Ask The Plant Doctor – February 2010

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Each month V.D. Kaviraj will answer selected 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 sufficient detail and pictures when possible (JPG or GIF format) to [email protected] with the subject ‘Plant Doctor’.
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Note: In 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. *Sucussion : Shake vigorously with powerful downward strokes on a flexible but firm surface.

Note:  This issue of the Plant Doctor is shorter because V.D. Kaviraj is making preparations to assist in Haiti with homeopathy.  All other questions will be answered on his return.

Dear Kaviraj

I am a chemical free farmer living near Wagga in New South Wales. Native pasture has been largely destroyed in most of the “improved” paddocks, to be replaced by winter-growing annuals. This means that when we have any summer rain a variety of other species try to fill the vacuum.  One of the most troublesome species is Tribulus Terrestris which has gone beyond control by hand-weeding in some areas.I have tried using peppers made and broadcast at the appropriate time of the month with no measureable success.  Have you any thoughts?

Thank you
Rosemary

Dear Rosemary,

This grass problem can best be solved by Juglans regia or Juglone.

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Dear Kaviraj,

Please advise if there is any medicine for woolly aphids?

Ovais

Dear Ovais,

You can buy Coccinella 6X from the homoeopathic store. It is made of ladybugs and will repel all aphids from any plant. Another way is the gauzefly, Syphilinida, which is available from some dealers in IPM – Integrated Pest Management. There are firms that breed predators and they can be ordered straight from them. With that batch of insects you can make a remedy yourself. Grind the insects up in a mortar and pestle, with some lactose or sucrose, for about 1 hour. Dissolve the sugar in water and dilute 1:10. Give 10 succussions and from the mixture obtained again dilute 1:10, with the same 10 succussions. Repeat till the 6th decimal solution. See above for the further instructions of use. At the top of the page these can be found.

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Dear Dr. Kaviraj

I have sent you a direct mail attaching pictures of some leaves and stem of Alstonia trees which are affected for 2-3 years. Last year I had cut the branches and had treated the soil with Boron,
organic matter and have also used some sprays but without any result. I am attaching the pictures again. I wonder if these are any kind of rust. However, please help me specifically suggesting whether to use the remedy as foliar spray or soil drenching. Please give full description.
I already have your book Homeopathy for Farm and Garden which is very interesting and would like to try some of your suggestions. I will also share my experiences. I seek your urgent response.
Regards

Pawan Singhania

Dear Pawan

This does not look like rust at all. This is a tunneling insect with galls – Gallwasp comes to mind. You could try Thuja as a remedy, or maybe Coccinella, once the larvae come out.

Kaviraj

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 : http://www.narayana-publishers.com/Homeopathy-for-Farm-and-Garden/Vaikunthanath-Das-Kaviraj/b8241

7 Comments

  • Hi Doctor, nice to meet you, i´m a mexican master student, i would like to researh about some plant viruses, and i was thinking about a nosode to make some tolerance agaist plant viruses, can you give me some advice about make such nosodes?

    Thanks

    • A nosode is made by taking infested leaves and triturating them with sugar of milk as per the Organon. Then you potentise up to the 6X in the usual manner. The application rates are given above.

  • Dear Kaviraj,
    how can I purchase a copy of your book?
    I’m very interested to understand this topic better, and should start with your book first!

    Thanks,
    Jit Ling

  • I interviewed the good doctor at PAP airport while we were waiting to leave. Would love to ask a few more questions. Hope he has not already left for India.
    Mary Jean in South Carolina USA

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