July 23, 2011

My River Nile - Papyrus for us

ONE OF THE OLDEST USEFUL PLANTS TO MANKIND, THE PAPYRUS (CYPERUS PAPYRUS)  PROVIDED PAPER TO THE PHARAOHS, AND SERVED AS CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL FOR BOATS IN EGYPT. TODAY, IT IS A COMMON AND USEFUL ORNAMENTAL PLANT FOR PONDS AND CONTAINERS.
 Nothing beats the Papyrus, as a potted plant specimen, it grows fast, and lush in just one season. If you remember, I potted this plant in February, in the greenhouse where it grew slowly until moved outdoors for the summer. With todays 103 degree heat, it looks perfectly at home, and it may even think that it is growing on the Nile. Back in February, you may have thought that this container seemed too large, but  in fact, the container could have been larger. This is  a plant that prefers to grow in water, but it doesn't have to, this year, I am just being sure to water this pot twice a day. It is now nearly 7 feet tall. This is a fast growing sedge, which is also knowns as Bullrush.
POTTED IN FEBRUARY, THIS CONTAINER MAY SEEM TO BE TOO LARGE, BUT NOW, YOU CAN SEE WHY I CHOSE IT - AND THE SUMMER IS ONLY HALF WAY OVER. BY OCTOBER, THIS PLANT WILL COMPLETELY FILL THE POT, AND IT CAN REACH 9 FEET TALL.

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