Plant Care Cyperus Alternifolius

Cyperus Alternifolius

4.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Cyperus Alternifolius has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Cyperus Alternifolius has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Sedge and Umbrella Palm


Cyperus alternifolius

How to care for Cyperus Alternifolius


How often to water your Cyperus Alternifolius

Water needs for Cyperus Alternifolius
0.5 cups
every 9

Cyperus Alternifolius needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cyperus Alternifolius

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Umbrella Papyrus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cyperus Alternifolius: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cyperus Alternifolius may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Cyperus Alternifolius

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cyperus Alternifolius: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cyperus Alternifolius after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Cyperus Alternifolius is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Cyperus Alternifolius

Cyperus Alternifolius

Cyperus Alternifolius

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cyperus Alternifolius has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Cyperus Alternifolius has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Cyperus Alternifolius has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Cyperus Alternifolius has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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Bottom leave keep falling off but tops keep growing

Browns easily Browns easily

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