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Winter terrarium gardening.

Terrariums are perfect for these dreary winter months when we all need something green.  Terrariums are low maintenance, the enclosed glass creates a rain forest effect where the garden waters itself with built up condensation.  Your mini garden does want to be in a bright location, especially in winter when there is less sun due to the shorter days.  The Living Earth has all sorts of shapes and sizes of glass, from hanging to desktop to large tabletop versions to display your garden year round.  If you have your own glass, bring it into the shop and we are happy to show you the perfect plants for your piece or we can do it for you and create something beautiful!  Stop by and see what terrarium plants we have that day, we get fresh material weekly!

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Valentine’s Day 2.0

Here are some GREAT gift ideas for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!  We have all kinds of gifts from gardener soaps and lotions to fresh flowering plants and gorgeous jewelry.  And don’t forget to seal the deal with a beautiful card from local artist Carol Ross, we have a huge selection!  Gifts range in price from $5.00 to $500.00 so we are sure to have what you need.  We are open all week 10am-6pm or call 215-862-5844 we are happy to deliver!!!

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Valentines Day!!!

Valentine’s day is upon us and look no further than The Living Earth!  We all want to get something beautiful to show the ones we love just how much we care and appreciate them.  Live plants are the perfect choice for your loved one this year!  Save your money and skip the bouquet of roses that will last a week at best.  Spend that money on a live orchid that will bloom for 3-4 months!  Any of our flowering arrangements will last for months and give your loved one something to look at each day and know you care for them.  We have gifts in ALL price ranges and ALL styles, stop in and see what is beautiful today.  WE DELIVER!!!

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Pointsettias for everyone!

Here are a few pictures of our beautiful homegrown poinsettias.  There are a few new varieties this year so make sure to stop in and check them out!

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Amaryllis bulbs – In stock!

Amaryllis bulbs are now in stock, plant now for the holidays!


Preparation for Planting

The base and roots of the bulb should be placed in lukewarm water for a few hours.  Remember, if you cannot plant the bulbs immediately after receiving them, store them at a cool temperature between 40-50 degrees F.


Plant bulbs in a nutritious potting compost, many are available pre-mixed.  Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots.  Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.

Planting picture

Placement and Watering

Plant the bulb, or place the potted bulb in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems.  The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F.  Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more.  At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth.

Flowering Period

Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule.  In winter the flowering time will be longer than in spring.  Set up your planting schedule between October and April with this in mind.  To achieve continuous bloom, plant at intervals of 2 weeks for stunning color in your home or garden.

After-Bloom Care

After-Flowering. After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again.  Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts  to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.

Leaf Growth and Development. Continue to water and fertilize as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow.  When the leaves begin to yellow, which normally occurs in the early fall, cut the leaves back to about 2 inches from the top of the bulb and remove the bulb from the soil.

Bulb Storage. Clean the bulb and place it in a cool (40-50 deg. F), dark place such as the crisper of your refrigerator for a minimum of 6 weeks. Caution: Do not store amaryllis bulbs in a refrigerator that contains apples, this will sterilize the bulbs.  Store the bulbs for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Plant Again. After 6 weeks you may remove bulbs whenever you would like to plant them. Plant bulbs 8 weeks before you would like them to bloom.