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Cyperus papyrus, (10Lt bag) commonly known as Egyptian Papyrus or Paper Reed, is a striking aquatic plant that can thrive in a pond environment, adding an exotic and architectural element to your water feature. Here's a care sheet to help you cultivate Cyperus papyrus in your pond:


  • Cyperus papyrus thrives in full sun to partial shade. When growing it in a pond environment, ensure it receives ample sunlight, at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth.
  • Plant it in water depths where the base of the stems is submerged but the foliage extends above the water surface, typically in water depths of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm).

Water Requirements:

  • Cyperus papyrus is a water-loving plant and prefers consistently moist soil. Ensure that the soil around the plant remains evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  • In a pond environment, the plant will benefit from the natural moisture provided by the water, but it may still require supplemental watering during dry periods, especially if planted in soil rather than directly in the water.


  • Plant Cyperus papyrus in rich, loamy soil with good organic matter content. A mixture of aquatic planting media and clay soil works well for container-grown plants.
  • If planting directly in the pond, ensure the soil is well-aerated and that the plant's roots have access to oxygen.


  • Cyperus papyrus benefits from regular fertilization during the growing season (spring through summer) to promote healthy growth and lush foliage.
  • Use a balanced aquatic fertilizer or a fertilizer specifically formulated for pond plants, following the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and frequency.


  • Remove any dead or yellowing foliage regularly to maintain the plant's appearance and overall health.
  • Cyperus papyrus can be invasive in some regions, so monitor its growth and consider containing it in containers to prevent it from spreading uncontrollably.
  • Divide overcrowded clumps every few years to maintain vigorous growth and prevent overcrowding.

Pest and Disease Control:

  • Cyperus papyrus is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it may occasionally be susceptible to aphids, spider mites, or leaf spot.
  • Monitor the plant for signs of pests or diseases and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Winter Care:

  • Cyperus papyrus is not cold-hardy and will not survive freezing temperatures. In colder climates, overwinter container-grown plants indoors or move them to a sheltered location.
  • In regions with mild winters, plants can be left outdoors, but they may require protection from frost or freezing temperatures.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Cyperus papyrus in your pond environment, creating a stunning and exotic focal point with its tall, graceful stems and umbrella-like foliage.

Cyperus papyrus - Egyptian Papyrus or Paper Reed

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