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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Radko Tichavshy, Mark Moodie and Pawan Singhania,
The oak woodlands in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains are overrun with mistletoe. And probably related, the Oak trees are very weak and growth is stunted. They don’t put on much shoot growth in the spring. The drought is not helping but not causative. The problems were there before. I worked with Dr Lee Klinger and provided alkalization and trace minerals to several oaks which helped greatly but the scale of the problem is overwhelming. Thousands of square miles are affected.
The particular area that I was living in was at 2900 feet, in a transition climate between pines and oaks, but the problem is also down at lower elevations in the drier oak woodlands, and higher up where the moss tends to cover the trees.
Is there any homeopathic approach that you can recommend? Also, how do you apply remedies on a large scale in agrohomeopathy without proving the remedies on yourself? Discussing your methods would be helpful.
Radko Tichavsky: Dear Roger, the problem of the mistletoe infestation has to do directly with the imbalance and deforestation in the middle and lower strata of the forest. The birds when they don’t find food in the lower strata (plants) and medium strata (bushes) of the forest, climb to the treetops where lie the seeds of mistletoe; some of them are ingested and evacuated and others stick on their plumage and so move and spread, infecting other trees en masse. Mechanical removal of mistletoe or alcalinization method will have limited results, while the revitalization and repopulation of the lower strata by native plants and bushes with edible seeds for birds will not be made. Seeds of plants at lower strata and seeds of bushes at medium strata serve as food for the birds and keep them busy at these two levels and in this way the treetops are free and are not re-infested by mistletoe seeds.
You can apply sprayed, the soil nosode 6 CH (made with representative soil sample taken at different locations) with the aim of revitalizing the holon. The homeopathic application can be sprinkled on large scale by helicopter or plane from the air. As a treatment of infected trees with mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.) we use Tilandsia usneoides 6 CH and we also have experimented with a “live nosode” (dynamisations are realized in water without alcohol) of Tilandsia recurvata. The mistletoe is relatively sensitive to the application of fungi eg. Cladosporium spp. The fungus Cladosporium (contained in this two mentioned Tillandsias) dry mistletoe leaves and mummify them on the tree without affecting the branches.
First to analyze your situation
- Zone which is dry. (Possibly dry cold)
- Zone which is, expectedly, more colder and wetter (wet cold) with Pine forest
3 The ground is covered with mistletoe (acting more as a weed – but is also as ground cover). (I wonder if mistletoe is standing as a problem or is useful – as ground cover?)
- In transition zone, with Pine and Oak trees. (two kinds of weather!)
- The main problem is “very weak and stunted growth”.
I feel each zone and each problem requires separate treatment.
I wonder, if you have the possibilities of making a small experiment and can make careful observation. Considering that you can, I have the following suggestions. But, I also have a request. This is a very interesting case. I would suggest that if you can undertake serious study of it and if you happen to follow my recommendations, you will share your observations in these pages for future learning. I also expect your close and continuous cooperation, as there may or may not be need of repetition of doses (at appropriate time/s), or need of single or change of remedies, depending upon the developments or no development. My advice is based on classical homeopathy.
I would like to address the problems using preparations from two sciences, Homeopathy and Biodynamic Agriculture.
First, if possible, I would suggest dividing the zones (as for experiment) into mainly 4 zones out of which one should be as CONTROL. No treatment – serving as mark for comparison.
- BD 501 (silica preparation) @ 1 gm. per acre. You need to procure BD 501 preparation from any Biodynamic Agriculture Association or BD farmer.
You need to use 1 gm in 13 liters of water, stirred (rhythmically clockwise and anti-clockwise) for one hour and need to spray skyward. This needs to be sprayed on the day when the moon is in Air/Light sign. or when the Moon is in Opposition to Saturn. (Please refer to the current Biodynamic Calendar for the dates) This is required to be applied, early in the morning, before sunrise. I would suggest two to three doses only. (Please calculate the quantities required for covering the area considering the size of container you can afford for stirring the solution and the size of the spraying tank)
Besides, I would also like to enliven the soil with BD 500 and bring in the Calcium influence using BD505 (the oak tree preparation). The use of BD500 followed by BD501 will establish balancing of the forces and BD505 the calcium influence (homeopathically). Although BD505 is usually used as one of the compost preparations, I suggest using it as spray on the Oak trees. BD 501 is expected to initiate the growth.
- May be you can have two zones. In one you, use only the BD501 but in another equal size zone, all the three BD500 + BD505 (mixed together and applied to the soil and the trees) followed by BD501 (sprayed skyward and allowing the fine mist to fall on the trees). This combination should be more apt, especially for the Dry Cold region, where the soil supposedly should be low in organic matter and poor in soil life activity (also due to draught).
- As for Homeopathy (remedy) only zone, I would advise using Medorrhinum 30 (125ml in 500 liters water per hectare as advised by Vaikunthanath Das Kaviraj) and spraying directly over each tree. Wait and watch for at least a month, if not for two months. If required, another dose (at appropriate time – to be discussed before application) to be given. Maybe we will require to change the potency then.
It is important that the homeopathy remedy should be stirred, at least for 15 minutes, before administering.
- Mistletoe if seems to be a problem in itself, please try to using Viscum album 3x (125m/500 liters/hectare). Repeat once every 7-15 days. Closely watch the results, if it is benefited or dying.
You may require big size tankers and some mechanism to stir the solutions (which is very important). You may use high density Sprayers or even Airplanes to spray in large areas. Please add upon the quantities, depending upon the size you can handle.
None of the above are harmful to humans, but especially while using Medorrhinum, you may use some kind of protective gears (though, not essential), so need to worry about provings.
Dear Plant Doctors,
Hi, I live in Thailand and I have a lime tree with these diseases: citrus greening, (also known as Huanglongbing or HLB); citrus canker (Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri), and Asian Citrus Psyllid.
Symptoms: I see curly leaves, deadened blackened branch shoot tips; citrus canker spots all over the leaves and stems; yellow halos around the canker; excessive branching of the tree; stunted growth of tree; greening effect from a bacteria, grayish irregular paterns on the lime fruit itself; limes drop off to the ground. I just found this: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/citrus-canker-symptoms-44438.html