Top off the water with room temperature tap water whenever it needs it!
Every now and again, roll the marimo around between your fingers or give it a swirl around the jar. This will help it keep it circular.
Marimos thrive at 40-75 degrees. Worried it might be too hot? Place in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
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Aegagropila linnaei, known as marimo (毬藻, literally "ball seaweed") in Japanese and also known as Cladophora ball, lake ball, marimo, mossimo, or moss ball, is a species of filamentous green algae found mostly in a number of lakes in the northern hemisphere.
A marimo is a rare growth form of the species where the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, Estonia and, in Australia.
Marimo need light to create food but direct sunlight will cause them to burn. If your marimo gets burned, soak the ball in water mixed with 5% to 10% sea salt.
Place the ball in the solution in the fridge for up to 4 hours.
Rinse moss ball with fresh water and repeat once a week until marimo is green again.
What if my marimo smells?
Marimos release sulfur if they get too hot for too long! Rinse it out and place it in a slightly colder location.
Wet your air plant once per week by submerging the plant in water for about 5-20 minutes. Instead of soaking, you can spray mist them 2-3 times per week. If you live in a humid environment, spray misting will be fine. Increase water soaking and misting if you live in a dry environment.
Air plants will not survive if too wet so try to avoid over watering! A good rule of thumb is that they should dry out in 2 hours after watering. If your air plant is under-watered, you will see wrinkled or rolled leaves.
Bright indirect sunlight is the best lighting.
Remove the battery when not in use to conserve energy.
Grab the cork and gently pull faery out of the bottle.
Then carefully remove the battery and store in the bottom of the jar.
If your battery does die, replace with 3 volt coin battery (CR1220).