Agro Homeopathy

Ask the Plant Doctor – November 2010

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Make your ‘green thumb’ greener with Kaviraj’s help!

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 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 Doctor,

I applied Silicea 3C to the soil by spray and presently the plant grew vigorously. The stem height 50% is more than the control plants. The flower stem is thick and straight, and the stem nearly 29 cm in length. The color is so beautiful. Your research is the 8th wonder of world.

I have one quart of 10 gram availed for the mountain side. How do I produce Silicea liquid mother tincture? Which are the right raw materials to use? Silica tera, quartz, rock crust, flint? Rock crust (silicon dioxide micronized powder 99.9%) is easily available. Thank you for for your valuable advice.

Hi Thiyagarajan,

You must be very happy with those results! Thank you for sending me those pics. Do you also have pics of the controls that received no Silicea? Then it can be nicely compared. Here is how to make the tincture and potencies of Silicea. Rock dust (99% Si2O) is quite ok to use making Silicea.

Take 1 part of rock dust to 9 parts of lactose (sugar of milk). 1 gram of Si2O is mixed with 3 grams of lactose and ground for 1 hour in the mortar and pestle. After 1 hour add another 3 grams of lactose and repeat the trituration for 1 hour. Then add the last 3 grams of lactose and again repeat grinding for 1 hour.

This is dissolved in water. After dissolution, add 50% medicinal alcohol. This is your tincture. From the tincture, you take 1ml to 9 ml of water or alcohol and give 10 succussions. This is 1X. From the 1X take 1 ml and mix with 9 ml of alcohol. Again give 10 succussions. This is 2X. Repeat this procedure till you come to 6X, which must receive 50 succussions. This is the potency used on the soil in the manner you already know.

Dear Dr. Kaviraj
I have a Lime plant at home that’s almost 5 yrs old. It is 2 feet tall and does not flower. Some say it is a male plant and won’t give fruit, but I doubt that. Also what is the best way to make any given soil fertile? Thank you and keep up the great work.

Warm Regards,
Vinod P. D.

Hi Vinod,

You can give your plant some Phosphorus. Water it on the roots as described above at the beginning of this column and see the results.

Dear Dr. Kaviraj,

If I want to use Zinc for potato scab next year, how should I apply it? On the soil before I plant potatoes, or on the plants once they come up?

Thank you,

Hi Ingrid,

You water the remedy onto the roots of the plant once they are in the ground.

Dear Dr Kaviraj,

Cuscuta reflexa (parasitic plant) is sucking nourishment from my mango trees and hedge plants resulting in their destruction. We are unable to eradicate this menace by mechanical means. Can you suggest some homeopathic spray to prevent its growth and root out this problem from my home garden.
Thank you,
Dr. V.N. Bhargava – India

Dear Dr. Bhargava,

You can use Juglans nigra, to curb the spread and growth of the weed. Make sure you don’t water too much, because you do not want to also suppress your trees and hedge. So water them with the remedy as little as possible, but make sure the roots of the parasite get a dose.


Dear Kaviraj,

Leaves in my pumpkin plants have started showing whiteness along their veins which is of immediate concern to me. Also, is there such a thing as a general purpose homeopathic spray for either fungi or insects? I’m in Northern India. Thank you


Hi Ramanuj

Yes, there is a general purpose remedy, which is Silicea. This is a general anti-fungal remedy, which is applicable to many fungi. However, fungi can have symptoms not covered by Silicea, in which case Carbo veg or Salicylic acid may need to be used.

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 :


  • Hi Kaviraj
    I really enjoy your homeopathy for plants and would like some advice on my pommegranite tree. Each year it flowers beautifully but never gives fruit. I planted another next to it that was bearing 1 fruit last year. this year neither of them have born fruit? thankyou in advance x

    • Hi Ginni,

      As you may know, plants use up a lot of Phosphorus during flowering and fruiting. I reckon they have a Phosphor lack. That can have 2 reasons.

      1. You have given too much Potassium, prior to blooming. That “locks up” all the phosphor in the soil and the plant cannot use it.
      2. You have neglected to apply phosphor prior to blooming.

