Ask The Plant Doctor – November 2011

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Help your house plants and crops succeed with homeopathic help from Dr. Kaviraj!

Each month V.D. Kaviraj answers questions about plants and plant problems. Kaviraj is one of the foremost pioneers of Agro-homeopathy and author of the book, Homeopathy for Farm and Garden. Send your questions! (with pictures when possible – JPG or GIF format) to [email protected] with the subject “Plant Doctor”.

Dosing Plants: When I refer to treating plants with homeopathic remedies, this is the standard dosing procedure: Put 20 drops of a 6X potency in a litre of water. Succuss the bottle 50 times. Put this litre in the watering can, fill it up with 19 litres of tap water and stir. If the watering can is smaller, the amount of remedy put in must be proportionally smaller. Thus a 10 litre can needs only ½ litre and just 10 drops of the remedy. Apply the contents of the watering can to the roots of the plants to be treated.

Dr. Kaviraj,

I have a “pears” about three years old. Every year after flowering when fruit comes, the fruit size is very small, and after some period of time they drop off. They do not grow fully to their normal size.

Too many weeds grow and come on my small patch of land where we grow our vegetables, especially after rains. We sprinkle anti weeds solution, but they give only temporary relief. The weeds again grow up after some time.

Thank you

Mehra

Hi Mehra,

It sounds like your soil is lacking in phosphor, because that is an element in great demand during the flowering and fruiting time. Therefore, I recommend you give a dose of Ferrum phosphoricum at this stage of development. Moreover, it is very good to spray the flowers with Silicea, once there are a good amount of buds about to open. That is something to keep in mind for next year.

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Dear Kaviraj,

I’m busy doing research with homoeopathy in hydroponics, but have hit a snag where my supervisor is asking if the homoeopathic remedy added to the hydroponic water won’t be nullified due to the nutrient solution already in the hydroponic water. Do you have some advice or referencing as to where I can find the answer?

Thank you

Anthony

Hi Anthony,

I doubt there will be any antidoting happening and if you want to check that, then first try it out on a few plants. My experience is that the remedy cuts straight through everything and does its work, regardless of any other component in the environment. If the nutrients are out of balance the remedy will regulate their uptake in the plant. Analysis afterwards can show you which nutrients were taken up more and which less.

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Dear Kaviraj,

A friend has many Concord grape vines. However, they are continually ravaged by Japanese beetles. Is there a homeopathic remedy that would be useful control them?


Joy Metcalf

Hi Joy,

Japanese beetles can be controlled by Ricinus communis as a general remedy and Thuja or Ledum as more specific remedies. Ricinus is actually a companion plant to all vines and its use as a remedy at the beginning of the season is protective in general against pests and diseases. However, once the critters are there, you need to be more specific.

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Dear Doctor Kaviraj:

I`m a homeopath myself and I`m getting into Agrohomeopathy as well. I have a question in regards to the phyllophaga obsoleta, which attacks the potato fields, leaving a huge loss. What will be the best remedy for this? Will Cantharis work?

Thanks for your marvelous work.

Jhon

Hi Jhon,

Phyllophaga obsoleta or the brown beetle is also known as the potato beetle. This beetle is controlled by Thuja or Ledum palustre. Next time, protect the potato with Phaesolus from the time they are planted. This is made from the best companion remedy.

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Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

I want complete treatment for cotton seed germination to plant growth & crop management practice.

Bhalchandra Sandip Saner

Dear Bhalchandra,

I am not a cotton farmer and you know probably more about managing cotton than I do. Nonetheless, I shall do my best.

1. Soak the seeds in a silicea solution overnight before planting.
2. When the plants are established and the dry season is not yet started, water Silicea in the soil, to enable longer water retention of the last rains that fall.
3. For the cottom bollworm, that great plague of the cotton grower, give Sambucus nigra as a preventative, just before the bollworm season.
4. Make sure you have sufficient organic material in the soil to avoid fungal and bacterial diseases.

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Dear Sir,

Kindly suggest the remedial measure for the following pests :
1. Paddy stem borer
2. Red gram – webber


Thank you
Malatesh S Puttannavar
Davangere, Karnataka

Hi Malatesh,

Both these pests are caterpillars I presume from your picture. For both, I recommend Sambucus nigra.

