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Christmas is coming…And it’s already at The Living Earth!

Yes, the holiday season has arrived its time to start dusting off those ornaments.  We have our trees up in the shop right now loaded with ornaments, plus lots of other tabletop items, wreathes, artificial greens, and a few styles of ribbon… Did we say a few? We have loads of ribbon in all colors, shapes, and sizes!!!  Our helpful staff is happy to make your custom bow while you wait!

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Gregory Benjamin Tasting!

Join us for the weekend of November 16th-17th for a tasting with the man himself, Gregory Benjamin!  Gregory will be at The Living Earth from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, providing samples of all 13 of his delicious flavors.  In addition to his preserves, Gregory will also be offering samples of his salad dressings made from his preserves!  To top it all off, Gregory will be giving away a FREE 9oz. jar of his luscious blueberry preserves with any $50.00 purchase of his products.  So order a few jars for holiday gifts, and give yourself the perfect treat all at once!


Gregory Benjamin preserves were recently named Best of Philly!!

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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.