King Tut revisited, revived!

It seems like just a day or two ago, but ten days ago I divided my 'King Tut' papyrus. It had been in the garage for a couple of months, and I was afraid that I had waited too long to bring a division inside under the lights.

Some parts of the plant look pretty terrible, but it's not all bad news.


Remember, this is the division I crammed into a 5-gallon bucket, brought inside, and filled partway with water (since papyrus is a water or marsh plant).

So after 10 days, all of the tallest stems have died, or are in the process of dying:

But don't despair, as the smallest stems that seemed to have gone dormant in the garage have started growing again and their "tassles" have begun to open up:

There are new shoots coming from the base of the existing stems too, which is a definite sign that the plant is awake and alive:

I'm relieved, but I'll have to keep an eye on this guy now. If I remember right, the small divisions I tried to overwinter a couple of years ago started out fine, but didn't make it through the winter. I'm hoping the larger division and bucket of water will do the trick this year.

I really want to see what this plant will do in the ground this year!

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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM)  

Still love the look of this plant. I hope you'll be able to keep it alive.

anne  – (January 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM)  

Guess what I saw today at our local hardware store?! A display of seed packets! I couldn't believe it, especially since we are expecting a lot more snow - feels like I won't see dirt for many months....
That King Tut plant is great - the tassles remind me of my Geum triflorum Prairie Smoke - very Dr. Seuss-like.

Alan  – (January 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM)  

Anne -- how many packets did you buy? ;-)

Actually, the "tufts" only look fuzzy like that because they're dead and dry. Looks cool when alive too though.

anne  – (January 31, 2011 at 6:42 PM)  

none - I was there to get house stuff. But when I do buy my 2 packs of peas (plenty for my small garden) I'll get them at the garden store in my town - I like their selection better.

I didn't realize the tufts were dead - they still look somewhat green! Shows you how much I know about King Tut papyrus!

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