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Dear Kaviraj,

Our kiwifruit has been heavily sprayed with copper over the past few months in an attempt to prevent the Pseudomonas syringae pv. Actinidiae virus. As a result the vines are now showing copper toxicity with yellowing leaves that have brown spots all over them. There is also a very light canopy cover for this time of year. The vines have just set this seasons fruit.

Would treating the vines with cuprum assist them to recover from the heavy use of copper, which so far seems to be the best preventative measure that has been found for the virus, although it is not foolproof as the virus is still spreading?

Thanks

Angela

Hi Angela,

You can certainly try to antidote the effects of excess copper by the use of the potency. Whether it is wise may be the subject of consideration. In the case of excesses, elementary remedies have the tendency to aggravate the existing problem, when the remedy is close enough, the same as the element that caused the problem in the first place. As an example I may cite the fact that an excessive gift of potassium or phosphor as fertiliser cannot be cured by either Kali carb or by Phosphorus, since both will only exacerbate the problem.

So, to me it seems more intelligent to use an antidote with the closest similarity to the present problem. Another fact you mention is that cuprum seems to be the best remedy to curb the disease and my advice is to use it after recovery of the plants as a remedy with a better effect than the crude. I would suggest Cuprum sulphuricum for the control of the pest and you will see a reduction of the need for copper and a great saving in your budget.

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Dr. Kaviraj/ Plant Dr,

Can a type of iso-therapy be used on farms? Can one take a soil sample ( sample taken on different places with problems on a farm ) and use that in a Radionics device/ Field Broadcaster as a “detox” on a farm to balance the soil?

Can I make use of blood or urine or both to prepare an iso-therapy remedy with cattle/animals for mastitis, trichomonas infection?

Regards

Tommie

Hi Tommie.

You can certainly use a radionics machine and seek to alleviate the problems on a piece of land by broadcasting a remedy made from soil samples. But you have to keep all samples separate and use different remedies for different spots. You cannot mix them all and make one remedy to solve all problems. Some will be pH, others will be consistency and others again may have to do with nutrients – which is always pH dependent.

Personally, I prefer the physical remedies, since in them it is not just a vibration brought in by a machine, but the real thing. It also enables much easier individualisation and treatment.

Mastitis is better controlled by Belladonna 30c single dose and if an old case, by Conium maculatum 200, possibly repeated once or twice.

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Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

 

In one of our garden-beds the plants don’t grow well. We have discovered that there is too much salt in the soil and there are mole crickets. The Vegetables, like peas we grow now, is in the shadows part of the day. What can we do?

 

Thank you,

Ziv Peleg

Hi Ziv,

That sounds like you should use the remedy Natrum carbonicum. You must consider that the same remedy sometimes aggravates existing problems. Thus we take a remedy that has close resemblance but is different enough to not cause too much trouble.

Mole crickets love this salty environment so with the help of the remedy the effects are diminished and the conditions and circumstances change.

Natrium carbonicum

Sodium Carbonate. Common soda. Na2CO3. Trituration. Solution.

CLINICAL

Sterility. Chronic effects of sunstroke; salt. Windburn. Blotch. Weak straggly plants. Eyespot.

GENERAL

“Half an ounce of ordinary kitchen salt is dissolved in an ounce and a half of boiling distilled water. In order to free it from its associated salts it is filtered through printing paper and left to crystallize by evaporation at a temperature of 122O Fahrenheit. The crystals, which are left to dry on blotting paper, are of cubical shape with pyramidal indentation on each side. One grain of these crystals is triturated with 99 grains of lactose, to the millionth attenuation and then brought to the decillionth attenuation, (as indicated in the first part of the Chronic Diseases).”

(Hahnemann S. The Chronic Diseases)

Calcium

Calcium is a part of cell walls and regulates cell wall construction. Cell walls give plant cells their structural strength. Enhances uptake of negatively charged ions such as nitrate, sulfate, borate and molybdate. It balances charge from organic anions produced through metabolism by the plant. Some enzymes are regulated by Ca-calmodulin.

Nat. carb. is the typical salt of the Natrum group. An excess of alkali burns off the superficial layers of the epidermis leaving the leaves dry and cracked. The roots are dry, sometimes mottles or ulcerated. The plant is excessively thirsty, whilst photosynthesis is impaired due to excess water stored in the plant.

