Cyperus – Umbrella Grass 13°C (55 deg F). Africa.
No indoor plant is easier to grow than the Umbrella Plant. A good specimen of the variety C. alternifolius resembles a graceful group of miniature palm trees and looks elegant on its own or grouped with other plants.
C. diffusus is lower growing and has broader. It is less delicate in looks than C. alternifolius but it, too, is an attractive, useful and tolerant plant.
Growing season Anywhere between
Minimum winter 10-25 °C (50-77 °F)
Soil: A soil-less, though most open-textured soils will suit it.
Where to: It will thrive in light or shady conditions. It is tough and not sensitive to draughts or temperature changes.
Watering requirements: Water copiously. Keep soil almost wet. Leave water in the plant saucer. It is a relative of the Egyptian Papyrus – a swamp plant. Very few plants like theirpermanently in water – this one does.
General care: Feed it fortnightly with weak liquid fertilizer. Re-pot if necessary because of fast growth. The plant may be divided if it gets too big.
Rest: No special routine. Growth merely slows in winter.
When it looks sick:
The plant looks tired or thetips go brown : Water copiously. You cannot over-water this plant.
Leaves become unsightly or cause the plant to have a bad shape : Clip off the offendingnear the crown of the plant. They will be replaced quickly.
Never allow plants to remain wet in theirfor long periods, is almost standard advice when the experienced plants-man is asked for his, or her, advice on . However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, and the moisture-loving, rush-like cyperus is one of them. The loam mixture must be kept permanently wet, and it is usually advisable to allow the plant pot actually to stand in water (for most pot plants this would almost certainly mean a quick death).
Lack of moisture will make the tips of the leaves turn brown, or become infested with red spider mite. Use a goodcompost, and during the summer.
Cyperus develop grass-like growth at the top of slenderwhich give an umbrella appearance, hence the common name. Stalks of
Dividing mature clumps is the best method of.