Wild Spike (Cyperus)
Latin Name: Alternifolia
Item #: 1709
Suitable for Containers:
CYPERUS - Umbrella PlantFoliage 2.5 ft/76 cm
GREENHOUSE: Cyperus is a perennial foliage in Florida and thrives in moist soil along the river banks. It may also be grown hydroponically, in the centers of small ponds etc. - with it’s roots in water. Cyperus makes an excellent house plant, and survives, where others find conditions too wet. SOW SEED - anytime between Jan. 1st and Mar. 1st @ 70°F/ 21°C soil temp., seed is very fine, sow it thinly and just press it into the soil surface. Some growers suggest soaking the seed for 10 hours before seeding to speed up germination, which usually takes between 15 to 21 days. Do not cover the seed with soil. Can also be sown 5 - 6 seeds in Jiffy - 7 pellets or small 2 1/4 in/ 6 cm peat pots, thin to one strong seedling per pot.
TRANSPLANT seedlings into 3 in/ 8 cm pots in April, set them outdoors in an area where they are easily watered during the summer. Move indoors Sept. 1st, and re-pot into 6 - 8 in/ 15- 20 cm pots - use as a house plant during the winter, or put them in the cellar with pots in a saucer of water so that roots can keep the plants vital. Move pots outdoors June 10th. Use as a focal point in formal or informal circular beds, just like dracaena. Feed plants with a weak solution of 20 - 20 - 20 soluble fertilizer at the first signs of brown foliage.