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.
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Note: 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. –V.D. Kaviraj
I am staying in Kerala, Trissur district. I have a problem related to Nutmeg trees. Fruit of the plants fell off before ripe. I need a solution for this matter and good advice necessary for the well being of the trees.
I have the feeling that your trees may be in need of Pulsatilla or Phosphorus. My advice is to divide the trees into 2 groups and give either remedy to each group, to determine which will be the best. Please leave one tree untreated, so you have a control, as is demanded of any scientific investigation.
Next time, when the trees are flowering, it is advisable to spray all the trees with a dose of Silicea.
I am Dr.Rangrajan from Karnataka, India ..We have pomegranate plants. Most of the plants are attacked by a fruit borer and some of the plants were attacked by fungal diseases. Please guide us sir. We had heavily fertilized last 9 yrs. Now can we suddenly shift to homeopathic remedies? Or do we need to slowly withdraw fertilizers? Please guide us sir.
Dr.Rangarajan- Karnataka, India
Dear Dr Rangarajan,
The best remedy against the fruit borer is Thuja occidentalis. The plants will repel the insect after application of the remedy. As to fungal diseases, since you give no specific name, it is a little difficult to prescribe, but my best advice is the remedy Silicea. You have fertilised possibly with chemical fertiliser. It is better to use animal dung and specifically that of the cow, since it is the most balanced of all natural fertilisers. You can then leave out chemicals altogether. The cow provides you with the best fertiliser for free, so why would you pay money for a chemical substitute that does not remain in the soil but is washed out and needs repeated applications? Organic fertiliser will also reduce your water bill significantly.
Dear Dr Kaviraj,
Spectacular! My roses bushes were sick, all leaves yellow and brown. Following your book Homeopathy for Farm and Garden, gave Sulfur 5 CH and in 48 hours they came back green and alive. However I need your help to understand numbers.
When you say three applications 1st 500ml/500l per hectare or 10 ml/10l on small areas…. Is it 6 granules in water per 10 ml…? stir then pour the 10 ml in 10l of water then stir? I put 12 granules in a glass of water, stir – then I pour the glass of water in the watering can (20 L) – Was it correct ?
If correct, how many granules do you put in 500ml to pour in 500l for one hectare?
Sorry I am not good with numbers and get lost.
Thank you for your help.
10 ml is a liquid application. 10 ml is about a capful and this is mixed with one litre of water. I mention nowhere anything about granules, so I wonder where you get that idea. 500 ml, is half a litre of remedy, mixed with 500 litres of water.
I live in Pennsylvania and am a gardner. Can you tell me what this is?
This is a Stramonium or trumpet flower. Its flowers are a potent poison. It produces unpleasant hallucinatory symptoms when consumed as a tea.
I have a copy of your book, but thought you might be able to give me a more specific prescription if I showed you these pictures. The first 4 are of tomato blight – ‘early blight’. Does Silica seem like the best Rx? The last 2 pictures are of a squash bug – Anasa tristis – & its eggs. Should I make a 6x of the bug itself – or try the Syprh or Trop you suggest in the book?
Thanks very much.
Julian Jonas, CCH, Lic. Ac.
Center for Homeopathy of Southern Vermont
Blight is best avoided by planting tomatoes away from potatoes, because they infect each other. The remedy Ferrum phosphoricum is the best to combat cases of blight.
The squash bug can be counteracted with Cantharis as the most appropriate remedy.
Dear Dr Kaviraj,
We have a young peach tree (8 yrs) in our yard that for 3 years has had this problem: the green leaves curl up, become red and then wither and the fruits remain small and wither too. What can I do?
Thank you very much
This sounds like you may have an insect that lays its eggs on the leaves and which then curls it to act as a protection of the pupae. There are bubbles seen in the red part of the leaves. I would say this is gall wasp. I would recommend Thuja as the most appropriate remedy.
In the Mango Plant it is observed that the new leaves which have come now are getting cut in the middle of the leaves. Can you please inform me why this phenomenon occurs now in the rainy season? Are any insecticides to be used to prevent such problems in future?
I have no idea what you are talking about. Getting cut down the middle suggests to me that the central vein is split down the middle. That can easily be a nutrient problem, but it is hard to say which. Can you have a soil test done to determine pH and nutrient availability?