denver, CO

My pride and joy! Loves nice, bright light and staying pretty dry

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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 522 XP
globe White Bear Lake, MN

It doesn’t heron much bigger, but it takes neglect and the foliage is super interesting.

Survivor Survivor

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