Plant Care Marimo
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Marimo

4.9 out of 5 (39 experiences)

Marimo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Marimo has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Marimo Moss Ball, Moss Ball Pets, Lake Ball and Marimo Moss Balls

Taxonomy

Aegagropila linnaei
Aegagropila
Pithophoraceae
Cladophorales

What other plant parents say

Marimo has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 27
Marimo has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 12
Marimo has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Marimo has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Marimo has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Marimo has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Marimo has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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@Schwarzwald
Morton, IL
Rating of the plant Marimo named The Three Mossketeers by Schwarzwald on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

They are super easy plants; all they need is very cold water, a glass container of some sort, no direct sunlight (or else they start to brown and smell bad) and a stir every once in a while (to mimic…

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@Rue_wilson
Los Angeles, CA
Rating of the plant Marimo named Team Avatar by Rue_wilson on Greg, the plant care app
04/05/2021

Marino miss balls are the perfect plant for a lazy person such as myself. All you do it stick them in water, add a little sunshine to the mix, and you should have some happy moss balls. Just make sur…

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@Plantfather
Orlando, FL
Rating of the plant Marimo named moe by Plantfather on Greg, the plant care app
03/30/2021

literally dunk this little guy in water and put him ANYWHERE (just not in direct sun!) and he will survive!! make sure this dudes just fully submerged and swirl the water once in a while so that he s…

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Lucia avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Marimo named mochi by Lucia on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

doesn’t really do much but helps aerate water. i have one in my fish tank (non toxic) and some in my water propagations. they themselves are so easy to propagate, you just pull them apart. just don’t…

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@Kalifornia
Jefferson City, MO
Rating of the plant Marimo named Millie by Kalifornia on Greg, the plant care app
05/10/2021

Great beginner “plant”. Pretty nice and requires little maintenance compared to others. Great to teach kids responsibility as a “pet” also I’ve seen people put little hats on them and decorate their …

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@Shilohandewe
West Palm Beach, FL
Rating of the plant Marimo named Huey, Duey and Luey by Shilohandewe on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

This plant is so fun to have because you barely have to change its water and it stays this bright green color as long as it has enough light. Its a fun little accent piece in my collection!

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@Sofiaavello
Pembroke Pines, FL
Rating of the plant Marimo named Mo by Sofiaavello on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

they’re literally so cute and so easy to take care of. just put in cold filtered water & change the water weekly ! be sure to keep out of harsh light or they will brown or possibly die.

Ryn07 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Marimo named BMO by Ryn07 on Greg, the plant care app
06/21/2021

A marimo moss ball is extremely difficult to kill. It’s basically a pet rock. All you have to do is give it fresh water once a week and keep it far away from direct sunlight.

Alex.v2003 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Marimo named marcell and ishmael by Alex.v2003 on Greg, the plant care app
04/26/2021

so easy to take care of. change water like once a week, don't need a lot of sun, easy peasy. i definitely suggest they should have friends, i think they would get lonely

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@Ur_moms_hou…
Collierville, TN
Rating of the plant Marimo named boob by Ur_moms_house on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

idk why but she is so cute and it’s literally just a plant anyway you should get her because she’s really really easy to take care of. cuz she just sits there😃.

How to care for Marimo

Water

How often to water your Marimo

Water needs for Marimo
0.5 cups
every 7

Marimo needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Marimo

Water 0.5 cups every
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Marimo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Marimo: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Marimo may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Marimo in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Marimo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Marimo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Marimo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Marimo

Marimo

Marimo


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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