Cyperus alternifolius or true umbrella palm, an aquatic plant that is perfect for beginners

Vista del Cyperus alternifolius

The Cyperus alternifolius, known as the true umbrella palm, is an aquatic plant that lives along the banks of the rivers. Grows very fast, but does not reach an exaggerated height. In addition, their maintenance is so simple it’s hard to believe that they care so easily. In case outside little, it is perfect to have in the pot throughout their life.

If you want to know more about it, please do not hesitate to continue reading to know about its features and how is your culture.

What are its characteristics?

The Cyperus alternifolius is a perennial plant rizomatosa native of Madagascar, which reaches a height of 50-150cm. A rhizome short, horizontal sprout stalks which grow upright and are obtuse-trigonus, smooth and finely scabrous. The leaves are acintadas, 1cm thick or less, and of green color. The flowers are spikes that are grouped in clusters of 5-10mm, globose.

Its rate of growth and development is quite fast. If the growing conditions are right, can reach its mature height in just two years. In addition, as it is not affected by pests or micro-organisms that cause diseases, you can decorate without any problems any corner all the days of his life.

How do you care for?

Cyperus alternifolius

If you want to get a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outside, in full sun. You can be in partial shade, but in that case you have to give more light than shadow.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: culture substrate universal mixed with a 30% of the garden.
    • Garden: it is indifferent, provided it has good drainage.
  • Irrigation: very common. You have to have the ”feet” always moist. For this reason, I advise to plant it in a bucket of these of rubber with no holes used by farmers and gardeners (you can get it here).
  • Paid: from spring to summer with an organic fertilizer, such as guano.
  • Time of planting or transplanting: in the spring.
  • Propagation: by division of kills in the spring.
  • Hardiness: it can survive the cold and frost of up to -7ºC.

I enjoy the Cyperus alternifolius!

The article Cyperus alternifolius or true umbrella palm, an aquatic plant that is perfect for beginners has been originally published in Gardening On.

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