Im trying to find out what kind of plant I have (the gifter didn't know)....

Asked November 9, 2014, 10:47 PM EST

Im trying to find out what kind of plant I have (the gifter didn't know). I've had it for 7 years, size has not changed. It has extremely small roots and grows only in some kind of moss and dark wood chips. It's sustained by tiny gnat-sized flying insects that like to remain unseen below the surface. For watering it is spritzed once a day. Never been fertilized. Requires no more than bright indirect sunlight and is temperature tolerant down to about the mid 40's. Rumor has it that it is supposed to flower once every 5 years but it hasn't yet.

Dubuque County Iowa

3 Responses

It appears to be some variety of Orchid, unfortunately I am not sure exactly sure what variety you have.

Here are some links to articles on orchids:

Thank you very much. The fact it's been alive this long with virtually no care by a brown thumb and plant idiot like myself borderlines on the supernatural! Maybe now with proper care it will finally bloom. The insects are probably bad then?

As for the insects - knowing what they are is the first step in determining if they are causing problems. If you can take a picture of them and provide a description that would be great.