I find that it is really cute when i first saw it while i traveling in Taiwan.
So I bought it at a shop of dan shui.
By changing water every 1 or 2 weeks, keep in refrigerator (because the weather in Malaysia is too hot, have to keep under 30 degree celsius )
I don't actually know whether it grow bigger or not >.< > 5mm per year.
So far, the biggest Marimo I've heard of is 30cm, which means it takes about 300 years.. BRAVO..
I did some research, there's a lover story of Marimo.
Marimo 是生長於日本北海道的淡水藻，它是阿寒湖( Lake Akan, Japan )的天然紀念物…
正因爲著它的傳奇色彩,可以給人帶來幸運的關係, Marimo 一直成爲人們彼此良好祝願的選擇,以及喜慶、生日、戀愛男女互相贈送的最愛。
Once upon a time in a tribe near Lake Akan in Hokkaido, the daughter of the chief of an elite tribe fell in love with a warrior from a rival tribe. Their tribes forbade their love, but the love between the star-crossed lovers was so strong that they decided to give up their possession and flee from the land where their love was forbidden. Although their new life was harsh, they survived because of the deep love they had for one other. Legend has it that the lovers’ spirits metamorphosed into Marimo, a plant of love at the deepest reach of the Lake Akan where they lived happily ever after. This folklore passed from generation to generation. Marimo has become a symbol of determination in overcoming adversities in search of true love and happiness. Under tender care and attention, Marimo will grow and flourish as well as make their owners’ wishes come true.
相 传在北海道阿寒湖附近，一个部族族长的女儿爱上敌对部族的勇士，但两人却不为世俗所容，为了追求自己的爱情，两人决定排除万难脱离部族，放弃物质名利，过 着艰苦但幸福的生活，最后两人死后的灵魂升华成为湖底的绿藻球，世世代代在阿寒湖底继续他们的爱情故事。有了这样动人的美丽传说，人们更将绿藻球视为恋爱 幸运的守护物，因为绿藻球代表的是一种对爱不畏艰难、终会获得美丽结局的象征；而绿藻球也会在饲养的过程中，将主人的心意逐渐凝聚在天地间，更将不断传达 出正面讯息的信念，直到愿望成真的那天为止。
● Elise ●