After an obsession with Ancient Egypt for as long as I can remember, I have finally grown Papryus! It's always been a thing I've wanted to try and if you have too then I hope this helps
Step 1: Bit of History
The reed Cyperus Papyrus has been cultivated on the banks of the river Nile for many thousands of years. The plant provided an essential range of materials for ancient Egyptian people, the pith being flattened and layered into papyrus paper, and the outer epidermis being used to weave baskets and sandals.
In Ancient Egypt they cultivated a special strain of papyrus that gave an excellent yield of pith for paper
But unfortunately that species has been lost in the sands of time...