Along with lights, vases, candles and other design pieces , we usually also use houseplants to furnish our home. Among these we find “all-leaf” types, perfect for recreating a relaxing tropical atmosphere, and flowering types, which give us a 3D work of art.

The list of the latter sees the orchid shine in first place, due to its unique beauty and its diffusion. In fact, everyone wants it, everyone looks for it and in the end they place it in that corner that was missing an ornament.

Despite this, green thumb or not, growing them would not be a walk in the park, because orchids would have a care manual truly full of indications and preferences. In this period, for example, they may have lost all their flowers, requiring careful maintenance for vegetative growth and re-flowering .

For this reason, therefore, it would not be particularly difficult to see them wither, rot and dry out. Their fate may seem already written but, thanks to the trick that we will discover in today’s article, death could still be a distant phase.

To save a rotten, dry or rootless orchid and make it recover quickly, this zero-cost trick would be enough

If the life of our orchid seems to be hanging by a thread we shouldn’t throw in the towel immediately. In fact, we could try to resurrect it with an ideal trick when it has totally rotten or dry roots or when it is even without roots.

All we need would be an empty plastic bottle, like a water bottle, along with:

  • scissors;
  • half a glass of apple cider vinegar;
  • water to taste


The first thing to do would be to extract our orchid from the pot and deprive it of the soil. Then, where they were present, we should cut all the dry or rotten roots. By doing this, a small piece of stem should remain underneath the leaves.

This is exactly what we should spray it with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar, considered a good rooting hormone, ideal for quickly developing new roots.

Once this operation is completed, let’s move on to the bottle that we should transform into a humidifier jar. This, together with water, would be able to generate humidity around the plant, considered a fundamental natural element for the birth of new roots and total recovery.

To do this, cut the neck of the bottle with scissors, remove the cork and insert it, without turning it upside down, inside the bottle. Still inside the bottle, place the orchid, being careful not to break the leaves and making sure that the small stem sits inside the opening where the cap is screwed.

Finally, we pour some water, being careful not to wet the collar of the plant and stopping just below the stem. So, to save a rotten, dry or rootless orchid and bring it back to life, let’s try this economical and affordable way out for anyone.