Cyperus Papyrus Seeds (papyrus, papyrus sedge)

Cyperus Papyrus Seeds (papyrus, papyrus sedge)


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Source of papyrus paper. Parts of the plant can be eaten. Grows in full sun and wet boggy soils.


Cyperus Papyrus, commonly known as Papyrus or Papyrus Sedge is native to Egypt. The aquatic plant grows in full sun, in wet swamps and on lake margins throughout Africa, Madagascar and the Mediterranean countries. Cyperus papyrus growth is very fast. It can grow 4 to 5 m (13 to 16 ft) high. Each stem is topped by a dense cluster of thin, bright green, thread-like stems around 10 to 30 cm (4 to 10 in) in length. It is a tropical plant that requires high humidity and relatively warm temperatures. The base of the pot should always soak in water. The plant was used in paper-making in Ancient Egypt. Hardiness zone: 9-11
Label No
Common name papyrus sedge, paper reed, Indian matting plant
Family Cyperaceae
Genus Cyperus
Species Cyperus papyrus
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Plant papyrus seeds indoors. Use a pot with drainage holes and rich, moist soil. Lightly cover the seeds with soil. Do not immerse in water while germinating but keep moist. Papyrus is slow to germinate--seedlings should start to produce in a month.

Transfer seedlings to shallow water in direct sun. Submerge entire pot slowly and at a slight angle to minimize soil loss. If the weather is not past frost season, create an indoor water spot using a plastic tub.

Feed cyperus plants regularly with a fertilizer designed for water plants. Stop fertilizing when moved inside for winter.

Prune spent growth regularly to keep dying plant matter out of your water feature. Decaying matter can cause many problems to your mini-ecosystem.

Move plants indoors for winter months or cold spells. Plants left in water and full sun will continue to grow year-round. Leaving your plant in low light and kept moist will keep it dormant until next growing season.
Scarification / Stratification No

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