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. http://icomenius.edu.mx/index1034.php?lang=esp El 04/12/2014, a las 15:36, Radko Tichavsky email@example.com
Mark Moodie hosts the website Considera which provides a growing M.M and Repertory for plants and discusses resources for biodynamics and Agrohomeopathy http://considera.org/hrxmatmed.html 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: www.icomenius.edu.mx
Mark Moodie hosts the website Considera which provides a growing M.M and Repertory for plants and discusses resources for biodynamics and Agrohomeopathy http://considera.org/hrxmatmed.html The website allows the world community to contribute their experiences in planting.[hr]
Dear Plant Doctors,
My Rose Bush has been attacked by something, but I don’t know what. The leaves are turned into something looking like lace, with holes throughout. Do you have any idea what could cause this and a way to solve it? See photo below. We live in Lancaster PA, U.S.A. with moderate weather, and normally no dry spells.
Radko Tichavsky: Hello Louise. The damage is probably caused by the Japanese beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) a widespread pest in wide range of plants. His feeding on the upper leaf surface usually results in skeletonization. You can apply Phosphorus 6 CH, alternating with Ricinus communis 6 CH. You can reduce the irrigation a little, during the peak beetle flight activity. And to prevent the adult insect, apply Nosode 30 CH from the adult beetle, and if you can locate the larva and beetle eggs you can apply the nosode of them in the same potency. Spray it over the soil and on the plants once a week.
Holons in Lancaster PA
Fragmentation of the city Lancaster, yellow color indicates very fragmented and pink medium fragmented parts
Dear Plant Doctors
Can you offer any suggestions regarding Stony Pit Virus in Pear Trees? I live in the Amherst area of Nova Scotia, Canada, and about 5 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The pear tree in question is approximately 15-20 yrs old and seemed fine until 3 years ago when the stony pit started, and it has worsened a little each year. The variety of the original pear tree is unknown, but I have grafted several varieties to it over the years. I have used several homeopathic remedies on my vegetable garden & other fruit trees, but the stony pit has me stumped. This area has a hot summer with no dry season.
Radko Tichavsky: Dear Sandy, the Pear stony pit is a miasmatic disease, associated with viral disorders resulting from the manipulation of genetic material of pear trees. The Württenberg variety is very susceptible and Bartlett variety is a symptomless carrier of the virus for example. Pear stony pit symptoms take the form of RNA virus detached inside a protective protein coat in this case. A virus is not alive, so this cannot be killed. This miasmatic symptom also corresponds to changes of fragmentation in the holon. The more fragmented the holon, the more the miasma´s expression is observed, also on the level of the overall vitality of the holon. The treatment strategy for this miasmatic condition is based on weekly foliar application through the growing season of Pyrus communis 12 CH and Ocymum basilicum 12 CH and / or Luffa aegyptiaca 12 CH.
You can apply once a month Vitamin C 12 CH, Chenopodium 6 CH and Staphysagria 100 CH to further reduce the presence of nematodes, which are the main vectors of the disease and source of re-infections. You can also add the organic matter or compost to your trees. The next year you will see a significant decrease of the yellowing and fruit deformation.
We are cultivating cotton in India and the main problem is Aphids, Jasids and mites. Can you suggest a way to solve this problem?
Radko Tichavsky: Dear Appa, the insect infestation is caused by monoculture farming, and the little alternation of them in the same crop. The agrohomeopathy intervention in a crop usually begins with the application of nosode of soil, Sulfur, complex of Calareas (Calcarea carb, Calcarea phos and calc. fluorica) followed by Natrum mur. Once the soil is balanced then the plants stop sending signals to insects and other pathogens and decreases its activity in crops. Converting a conventional crop to the agro-homeopathic one usually takes 1-3 years. The main benefit is not only the decreased activity of pathogens, but also generation of more biodiversity and ultimately an agricultural product of better quality and performance.[hr]
We are grape growers from India – Maharashtra State. Every year we have the problem of Downy mildew and powdery mildew Also thrips , mites , stem borers. We are using fungicide and pesticides at regular intervals, but not getting satisfactory results. Also having low yield problem. Is there a solution for these recurrent problems?
Radko Tichavsky: Dear Aniruddha, regular use of fungicides and pesticides is incompatible with agrohomeopathy, because at medium term it leads to chronic and miasmatic disorders of the crop (because the effect of suppression by action of opposites). Agrotoxics not only fail to solve the problem of pests but actually form superpests, much stronger, aggressive and resistant to the agrochemicals. When a fungicide is used, this includes regularly a wide spectrum of fungi (not only pathogens but also beneficial fungi antagonistic to the pathogenic one´s) such that after a time, the crop does not operate with fungicides, or without them and decreases its vitality level. Something similar happens with the pesticides. The law of tropism teaches us that organisms that accumulate more pollution and become sick or die are located at the end of the food chain, in this case the organism on the end.
The solution is decontaminate the crops through homeopathic drains (usually prepared from the soil in the same place), strengthen the biodiversity of organisms present in the holon and take it as strict discipline to grow in alternation plants whose profiles complement each other. The agrohomeopathy treatment of the crops is ecologically sustainable, economically also and does not undermine nature and is not against man.
I am from India. Which potency would you suggest for using remedies for a plant nutrient deficiency?
Radko Tichavsky: Dear Anirudha, nutrients are present in the soil and plants in dynamic equilibrium, ie not only acting individually. For instance, high levels of nitrogen inhibit carbon availability and vice versa. Similarly equilibrium relationships exist between Ca and P, Cu and Zn, Mg and Na, Mg and Ca, Si and Ca, Na and Li to mention some of the duets of elements. The elements of high atomic weight, such as those present in clay soils, for example the lanthanide or actinide, often govern bioavailability of macronutrients. Macronutrients (NPK) may be present in the soil, however the parallel the lanthanide presence may inhibit them, sequester them, so they will not be bioavailable to plants.
The homeopathic intervention in a culture is performed through all potency ranges (low, mid and high) where low potencies stimulate and high potencies inhibit. We use different potencies (decimal, centesimal, millesimal 50, multipotencies, potencies T, where drug preparation differs from the Hahnemannian ones) and their selection depends on vital reactions observed in the soil, in plants and in the entire holon.
For example, if you apply Carbo veg. 3 D you will contribute carbon to the soil and the plant, and thus decrease the bioavailability of nitrogen in both. But applying Carbo veg. 30 CH, not only will not bring the carbon, but rather inhibit it, which automatically raise the bioavailability of nitrogen.
Another example: the application of Phosphorus 100 CH in a rose with phosphorus deficiency, not only does not add this item, but will inhibit its presence on the soil even more. But if we add Sulphur 100 CH (element being paired with phosphorus balance) this will increase the bioavailability of Phosphorus in the plant and remove the red leaf color, characteristic for Phosphorus deficiency. The repertorization always depends on the vital characteristics of the holon (the patient) and his symptomatology, and this will mark the remedies potency settings and selection.