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. Send your questions! (with pictures when possible -JPG or GIF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Plant Doctor”.
Dosing Plants: 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 found a tomato plant growing on one of our unused balconies – probably thanks to a seed dropped by a bird? We’re happy to have it and want to plant it in a pot. Are there any homeopathic tips you can give us for growing a healthy tomato plant? I read that this plant needs fertilisers rich in phosphorus and potassium; of course, we don’t want to give it anything chemical. Would be grateful for your advice!
Thanks so much,
The best remedy for tomatoes is and stays Ocimum basilicum. Potassium and phosphorus can be enhanced through a single application of Kali phos. This of course requires a good potting mix which already contains those nutrients. The problem with the chemical variety is that a little too much of either will have the other one unavailable. In humans those remedies are friends with each other, but in plants they are inimical.
Dear Dr. Kaviraj,
On our property we have some dogwood trees and found white larvae with light brown heads. Our neighbor says they are Dogwood Borers. Is there a nontoxic solution to this?
The best remedy for borers of any kind is Thuja. Since the borer causes damage and poisoning, Thuja is the best, since it counteracts animal poisoning, such as we also find in vaccination, where the poison has entered the body. This is also the case with borers in trees.
Soy productora de cafes especiales, organico, y gran dificultad poseo en el control de arvenses (para el caso malezas) como los pastos brachiaria, estrella, yaragua pues sus raices son invasoras para la raiz del cafe. Aunque llevo algunos intentos con aceticum acidum y citricum acidum, no logro encontrar resultados satisfactorios.
Gracias por sus aportes – Maria Teresa Mejia T Colombia’
“‘I am a producer of specialty coffees, organic, and I have great difficulty in controlling weeds (for weed case) and Brachiaria grass, star, because their roots are yaragua invasive to the root of the cafe. Although I have made some attempts with aceticum, citricum acid, I cannot find satisfactory results.
Thanks for your input
Maria Teresa Mejia – Colombia
Maria, I think the best is to use Juglans nigra, but you have to be careful not to use it on the coffee plants – they will also stop growing.
I am from Maryland in the United States. We have a pest from Asia known as the brown marmonated stink bug. Would the cure be the same as for squash bugs?
Yes that would be the same remedy.
Divine Love from India. Would you kindly let me know if your book “Homeopathy for Farm and Garden” can be had in India on payments of Indian currency? If so, kindly advise me about the bookselling agents / their locations in India and contact numbers.
The best way is to contact my publisher and find out if they have established a representation in Bharat. Here is their contact address:
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