How to propagate Cyperus involucratus (Umbrella Plant/Sedge, Umbrella Grass/Papyrus, Dwarf Papyrus Grass)
These Umbrella Plants are so easily re-propagated! A single plant can provide material to last many many years. A lifetime, so to speak, as it suckers rather rapidly, forming dense clusters effortlessly.
Check on Umbrella Plant profile here, if you’re interested.
Some of the many ways to propagate Cyperus involucratus are:
- By dividing the clumps or root ball. Wherever possible, remove the dead crown within the divisions before replanting them. This is by far the quickest and easiest method. John and I normally choose this method as it’s an opportunity to spring-clean, repot and rejuvenate our pot-bound plants!
- By germinating seeds, if available. Umbrella Plant self-sows readily too.
- By tip cuttings. Either inverse them in a bottle/tray of water or plant directly on soil in a pot or ground.
- By bending down the tip end of a stem with its leaf bracts pinned down into the moistened soil. With regular watering, a new plant will eventually emerge within a few weeks from beneath.
Here, we’d like to share just 2 methods of vegetative reproduction which we’ve experimented:
A. How to propagate by tip cuttings, planted in potting soil:
- Cut off a whole stem from the plant. Then, take only the tip cutting of about 10cm long and shorten the length of the leaf bracts as well.
- Plant the tip cutting upside down in moistened potting medium. Push it down and cover with soil.
- Place it at a sunny spot and with regular watering, a new plant should emerge within a month or so.
B. How to propagate by tip cuttings, inversed in water:
- Cut off a whole stem from the plant. Then, take only the tip cutting of about 10-15cm long and shorten the length of the leaves as well.
- Invert with its head plunge into a bottle or tray of water.
- Site it at a sunny spot (to maintain warm temperature for best result) and roots will form at the center of the ‘upside-down umbrella’ and eventually a new plant will emerge and grow upward in about a month.
- You can then plant it in potting medium – carefully snip off the old leaves of the tip cutting, being mindful not to damage the newly-formed roots and plant the new plant, either in a pot or in the ground. Best if plant can get morning sun or filtered sunlight for optimum growth.
- This photo below illustrates how the plants are faring on July 12, more than 3 months later.
Enjoy…hope the tips have been useful!