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
Dear Dr Kaviraj,
Congratulations for your service to Homoepathy and to Agriculture. My black pepper plants in the nursery are affected with ‘wooly aphid’ (or mealy bug I don’t know-picture attached)
Kaviraj: Hi Dr George,
You can use Coccinella as the best remedy for these kind of problems. It is made from the natural predator and works almost always – 95% of cases are covered with it. If it fails, Staphysagria is the best alternative.
At the beginning of each newsletter you give directions to make a solution for treating plants, using 20 drops of 6X potency of the remedy in water. Would I be able to use the dry 6X pellets in water to make a solution? If so, what would be the ratio of pellets to water? Thanks so much for your help.
Kaviraj: Hi Barbara,
According to everything we know, pellets also work. I would recommend about 80-100 pellets as an approximate equivalent.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
Thank you for expanding treating homeopathically in an exciting new direction. Two of the plants grown on my window sill indoors got infested with tiny white yellow creatures; a photo is attached. First off it was the chilli plant, which I then moved away from the others. The basil plant got infested a few weeks after that. The plants are in the sun through the closed window for a good part or the day.
What are the right things to do to get and keep them healthy?
Kaviraj: Hi Roger,
This looks much like aphids and the best remedy for that is Coccinella. In case that fails, Staphysagria is the best alternative remedy. The latter remedy is also used to rid humans of headlice and works just as well.
Thank you so much for your help in agriculture. I am a big fan of Homeopathy and my family’s diseases and discomforts are helped by Homeopathy only. Two years ago we bought our first house in North Carolina , USA and are greatly challenged by the lawn (an acre lot ).We tried to fertilize the lawn with city compost last year and as a result we got different kinds of weeds all over. We are not thinking of herbicides or round-up till now. We do not know how to get rid of the weeds. Also we are ready to overseed the lawn. My questions are:
1. How can we get rid of the weeds by using homeopathy?
2. What grass seed would be compatible in an organic environment?
Last year I had greatest success in my organic kitchen garden using information from your blog. Thanks for all your love to the planet and its people.
Kaviraj: Hi Razia,
To get rid of weeds, it is recommended to use Juglans nigra. If the lawn is so full of weeds, it may be better to turn it over and start anew. Then after turning the sod, use Juglans nigra to inhibit all the seeds. 72 hours later, you can sow the new seed for the new lawn. Any grass is basically compatible. I would choose a type that is low maintenance. Never use sewage sludge – it is also full of toxins.
Dear Dr. V.D. Kaviraj,
Recently silverfish appeared in my bathroom and now are spreading to the whole apartment. I’ve read that boric acid usually works for them, but apparently for mine it does not. So I thought of using homeopathic acidum boricum, what do you think, will it help? Can you suggest any other remedies?
The second disaster is a food moth that lay eggs in grains, and the worms eat the grains. We’ve already thrown away all bad grains, but then it appeared from somewhere again. Any remedies that can be used against these flying little monsters?
Kaviraj: Hi Anna,
I have recommended to others to use Ledum palustre, preferably in tincture form. Mix 30-40 drops in a litre of water. Shake well and then add some oil and some liquid soap to make it stick. That should get rid of them.
As to insects in the grains, use Thuja 6X in the cupboard and see how they disappear. 20 drops in a litre, as with all remedies, and like with the ledum add liquid soap and some oil to make it stick.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
Thanks for offering your help. As I understand, you mainly suggest 6x. Why? Do you recommend other potencies too and what potencies are these and why would others be used, and in what cases?
I have a big problem on my field. I have slow growth of the veggies any veg grows badly (does not reach archetype shape of plant), apart from Salad (salad grows slowly, but reaches near archetype shape). There is little fruit formation in pumpkins/squashes etc, but beans are ok. Herbs do not have a strong taste, as all other veggies. I use biodynamic methods and have applied all sprays quite often. Worm activity is good. The field was a field that has not been used for 15 years only grass growing, not cut and harvested.
Can you suggest any remedy for this situation?
Kaviraj: Hi Volker,
I would have my soil tested for its pH. If too acidic, plants have a hard time to grow and then you need to make it more neutral with Calcarea carbonica. If too alkaline, the same problem occurs and the same remedy is useful to neutralise the pH. I also would give Silicea 6X to all plants that fail to thrive.