A friend once told me that one of the most satisfying plants to propgate is a papyrus. And all you need to do was turn the stem upside down in some water. And after a while it grows roots.
I was incredulous and didn't really believe her until I tried it for myself. And even then it was only given real kudus when I happened to see Alan Titchmarsh performing the same "trick" of papyrus propagation on a Gardeners World Programme.
Papyrus is an attractive, ornamental rush that can be grown outside in a pot (standing in water) or boggy ground during the warm summer months. Each stem grows up to a metre tall and is topped with an umbrella of green foliage. They are, however not hardy and should either be brought inside (where they will flourish as a house plant) or used in a similar way to summer bedding.
A papyrus plant at the front of a warm, south facing corner of the garden with agapanthus, paulownia tomentosa and solanum crispin.
So this is how you do it
• Cut a stalk 8 to 10 inches long.
• Turn the cutting upside down and place the leaves in water.
• The leaves may go a bit brown. Don't worry about that. Keep changing the water. After about 3 weeks roots will form.
• Pot it up and keep well watered and soon you will have a new plant and you can take more cuttings.
So there it is. How to take papyrus cuttings. Easy as 1, 2, 3.