Growing Tips For ‘Prince Tut’ Cyperus Grass

prince-tut-cyperus-grassEditor’s Note: Each month, the Greenhouse Grower varieties team chooses one noteworthy variety we think is worth bringing to your attention. Then we share growers’ and breeders’ perspectives on the best ways to produce it successfully at your operation.

This month we feature ‘Prince Tut’ from Proven Winners’ Graceful Grasses collection, a compact form of Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) that is half the size of ‘King Tut.’ ‘Prince Tut’ received an Honorable Mention from Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Medal of Excellence in Breeding award program. This sturdy grass is versatile, working well in all container sizes with its columnar habit and dense canopy and filling out well in the landscape.

Growing Tips From Mike Goyette of Pleasant View Gardens

Greenhouse Grower magazine named Mike Goyette as a finalist for its 2016 Head Grower of the Year program and winner of its Excellence in Quality award. Goyette says ‘Prince Tut’ is an iconic plant with a tropical feel that stood out in trials. It is a compact, sturdier version of ‘King Tut’ Cyperus grass that handles light frost in the fall and is super easy to produce from rooted liners. It makes a good shade plant, too. Goyette says he has grown it under heavy shade, and it has performed well.

Goyette’s Recommendations For ‘Prince Tut’ Grass:
Fertilizer: Use any full package general use liquid fertilizer at 150 ppm nitrogen constant to match your operation’s water quality. ‘Prince Tut’ tolerates a wide pH range of 6 to 6.5 and a soil EC of 0.6 to 0.9 (2:1 method).
Propagation: Not allowed. Available as rooted liners via Proven Winners only.
Plant Growth Regulators: These are generally not needed, but to control height or to “miniaturize” for smaller pots use a paclobutrazol drench at 1 ppm.
Pinching: Not needed
Lighting: Artificial lighting is not needed. The plants do well with natural light from partial shade to full sun.
Growing Media: ‘Prince Tut’ will grow in most soils and tolerate poor soil conditions (heavy, wet, pond edges, etc.). Any standard growing medium will work fine.
Irrigation: Keep plants moist to wet. Water to 4 or 5 on the watering scale and allow to dry down to a 3. Do not allow the plants to dry down past a 2.
Temperatures: For growing on, temperatures should be mid 60s and warmer. Plants can go down to the mid 50s for finishing.
Planting/Scheduling: 4- to 5-inch quart pots (4 to 6 weeks), 6-inch and gallon pots (6 to 8 weeks)
Pests/Diseases: Due to the water requirements of ‘Prince Tut,’ scout for fungus gnats. There were no disease issues with this plant.

Production Quick Facts From Proven Winners

pH: 6 to 6.5
EC (2:1 Extraction Method): 0.6 to 0.9
Fertilizer: Medium (150 to 200 ppm)
Lighting: Medium
Irrigation: Moist to Wet
Growing on temperature: 65°F to 72°F
Holding temperature: 50°F to 60°F
Planting/Timing: Spring to summer sales, standard PPP
Pinching/PGRs: No pinching or plant growth regulators needed.
Pests/Diseases: Use general pest and disease practices. May need to repeat fungicide drench if soil-borne disease occurs.
Spring outdoor finish: Do not move outside until after last frost.
Grower tip: Can be grown as a water plant or bog plant.

Topics: , , ,

Leave a Reply

One comment on “Growing Tips For ‘Prince Tut’ Cyperus Grass

More From Varieties...
Ball-Bed-with-Midnight-Snack-tomato_Cornell

November 18, 2017

2017 Cornell University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Read More
Pepper Cayenne ‘Red Ember’ (Johnny’s Selected Seeds)

November 17, 2017

Presenting All-America Selections’ Latest Round of Award-Winners

All-America Selections has announced the latest round of its award-winning varieties, each of which was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges.

Read More
Eason-New-Calibrachoa-Hi-Graft

November 14, 2017

Eason Horticultural Resources Introduces New Decorative Calibrachoa

Created by Hishtil Nursery in Israel, the new decorative forms of calibrachoa feature an 8- to 12-inch stem and come in four colors of calibrachoa blooms on top.

