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.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
We’ve got mildew on our pumpkin plants. Is there anything non-toxic we can try?
You can try Silicea and see how that goes. If it does not work, Salicylic acid may do the trick
This year we had early blight on our tomatoes. We’re hoping for a better crop next year. Can you recommend a natural solution to this problem?
The best solution is Ocymum basilicum. Make sure you keep them away from potatoes, otherwise they infect each other.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
Thank you for your wonderful column! Is there any way to treat anthracnose in Dogwood trees?
Anthracnose can be cured with Salicylic acid. Also make sure your trees get a nice dose of compost next fall – or this one if fall has arrived where you live.
Is there a non-chemical way to solve Fusarium wilt in tomato plants?
Dear Theresa. Most fungal diseases react well to Silicea. Do you have sufficient organic matter in the soil? Fusarium prefers that above living plants.