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Why is my hoya rope getting mushy?

Having trouble with your rope plant? Here’s why your hoya rope plant is getting mushy and what to do about it!

I love my hoya rope plant (Hoya Carnosa Compacta) because I think it has the most interesting, unique foliage.

Check out my complete hoya rope care guide here.

These plants are easy to care for – but they can be a bit picky on watering.

If you don’t get the watering right, the leaves can get mushy and fall off.

why is my hoya rope getting mushy

Why is my hoya rope plant getting mushy?!

If your hoya rope plant is getting mushy and dropping yellow leaves – especially leaves right at the base, next to the soil – this is a sign that your plant is being overwatered.

crispy leaf on hoya rope plant

Hoya rope plants are actually fine to dry out a lot between waterings.

I prefer to bottom water my hoya rope. This means that I set the black nursery pot (with drainage holes in the bottom) in a shallow dish of water for about 30 minutes.

This allows the soil to absorb water without it coming in contact with the leaves of the plant.

mushy leaf on hoya rope plant

Remember – hoya rope leaves tend to get mushy and rot if moisture sits on them. So, keep them dry to keep them happy!

I also prefer to water my hoyas with rain water. Here’s a guide on the best water for houseplants!

yellow leaf falling off hoya rope plant

Also, be sure not to water the plant too often. Stick your finger 2 inches into the top of the soil. Don’t water again until it feels completely dry!

Be sure that your pot has proper drainage holes. Pooling water in the bottom of the plant can lead to root rot, which will kill the plant!

If the soil is very soggy, pull out the plant, remove the wet soil, and replace with fresh new soil.

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