Read More
Latest Stories
Ball-Bed-with-Midnight-Snack-tomato_Cornell

November 18, 2017

2017 Cornell University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Read More
Pepper Cayenne ‘Red Ember’ (Johnny’s Selected Seeds)

November 17, 2017

Presenting All-America Selections’ Latest Round of Awar…

All-America Selections has announced the latest round of its award-winning varieties, each of which was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges.

Read More
Eason-New-Calibrachoa-Hi-Graft

November 14, 2017

Eason Horticultural Resources Introduces New Decorative…

Created by Hishtil Nursery in Israel, the new decorative forms of calibrachoa feature an 8- to 12-inch stem and come in four colors of calibrachoa blooms on top.

Read More
Pennisetum glaucum 'Copper Prince'

November 13, 2017

Top Performing Plant Varieties from 2017 Field Trials

See some of plant varieties that made top performer lists in 2017 field trials across the country.

Read More
Sakata-Trial-at-Clemson-1

November 10, 2017

A Quick Look at Sakata’s Clemson Landscape Trial

For the first time, Sakata Ornamentals hosted a 2017 Southern Garden Tour trial stop at Clemson University.

Read More

November 8, 2017

2017 Metrolina Greenhouses Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC.

Read More
Youngs-Plant-Farm-Themed-Plant-Beds

November 8, 2017

How Young’s Plant Farm Uses Its Trial Gardens to …

The purpose of the trial gardens is to ensure that Young’s is consistently bringing the right product to the marketplace, so consumers will continue to be successful.

Read More

November 7, 2017

Update: Dümmen Orange Acquires McHutchison and Vaughan’…

The move further expands Dümmen’s Orange’s grower reach in North America. McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture will continue to provide full-service offerings to grower customers.

Read More
Metrolina-Home-Garden-Panel-feature

November 6, 2017

Metrolina Shows Off Its Summer Best During Southern Gar…

This summer’s Southern grower trials experienced unseasonably cool weather, but the plants still thrived. Consumer panels topped off the week, providing valuable insight for suppliers, growers, and their retail customers.

Read More
Ball Ingenuity Catalog

November 3, 2017

Ball Seed Releases New Mums, Ball Ingenuity Catalogs

The mum catalog features a new format that organizes mums by color, while the Ball Ingenuity Catalog focuses on marketing opportunities.

Read More

October 29, 2017

Green Leaf Plants New Catalog is Now Available

The new catalog for 2017 and 2018 includes 800 varieties in eight cell sizes, including vernalized.

Read More
Allan Armitage San Marzano tomato plant feature

October 26, 2017

Allan Armitage: Why Simplicity Rules for Younger Homeow…

Most starter gardeners are not looking to buy the ingredients to make a combination planter or basket. They want it made for them — no muss, no fuss.

Read More
Suntory Blue Rose Applause

October 21, 2017

Suntory’s Blue Rose ‘Applause’ Now Available to U.S. Fl…

‘Applause’ was originally introduced to the U.S. in 2011, and since then it was been successfully tested and selected to meet new market conditions.

Read More

October 17, 2017

14 New Shrubs With Fringe Benefits

What’s popular with shrubs? Consumers want varieties that will give them more return on their investment, in terms of long-lasting blooms and multi-season appeal that lasts from spring until fall and at times stretches into the winter months. Here are 14 new varieties of shrubs and sub-shrubs to consider for your product mix in 2018.

Read More

October 14, 2017

PlantPeddler Hosting Poinsettia Variety Day in December

The event will feature side-by-side comparisons of more than 100 commercial and pre-released varieties from seven breeders.

Read More

October 10, 2017

Coastal Callas Is a Dream Fulfilled for Founder Adrian …

Adrian Espinoza and his family founded Rancho Espinoza Inc. and Coastal Callas in California seven years ago with a mission and purpose to provide consistent quality and reliable supply of calla lilies to the marketplace.

Read More
Azalea Encore Autumn Bonfire

October 4, 2017

Big Changes on the Horizon for Woody Ornamentals

The future looks bright for the woody ornamentals market, with exciting new varieties in the pipeline that will offer greater disease resistance, cold hardiness, bloom capacity, and more.

Read More

October 3, 2017

25 New Blooming Potted Plants for Luxury Sales

Consider these new blooming potted plant varieties that offer full blooms, unique foliage, and a touch of extravagance and easy maintenance for time-strapped customers who want to pamper themselves.

Read More