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Rotting roots and water

This is a discussion on Rotting roots and water within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello, I know nothing about orchids, but a few months ago, my sister abandoned hers ...

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    Default Rotting roots and water

    Hello,

    I know nothing about orchids, but a few months ago, my sister abandoned hers and left it to die. I rescued it, but the plant had lost its flowers, yet still had two large leaves. My dad suggested I put the orchid in a bowl of water by the window.
    I had read somewhere that it was bad for orchids to be over watered and too close to the sun.
    None the less, (he has a green thumb so i went for it), after cutting the rotten roots, i placed it in a bowl near a window. Surprisingly new green healthy roots have since grown. The orchid now has about 3 2-3inch roots and two new baby leaves. The leaves are very dark green and the baby leaves have a lot of purple in them.

    Is my plant dying or growing? Can't tell if these colours are good or not?
    Should I keep it in water? Or re-pot it? I would really like her to survive so I would like instructions on what to do for her now...

    Many thanks

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    Picture? It will be more helpful if we can identify what type of orchid it is and if it is suitable for water culture before providing you advice..

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    Purple in the leaves is usually an indication that it is getting plenty of light. Sounds like the roots like your water culture!

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    Thanks for the feedback, here is a picture, it's really small but hope it helps!
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