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    How To Sow & Grow Samphire

    Marsh samphire grows naturally on salt marshes and tidal flats in many parts of the United Kingdom. Its bright green stalks resemble asparagus spears, hence one of its alternative names – sea asparagus (sometimes called 'poor man's asparagus'). It is also known as glasswort, as samphire ash was once used in glass-making.

    At home, samphire can be grown in open ground or in a container on your window sill.

    Sowing

    Sow samphire seeds in trays between March and May. Very lightly cover the seeds with compost after sprinkling them onto the surface of the tray. Germination may be slow and somewhat erratic, taking from 5 to 20 days. Maintain the seeds at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). Once the seedlings are 1" (2.5 cm) tall, they can be transplanted into pots containing a free-draining compost and grown on.

    Planting Out

    Samphire prefers a light, sandy soil (or a well-drained soil) and a sunny position. Samphire can be planted out once the danger of frosts is past. It can also be grown in pots on the patio or on a window sill.

    Cultivation (for those purchasing our samphire plants, read from here on!)

    Keep the compost moist at all times and don't let it dry out. Plants will reach 2-3" (5-7 cm) in height Although grown as an annual samphire will self-seed, so do not cut late in the season. Instead, if growing it outdoors, protect the growing area from frost to encourage new plants next year. When a samphire plant's stems turn red this indicates that it will soon produce flowers, and then seed (which is all but invisible to the human eye).

    Watering

    Samphire is best watered with a saline solution of 1 teaspoon of proper sea salt in a pint of water. Do not use table salt as this contains anti-caking agents which will kill the plant.

    Harvesting

    Harvest shoots from June to August. After that time shoots will become woody. Treat samphire as a slow-growing cut-and-come-again crop and leave a month between each cut.

    Cooking

    Cook it as you would asparagus. It is delicious steamed with a knob of butter or a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with fish. It can also be used in stir-fries. Some people eat it raw in salads. It can also be pickled.

     

     

     


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    Samphire Plant

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    Much easier to grow than you might think, and absolutely delicious! Samphire is a great accompaniment to fish dishes, and much in demand in many gourmet restaurants as a garnish.
    Available from approximately July 2018
    Supplied as a pot-grown plant.

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    Samphire Seed

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    Easy to sow, grow, harvest and eat. Marsh Samphire will self-seed every year. Simply water with a saline solution that you can make at home.
    Available from approximately August 2018
    Supplied as a packet of approximately 50 seeds.

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