The flowers come too early resulting in sterility in cereals, and failure to form fruits in fruit producing plants. The plant is weak and cannot remain upright as in eyespot. The spots and blotches are blackish while the leaves dry out. Also tan-spot and halo-spot can be treated with this remedy. As these diseases have been described elsewhere, they have not been reproduced here.

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Dear Dr. Kaviraj

One of my flower border has convulvus growing in it and I would be grateful for advice as to which homeopathic remedies might inhibit it.  In desperation a number of years ago I tried treating the soil with convulvus remedy but I’m not sure if that was isopathy for the soil or homeopathy for the convulvulus!  I’d be grateful for any help you can offer.

 

Best wishes

 

Christine Wilson

Hi Christine, I think it is best to use a dose of Juglans nigra, at the beginning of the growing season and before you plant or sow anything else. Leave it for 72 hours and then plant or sow what you want. Throughout the summer you will notice the Convulvulus not growing a centimeter, while your other plants thrive. It has been shown to work up to seven months from a single dose.

Success!
Kaviraj


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About the author

V.D. Kaviraj

V.D. Kaviraj

V.D. Kaviraj is a Dutch homeopath, author, researcher and pioneer in Agrohomeopathy. He is also Vice President, World Homoeopathic Association UK Chapter. He has written textbooks on various aspects of homeopathy including "Homeopathy for Farm and Garden", which is now available in seven languages. The revised and enlarged edition with 376 pages has just been published :

7 Comments

  • Hi Dr.Kaviraj,

    I recently purchased your book and am very excited about using homeopathy in my garden. I live in Vancouver Canada and have a very invasive bamboo (Fallopia japonica- Polygonum cuspidatum) also known as Japanese knotweed, in my back yard. I would like to eradicate this , although it is proving to be very difficult.

    I would appreciate any advice you have.

    Thanks,
    Tina

    • Hi Tina,

      I suggest to use the remdy Juglans nigra, which stops growth for a period of maximum 7 months with most plants. I must admit I have never tried in Japanese knotweed, but I have given this advise to others and so far received no complaints.

      If you keep up dosing the plant everytime it begines to grow again, it should be only a few years to have eradicated it completely, without spoiling the soil for other things.

  • I have very much exited about knowing the Plan Doctor and I feel that the idea of Dr. V.D. Kaviraj may bring the revolution in the world.

    • Dear Dr Anwarul,

      Thank you very much for your encouragement for this young science.
      I certainly hope too for that revolution, and am working hard to chieve it. That makes me a revolutionary in spite of my conservative nature. I have no interest in fame or fortune. Those that benefit first are the farmers and a strong rich farming community is the backbone of civilisation and the treasure basket of any country. If we consider that Bharat has 750-800 million farmers, you would immediately understand the economic significance of that demographic. That requires heirloom seeds and seed-saving, for the next year.

      For the benefit of humankind, we need first clean food, because otherwise we shall beconfronted by diseases caused by pesticides and GMOs in increasing numbers and I am afraid that then diseases truly will become incurable. We cannot allow this to happen. The consumers are the rest of the population, who, with healthy and clean food will be smarter thinkers, less prone to disease and thus more intelligent and more productive, providing another boost to the economy.

      So for these reasons; the very the survival of mankind, threatened by ever increasing indutrial poisons, makes this almost an imperative. I do hope everyone here has had enough success to encourage others. Spread the word as fast as we can and as wide as we can, because only united can we make the necessary changes. We have to become emboldened by the successes to demand they be implemented everywhere. This requires cooperation from the profession and the professional bodies too. Let us also work together towards that goal.

    • Hi Razia,

      Remedies can be had at the following two websites where you can order online.


      This website has fewer remedies, 72 to be precise, available as single remedies in 50 ml bottles with handy dropper. He also has a basic kit with 8 remedies and the first edition of the book.
      He also has a lot of other products that are useful in the garden.
      Many biodynamic preparations and other garden solutions.


      This website has about 150 remedies, available either as single ones or as kits, some containing pills instead of liquid, so that single plants can be treated.

      Both firms make the remedies according to specifications I discovered as most efficacious in practical use.

  • Sir,

    I want to control the Weeds in paddy Field. can you suggest me which medicine to be used to control weeds, also suggest me that has to be sprayed in dry or Wet land. frequency of spraying intervals

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