      The asnwer to 1. is to use Kali phosphoricum 6x.
      The answer to 2. is to either dose with phosphor fertiliser or to use Phosphorus 6X.

  • I am very happy my pics. upload our forum.
    Thanks lot, I am doing so many researche, all the pics sent to your forum
    South India

    • Thiaygarajan, please send them to me, because I will include them in an encyclopedia I am working on. I will make sure they get to the forum.

  • sir,
    thanks lot !!
    i read all your articles n its great!!
    in d last few yrs we have xanthomonas bacterial disease on our pomogranate crop n also nematodes-root knot on crop. wht i can do for it?wht r d medicines n can i try diffrent remedies for these 2 diffrent conditions?how it apply? thank you

  • Dear Dr Sandeep,

    Ferrum phos, or Silicea, Carbo veg, or Salicylic acid may be the indicated remedy for the Xanthomonas. I would try out all four and see which works best.

    Calendula, Cina or Staphysagria may fix the nematode problem. If I were you, I would try out all three and see which works best.

    With both problems please keep some plants as controls, which receive only water. Also, please take photos before and after and send them to me to be included in my encyclopedia.

    • You try the different remedies on different plants – NEVER on the same plant. That would be folly, because then you cannot find out which is the best. So 1 remedy per plant and no more than 1.

  • hello doctor !

    i did treat my apricot trees with tuja 6 , also used silicea on the mildew in the garden ,i cannot yet see a difference,how long does it take to heal a plant? thanks for your great advise
    regards ,cornelia from mexico

    • Ho Cornelia,

      Did you follow the instructions at the top of the page carefully? Because you cannot just give the remedy without following them properly – it won’t work.

      Mildew can also be treated with Ferrum phos. Or Salicylic acid.

      And your trees, you can try Coccinella.

  • Dear sir,
    i have 1000 pomogranate plants.i want to know details about doses.if i prepare 20 liters of silicea 6x as per above STANDERD FORMULA then it can only for 1 plant or many plants?hw much for each plant?
    THANK U..

  • Sir,

    this time we are growing cucumner in soil less culture in greenhouse, we are facing gummy stem blight problem, how can we cure it using homeopathy?

    Thanks & Best Regards


    • Hi Vineet, gummy stem is a fungal disease, as far as I know. From what you say it looks that it is a case of loss of fluids. Carbo veg could be the remedy.

  • sir,
    i had given silicea 6x to pomogranate plants…but i observed aggravation of oil spots(xanthomonas)on new plants also.
    this disease affect export quality please sir advice for this…THANK U..

    • You can also try Ferrum phos, Salicylic acid or Carbo veg. Don’t use all three on the same plant. Try out the different ones on different plants to discover which is best.

    • Respected Doctor,
      one plot spray for silicea, rain for continues in 15 days, rainy days the plant was also increased (leaf size, color, hight, smoothness, leaf length, breath) different in control plot, one weak before river water was irrigated, to day the control and sprayed plot are same, is silicea spray was not worked? I am confusing, any technical problem or river water irrigation.
      Thank you,
      South India,

  • Dear Dr. Kaviraj
    Thank you for the reply will follow your instructions and keep you updated on the same, i wanted some info on how to improve a coconut plam yeild.. and how to get rid of some white powdery stuff on my plants under part of the leaf and on the stem .. it white and stick to the hand.. have no idea what its called but it sure causes damage..

    Thanks and much regards,
    Vinod PD

  • We wish to know about homeopathy remedies to ensure stem plant survival. Also to know about better flowering of roses, fruit bearing for creepers, nut bearing for ladies finger plants, arresting pest for bitter guard creepers.

    Thanking You
    Yours Sincerely’
    N.Sreerama Murty

  • Dear Doctor,
    I have nematode problem in my black pepper creepers. (They are about 20ft tall and have been yielding. now they are affected by nematode (Radopholus similis) and (slow wild/slow decline) leaves have started yellowing and plants have started drying up from the top. now what treatment do you suggest. Also let me know if i Can I use homeo products with humic acid. (Mixed in humic acid for soil application).
    Hope to hear from you.
    Gadadhar Sivaswamy

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