Family: Geraniaceae (includes Geranium and Pelargonium)
Genus: Geranium (includes the cranesbills (the true geraniums))
Botanical/Binomial Name: Geranium robertianum
Common Names: Herb Robert, Robert’s Geranium, St. Robert’s Wort
Botanical Characteristics: Herbaceous | Annual or Biennial | Self-Pollinating | Frost hardy
Propagation: Sow seed | Self-seeds readily
Dimensions of the bottomless pot are 90 mm square × 150 mm deep. The square shape and bottomless design produces beautifully straight and deep roots with no spiralling whatsoever. This gives these young plants every advantage once planted out.
The plant pictured is about 120 mm high.
Herb Robert is a true geranium which grows to about 300-400 mm high. It is a famed medicinal herb with internal and external healing properties.
The plant has a delicate appearance and produces dainty 15 mm diameter mauve flowers in spring through to autumnn.
Herb Robert is moderately frost-tolerant, prefers moist soil, and can grow in semi-shade to full sun in temperate climates. (It will do better in part-shade in very hot climates.) Leaves and stems may turn red in full, bright, sun.
This plant is propagated by seed, and self-seeds readily. However, the timing of seed collection is crucial, as the seed capsules have an ‘explosive’ nature and will propel the seed some distance away and in all directions. To collect by hand, either pick the seed pods when they are about 2 cm long and feel plump and hard between two fingers, or simply cover the pods with a breathable bag to trap the expelled seeds when the capsule opens. If picking the capsules, allow to dry for 3-4 days minimum. Sow seed in a shady spot to 5 mm depth for best germination, which can take up to six weeks. Keep moist with regular watering.
Alternatively, take advantage of the ‘explosivity’ by keeping a flowering plant in a pot and placing this where you would like more to grow. As some capsules open, move the plant to another location to repeat.
Local pick-up is welcome — we’re in Gwynneville, near Wollongong University.
Pick-up is by mutual arrangement please, as we don’t have a shopfront.
Having said that, we are always here and more often than not can easily fit in with whichever day and time suits you best!
Feel free to suggest preferred pick-up time(s) in the comments box during checkout and we’ll reply as soon as we see the notification.
Especial Note Regarding Large Air-Pot® Orders
Depending on the order, we may suggest that large Air-Pot® orders are best sent directly to you from the warehouse.
Especial Note Regarding Jujube Trees
When posting out bare-rooted jujube trees, we routinely trim them to fit the box and keep postage costs to a minimum. These trees are typically knee-high when planted out, though some may be smaller.
This of course doesn’t apply for pick-ups, and in fact we will set aside the tallest trees specifically for this purpose. These trees can often be hip-high, and sometimes taller again.
Please note that this is not a guarantee, as heights of different cultivars can differ from year to year.