Agro Homeopathy

Ask The Plant Doctor – February 2012

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Homeopathy heals not just humans, but plant life too!

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.

The completely revised and enlarged edition with an additional 176 pages is now available:

Send your questions! (with pictures when possible – JPG or GIF format) to [email protected] with the subject “Plant Doctor”.

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.

Hello Dr. Kaviraj

I stumbled upon a webpage promoting your willingness to assist with plant dilemmas. I have a dilemma; please see the photos of a dumb cane plant I recently purchased. The leaves have started to wither; brown and yellow in color and with some spotting. I sprayed this plant once, two weeks ago, but haven’t noticed any real improvement. What I have noticed is similar degeneration on a healthy, long-established plant I already owned. Is there any way to save my specimens!! Please help.

FYI – Newly acquired plant potted in Black Gold potting soil. Used a general herbicide applied by spraying the leaves once.

Thank you

Charlotte Kerney

Kaviraj : Charlotte,
Using an herbicide? A plant killer? And you are surprised your plants do not do well? NEVER use an herbicide on a plant you want to keep. The best solution I can think about now is to give a dose of Carbo vegetabilis or perhaps Cantharis, but DON’T USE BOTH ON THE SAME PLANT. Treat one plant with Carbo and the other with Cantharis. Keep us posted about the result please.


Hi Dr. Kaviraj,

I am plant sitting for a friend who went on deployment to Afghanistan. He told me to go ahead and treat the plant with Homeopathy. The plant is inside the house. Since it is winter time here in NC I have the heat on. The leaves are turning yellow and indeed it looks like it is dying. Which remedy should I use, potency, and how to administer? The potency I have on hand is C.

Thank you for your help.

Flor De Oro Cabrera

Kaviraj: Hi Flor,

With a name like yours, the plants should be thriving! Anyway, it looks like the veins stay green the longest. Thus my suggestion is to use Kali carbonicum 6C. Is there central heating in the house? If so, also put a bowl of water on the radiator and make sure the plants are well away from the radiator.


Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

My friend has a Rose plantation in Polyhouse. His problem is that the PH of the soil is around 4 – 4.5, so he is not getting the desired yield. He is already using good quantities of organic manure. Can you suggest a remedy? The PH of the water he is using is normal.


Prashant Raut

Kaviraj: Hi Prasant,

Low pH is high acidity. The best is to put on lime – calcite rock ground up. Also, Calcarea carbonica can do something to raise the pH. It should be around 7.2 to 7.5. Organic manure can have many sources. Do not use chicken or pig manure, because it is too acidic. Aged horse manure is the best, because it is alkaline.


Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

Do you have any advice for the Emerald Ash Borer which is destroying our trees? What about making a nosode using the borers?

Many Thanks


Kaviraj: Hi Patrick

The best remedy for the Emerald Ash Borer is Thuja occidentalis. You can also use Ledum palustre. Both these remedies are known to keep pests off trees, especially those that make holes in the bark or trunk. Ledum is used for the ill effects of stinging insects and bites in humans and animals also. Thuja is used for animal poisoning, such as found from insect bites.


Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

I have recently gone to BEES to increase my fruit and vegetable production. My first question : Is there a remedy for the pathological microorganisms of the Honey Bee [Apis Mellifica]?

My second question: What is the best remedy for the Varrona mite [varroa jacobsoni] and the tracheal mite [acarapis woodi]?

I enjoy reading your monthly comments. Thank you.

Bob Luzader

Celina ,Tn, USA

Kaviraj: Hi Bob,

It has been found that Pulsatilla is an excellent remedy for bees – in vertebrate animals is used for sheep, goats, cows and kangaroos – all herd animals and the bee is also of that class. It strengthens their hive mentality and has been proven to give them a boost.

Against varroa this is also effective to a degree. There have not been many experiments with this remedy, but I am pretty sure it will do them good. Please keep us posted about any progress.


About the author

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 :


  • Dear Dr. V.D. Kaviraj,

    I have a serious problem with ants in my little farm in Brasilia, Brazil. I won’t use poisons to kill them, and don’t know how to impede them from destroying my plants. I have two types of ants here: one is the infamous “saúva”, which lives underground; the other type collects organic matter on trees, where they reproduce, or on the ground.

    Please recommend some homeopathy remedy.

  • You have several options open. Calendula is not liked by most ants and they will not come near where it has been sprayed.
    Then there is Camphora. There are never any ants on a camphor tree and it is a better repellent than Calendula.
    We also have Arsenicum album, which works against cockroaches and may also be effective against ants.

  • sir can you please tell me how much time is required by the plant to cure from a specific problem after applying the remedy ? what should be the time interval between first n second application ?

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