Our plant doctors Radko Tichavshy, Mark Moodie and Pawan Singhania weigh in on your plant problems.
Radko TIchavsky Mark Moodie Pawan Singhania
Radko Tichavsky is a Czech born Mexican Agrohomeopath. He is a co-founder and director of Instituto Comenius in Mexico and author of Handbook of Agrohomeopathy, 2007 (Spanish) and Homeopathy for Plants, 2009 (Spanish) and creator and teacher of Holohomeopathy. El 04/12/2014, a las 15:36, Radko Tichavsky [email protected]
Mark Moodie hosts the website Considera which provides a growing M.M and Repertory for plants and discusses resources for biodynamics and Agrohomeopathy The website allows the world community to contribute their experiences in planting.
Radko Tichavskyi is now offering a one semester virtual course in Agrohomeopathy (in English). You can learn how to define and analyze holons and how to repertorize the specific homeopathic treatment beyond just disease or pest names. You can find out more here:
My orange farm is under viral (fungal) attack. The fruit is small and the skin is damaged and there are very few oranges and they are of poor quality. Even those oranges which are still green in color are under fungal attack. The farm is 6 acres area (600 plants). Can you please advise me how to get rid of this viral and fungal attack? Please suggest the potency and its method of use. I have attached a picture of the effected oranges.
I live in Pakistan and my orchard is in the central punjab sargodha area. Orange and other types of citrus are being grown here. This orchard was planted by my late father so I can’t describe what method was adopted during planting but normally people use the traditional agriculture system .
This year every farmer is facing the same situation. Almost all types of weeds grown in the orchards. We normally have 90 to 100 plants grow in an acre, no shelter belt is used. We have four seasons a year, autumn spring winter and summer, and average rain fall., I did not use any kind of specific fertilizer besides muck of animals. I have attached pictures of plants for your kind consideration.
Radko Tichavsky –
Due to the high temperature variation in your region (at night close to 0 ° C and 25 ° C in the day) the oranges are suffering from environmental stress. Temperatures below 13 ° C in the maturing stage cause a change of color in the fruit, affecting more green than completely mature fruits. It is important to maintain rigorous mulch on the soil, do not leave it clean without plants. Maintain the irrigation as gradual but steady. It also helps to form small mountains of soil around the trunk at the time of low temperature.
Carbo vegetabilis 6 CH, Salix babylonica 12 CH and Phosphorus 6 CH are homeopathic remedies that can help, and of course the application of tea-compost, both at ground level and as foliar sprayed.
Dear Mr. Tichavsky:
In making Helix Tosta, why do the snail shells need to be heated to 850°C. Is it to burn off certain compounds or is it to reduce the shell to a fine powder? If this is so, could the shell just be processed with a mortar and pestle?
When the snail is heated, doesn’t that destroy the frequency needed for making a remedy?
Radko Tichavsky –
Thank you very much for your stimulating question. The burning process of the animals or their parts in homeopathic remedies as holohomeopathy is generally used as a repellent of the same animal burned (or other animals). The smell of burning animal and the energy message of this remedy is used as a marker of danger and makes insects change their usual place andr routs animals and insects for a period of one to three months.
Helix remedy made without burning, by single grinding process (not “tosta”) can also be used as a homeopathic remedy but rather for a revitalizing effect of snails and also repellent for some types of ants. In case of Helix pomatia, mother tincture is made of the whole snails. It is interesting to know that the Helix saliva is also an excellent holohomeopathic remedy for cicatrization, with antibacterial, antifungal and ant repellent functions in the plants.
Helix remedy is generally prepared from the species Helix pomatia but out of Hahnemanian europocentrism. In different parts of the world this holohomeopatic remedy also can be made from other species of snails present in each holon, with important variations of its homeopathic performance. The holohomeopathy materia medica of snails in their different variants is one of the important and very promising future research tasks.
In one of your previous columns (October 2015) concerning the control of Phylloxera you recommend using Ricinus communis leaves instead of animal manures ( a very interesting alternative). Would this application also apply to Codlin Moth (Cydia pomonella) and any other insects that affect fruit trees and also what in NZ is called grass grub?
Radko Tichavsky –
We recommend the Ricinus communis, not only because it contains insecticide substances, but it is also a rich source of nitrogen and contains also the shikimic acid, an important precursor of many secondary metabolites in plants.
