Each month V.D. Kaviraj will answer 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”.
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.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj
Can you please help with the problem of black spot on my roses? The leaves are covered in black spots and eventually turn yellow and drop off the plant. Last year was quite wet – maybe this was the problem. I have cleared away all the infected leaves, and we have had a long, very cold winter, which may have killed off any lingering spores, but I would like to have a remedy ready to use at the first sign of any problems this year.
Black spot on roses is a fungal disease. First I recommend using old cow dung, so the fungus has something to do, apart from attacking the roses. Most fungal diseases are soil borne and we tend to grow our plants without too much organic matter. then the fungus needs the living plant to survive. Also, you can use a Silicea 6X as described in the manner at the top of the page, to avoid the fungus taking hold.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
Bagworms are larvae and they can be combated by using Sambucus nigra, which keeps caterpillars and other larvae off of plants. It is one of the best remedies against this problem.
I have children who play on the lawn and I want to get rid of weeds without using chemicals. Do you have any suggestions?
Depending on the type of weeds, I recommend to remove them by hand and then spraying the lawn with Juglans nigra or Abies canadiensis, because these trees do not allow anything else to grow underneath. They contain an alkaloid that inhibits the weed seeds from germinating.
Thanks for your great service in this new section of hpathy.com I wonder if you have any advice about keeping rabbits off our new allotment in the south of England. It is part of a new allotment field, formerly a sheep field, just recently ploughed up. All around are other fields – with rabbits! We cannot yet afford rabbit fencing but hope to get it by autumn.
Helen Swan RSHom
Rabbits can be kept off by catching one and charcoaling it in a crucible over a fire. The charcoal thus obtained is diluted in water and sprayed. This will keep them off till it rains. This is the biodyn method as recommended by Steiner.
Alternatively, you can grind up the charcoal with lactose as described in the Organon par 269 and following of the 6th edition of the Organon. Then from the 3rd trituration you produce the 6X, which you give 50 succussions after using 10 drops in a litre of water. This litre is further diluted with 19 litres which you use as a spray. That will keep them off longer.