My friend “D” gets the credit for introducing me to these wonderful Moss Balls or Marimo as they are referred to in Japan. She told me about them around Christmas time, but I didn’t end up seeing one until this past weekend while JB and I we were at Potted. “D” only found them on the internet, so it’s exciting that Potted is now selling the individual moss balls and mossquariums. Right now my moss ball is just hanging out in vase full of water at home, but I would eventually like to turn the vase environment into a full mossquarium with rocks and shells as pictured above.
“Moss balls, known as Marimo in Japan is a species of filamentous green algae that form in lakes in Japan and Iceland. Easily cared for, these little “pets” grow in tap water at room temperature as long as the water is changed every one or two weeks. Photosynthesis occurs in indirect sunlight making them a wonderful way to bring nature into your home. They make a fun and unusual gift. Each Marimo Home comes with a glass vase, a bag of coarse sand mixed with glass mulch, a chunk of slag glass, sea shells, and a branch of drift wood. Add your own mementos to personalize.”
(Images via Potted)