Cydia pomonella is a persistent plague. To fix it, you have to combine different methods, especially if it is already established for several annual cycles in your holon. First you have to maintain and promote a good mulching on the soil. You can use ducks in those crops. They are excellent predators of all apple insect pathogens, including of C. pomonella. Place birdbaths (a few fruits slaughtered for their presence well outweigh the many insects that they eat) and set traps for adults of C. pomonella in the trees.
The application of Ricinus communis 6 CH should be done on the ground in the fall and in the spring. You can toggle it with Artemisia absinthium 12 CH and nosode of larvae of C. pomonella 6 CH sprayed on the foliage.
Dear Plant Doctor,
Being new to Agro-homeopathics I am interested in finding out if this science can be applied to individual plants as a type of herbicide, so as to remove a said plant without destroying other plants around it. We have in NZ many exotic plants that have become an environmental disaster and are threatening whole areas of native and agricultural areas. This specific plant (actually a vine) is “Lonicera glbrata” commonly called in NZ Himalayan honeysuckle. It grows in most of our climates from the northern regions that have subtropical temperate zones right through to our alpine areas. It is extremely invasive and will grow over anything it can get hold of from the pasture fields to shrubs, trees, fence lines etc even buildings. It well smother and kill off any other vegetation that it can grow on
The speed that it grows is mind boggling. There seems not to be a soil type that it does not grow in. I have even seen it growing in asphalt. It does not seem to have any predators. To give you some idea of the extent of the problem in NZ, it is a major weed that is growing along the roadways/fence lines of NZ and then invading the adjacent properties with such vigor that I have seen whole areas of native bush smothered within a few years.
Another group of trees that I would like to see controlled is Ligustrum lucidal and L. Sinense. Another exotic to NZ which has gone rampant in very much the same environment zones as the above.
Radko Tichavsky –
The issue of plant species introduced by man is very interesting from the point of view of holohomeopathy. One of the reasons for the aggression of exotic species in the holon is the their disadaptation and disconnection from the holon. Once the adaptation process is completed, pests and diseases assimilate part of the metabolic processes of the exotic plants and establish a balance again. To try to accelerate this process through the introduction of exotic pathogen species extracted from the original holon of the exotic plant, only continues a long sequence of imbalances and mismatches produced by man.
As a general rule, it is recommended to stimulate the adaptation process through the implementation of low potency “living nosodes” made of the same exotic plants, calling to the action of the holon. The “live nosode” is prepared in saline and only the latest dynamization is made in ethyl alcohol 30%. Descending and ascending sequences of potency series between 6-12 CH are applied. Also a “live soil nosode” action in descending and ascending sequences of potencies series between 6-12 CH, stimulates the holon to be adapted to the new species of plants and associated organisms and connects them with the living organisms of the holon. This establishes a balance that includes of course the control of invasive plants through the holon´s native viruses, bacteria, mycoplasmas, fungi, insects, nematodes, antagonists plants, predators etc.
To control the Lonicera glabrata one can use the following remedies: Aconitum napellus, Cadmium sulphuricum, Cuprum metallicum, Ignatia Amara, Silicea terra, Staphysagria among others.
The remedies related to the control of Ligustrum lucidum are: Aconitum napellus, Belladonna, Cadmium sulphuricum Natrium carbonicum, Silicea terra, Staphysagria and Veratrum album.
Ligustrum lucidum (Oleaceae) despite belonging to a taxonomic family other than Lonicera glabrata(Caprifoliaceae) shares a similarity in their metabolic pathways and both plants show high levels of copper, zinc, calcium and iron.
Always bear in mind that what we are repertorizing in any case, is the complete holon, not a specific plant. Repertorisation of a single plant alone would lead to a selection of incomplete simillimum, temporary suppression of the symptomatology and its subsequent regrowth.
Holohomeopathic repertorization of a remedy under the Hahnemanian guidelines should always cover all the symptomatology of the holon in one remedy.
Interestingly, both Lonicera glabrata and Ligustrum lucidum have high potential to produce biofuels. Their cultivation, controlled and limited on a specific piece of land in monoculture can also lead at short or medium term to accelerating the adaptation of the holon and to the imminent appearance of pests and diseases that will control and balance the relation of this invasive species and the holon.