Although Marimo Balls are often called “Moss Balls” they are indeed not moss at all, but instead a freshwater algae! Their round shape is naturally occuring and comes from gently rolling on the bottom of freshwater lakes from waves, as they typically live at a depth of around 6-8 feet in lakes in Japan and Northern Europe. This round shape also helps them photosynthesize from all angles and rolling around helps to keep the Marimo clean from debris which also helps it continue to photosynthesize, despite being at a depth of water that receives such filtered light.
Marimo Balls are capable of living a long life and growing quite large! The oldest Marimo’s in the world are over 200 years old and over 35’’ in diameter! Grown in your home with proper care, you could expect your Marimo to get to be 8’’-12’’ and live to be over 100!
Size: 1’’-2.5’’ in diameter
THE LEGEND OF THE MARIMO : REPRESENTING EVERLASTING, ENDURING LOVE
The legend of the Marimo comes from Japanese folklore. Once there were two lovers who wanted nothing more than to be with one another. When their love was forbidden, they ran off together to live the rest of their lives in the dark, misunderstood woods. It is said that shortly after, these mysterious algae balls started showing up in the nearby lakes and that it must be their love - manifested into the form of a Marimo. It is because of this that the Marimo has been given as symbolic gifts to represent everlasting love - to yourself and others, and a serves as a remembrance of how love endures.
Your Marimo Ball can live without being submerged in water for up to three days if kept moist. Your Marimo Ball Kit includes a glass jar with cork lid, and your Marimo Ball. Detailed instructions for care are located on our Journal.