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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home: Miramo Balls

Naturally elegant plants for your home & work space

Photo courtesy of PinkSerissa & SnapSuites

I saw this cute little Miramo Moss Ball posted on Pinterest today and thought I'd share it.

This is technically a green algae, not a seaweed or a moss.  It lives on the bottom of lakes in the northern hemisphere (Iceland, Scotland, Japan & Estonia) and is a protected species in both Iceland and Japan.  

Miramo balls are green, velvety, and squishy.  What's not to like about these cute little plants?  Like a shamrock, they are considered a sign of good luck.  They grow by absorbing light on all sides as they are gently pushed by the action of waves and currents.  In a healthy, balanced aquatic ecosystem, they can grow up to 12 inches in diameter, and they can live for up to 200 years.

As a houseplant, they like indirect sunlight, normal room temps, and clean water every week or two.  As a result of photosynthetic growth, they will occasionally move around in their bowl.

You can order one of these cute aquatic kits from PinkSerissa on Etsy  for $22.

Happy March!