The Q&A Archives: Papyrus Propagation

Question: I have been looking for information about how to propagate papyrus. I heard somewhere that I should simply cut some off from the rest using some sharp scissors, but the part I separated by doing so isn't doing so well. I have my plants growing in bowls of water, under a plant light. There's a little soil in each bowl, but mostly it's water.

Thanks for any tips you can give me.

Answer: Cyperus papyrus is a tall, graceful plant with dark green stems to 10', topped with clusters of green threadlike parts to 1 1/2' long, which will grow in full sun to full shade, in rich, moist soil. The plant prefers to have its roots in water, so the environment you're giving it should be just right. Papyrus is a clumping sedge and can be divided early in the spring or in the fall, by digging and cutting into pieces. Be sure to leave some foliage attached to each clump of roots. If your papyrus looks unhappy, it's probably just adjusting to being divided. Give it a little while to get accustomed to its new home. Many people take a division of papyrus in the autumn and winter it over indoors with great success. Your plant should be just fine, given an adjustment period.

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