Reviving Orchids: A Cost-Effective Solution

In the realm of home decor, where lights, vases, candles, and other design elements flourish, houseplants stand as essential contributors. Among these, two prominent categories prevail: the lush “all-leaf” varieties that create a serene tropical ambiance and the blossoming types, crafting a dynamic three-dimensional masterpiece.

Leading the roster of flowering plants is the majestic orchid, celebrated for its unique beauty and widespread popularity. Coveted by many, it finds a place in every home, embellishing previously unadorned corners.

Yet, whether adorned with a green thumb or not, nurturing orchids proves to be no easy feat. Orchids come with a care manual replete with specific guidelines and preferences. During certain periods, such as now, when the blooms have faded, meticulous care is needed for vegetative growth and the promise of a new flowering cycle.

Amidst the challenge, it’s not uncommon to witness these delicate plants wither, succumb to rot, or suffer from desiccation. While their fate may seem predetermined, today’s article reveals a zero-cost trick that could potentially postpone the inevitable phase of decline.

How to Revive a Rotten, Dry, or Rootless Orchid:


  • Empty plastic bottle (e.g., water bottle)
  • Scissors
  • Half a glass of apple cider vinegar
  • Water (as needed)


  1. Extraction and Pruning:
    • Remove the orchid from its pot, eliminating the soil entirely.
    • Trim all dry or rotten roots, ensuring a small piece of stem remains beneath the leaves.
  2. Spraying with Mixture:
    • Spritz the remaining stem with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar, known as an effective rooting hormone that stimulates rapid root development.
  3. Creating a Humidifier Jar:
    • Transform the empty plastic bottle into a humidifier jar.
    • Cut the neck of the bottle with scissors, remove the cork, and insert it (not upside down) back into the bottle.
    • Carefully position the orchid inside the bottle, ensuring the small stem fits within the opening where the cap screws.
    • Pour water into the bottle, avoiding wetting the plant’s collar and stopping just below the stem.

By embracing this cost-effective method, anyone can attempt to rescue a failing orchid, breathing new life into this delicate botanical wonder.