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Latin Name: Salicornia europaea
Soil Type: Rich free draining soil
Where should I plant this variety? Sun/partial shade
How tall does it grow? Approx 10cm
How much space does it need? Approx 20cm
When does it flower? Samphire does not flower
Top care tips: Water with salt water mix, 1 teaspoon of salt to a pint of water.
So we have been waiting to write about this for a while. There are some varieties of living flavour that encapsulate what we are about at Urban Herbs.
Samphire will traditionally grow in coastal areas or salt marshes. Urban Herbs is based in Birmingham, in the UK, which is in the centre of the country - it is hard to get further from the coast. And yet we are able to grow Samphire outside our backdoor. We just think that is so incredibly cool.
We recommend potting a Samphire plant into a larger pot and then placing that pot into a container, into which you can place a salt water solution. One teaspoon of salt to a pint of water is the recommended ratio. The salt water soaks into the root system and gives your Samphire the salty taste that you will recognise and love.
We have to stress that this is experimental growing. It is an experiment that has been happening for a few years now and the feedback from customers has been very positive. People seem to universally agree that growing Samphire like this is really fun and exciting. You will struggle to grow huge quantities but we have found that over the last few years, it has certainly kept us furnished with garnishes to accompany fish dishes.
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday, we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week.
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland this is a 48-hour delivery service.
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control, problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.