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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.