Papyrus plant

The papyrus plant

The papyrus species are over six hundred and differ in the height of the stems and the type of inflorescences, more or less showy, but all have in common the characteristic of requiring abundant water for a luxuriant growth. The papyrus is one of the few plants not to be afraid of stagnation, true enemies of most plants. Aesthetically, the plant has an elegant bearing, with a slender stem, at the top of which there are long and thin bracts arranged like an umbrella. The inflorescences , which appear from July to September, resemble small straw-yellow ears. The bush loves light and water; these are the elements we must offer him to have lush and florid plants.

The best places for papyrus

We have seen that two are the fundamental conditions for its growth: good brightness and abundance of water. It adapts to both outdoor life, as long as the climate is not too harsh, than in an apartment. Outdoors you can place in tubs, edges of ponds, fountains and basins. He fears only the strong wind that can break the thin stem. In the house, the best place can be the bathroom, in an area with good lighting. The humidity of this environment is not favorable to all plants, while papyrus takes great advantage of it. Indoors, the pot should always rest on a saucer in which there is some water, or be placed in another larger pot, which helps the plant maintain moisture.

Plant multiplication

Given its versatility, elegance and adaptability, the desire to multiply the plant is often felt. The operation is really simple and suitable even for the less experienced in the field of gardening. The Cyperus develops rhizomes that are easily separable and, placed in new pots or outdoor places, easily give life to new lush plants. Once the plant is removed from the pot, it is gently divided in half, eliminating any old and woody roots. Another possibility of plant multiplication is given by the cutting, a technique that is particularly used thanks to its effectiveness in plant reproduction. Just take a stem with its apex of leaves, cut the latter about halfway and place the stem upside down in a container full of water. In short, hold roots and sprouts and the plant will be poured into a vase with porous soil that avoids stagnation.

Papyrus plant: We cure papyrus

We have seen that papyrus has few needs, but even this plant can suffer from wrong situations or if neglected. We see the most common causes of discomfort and the related remedies. If the leaves have brown spots, the waterings have been too abundant and the stagnant water has caused rot. Suspend the watering for a few days and remove the darkened parts. On the contrary, the tip of the yellowed and dry leaves is an indication of scarcity of water and humidity, therefore it is necessary to provide for regular watering and increase the humidity, perhaps by vaporising. uniformly green the plant has little light. Move to a brighter place. Scale insects should be removed with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol or, if the plants are large, with a specific pesticide.