Our plant doctors Radko Tichavshy, Mark Moodie and Pawan Singhania weigh in on your plant problems.
Radko TIchavsky Mark Moodie Pawan Singhania
Radko Tichavsky is a Czech born Mexican Agrohomeopath. He is a co-founder and director of Instituto Comenius in Mexico and author of Handbook of Agrohomeopathy, 2007 (Spanish) and Homeopathy for Plants, 2009 (Spanish) and creator and teacher of Holohomeopathy. http://icomenius.edu.mx/index1034.php?lang=esp
Mark Moodie hosts the website Considera which provides a growing M.M and Repertory for plants and discusses resources for biodynamics and Agrohomeopathy http://considera.org/hrxmatmed.html The website allows the world community to contribute their experiences in planting.
Radko Tichavskyi is now offering a one semester virtual course in Agrohomeopathy (in English). You can learn how to define and analyze holons and how to repertorize the specific homeopathic treatment beyond just disease or pest names. You can find out more here: www.icomenius.edu.mx
Our plant doctor, Radko Tichavsky, answers your questions about houseplants and crops for May 2016. Send your questions to Mail@hpathy.com Please include your approximate location and climate.
Dear Radki Tichavsky,
I am using homeopathy for agriculture in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh State, India since 2009. Here farmers are growing rice crops. Every year they are facing fungal disease known as Rice Blast. The last two years I tried to cure the disease with homeopathy but could not control the disease. Based upon my observations and experience I tried Sulphur, Carbo Veg, Aconite, Belladona and Silicea, without significant result. Now three remedies Dulcamara, Rhus tox and Bryonia come to mind after studying the Rice Blast disease life cycle. I will try these remedies. I have made five groups RB1,RB2,RB3,RB4,and RB5. Each group has 5Acres of agriculture land. The rice crop variety is Pusa1121.
If you have any suggestion / experience then please tell me.
MD Zul Maarif
Dear Zul Maarif,
The hybridization of the species has been beneficial on the one hand to create plants with high production, but also detrimental to weaken the deployment of defenses in the form of secondary metabolites. This has been the especially the case with rice. Sulphur, Carbo vegetabilis, Aconite, Belladona and Silicea are remedies directed towards combating Magnaporthe spp. (anamorph Pyricularia spp.), fungus, known as rice blast. But a more elegant strategy could be not to fight against the rust, but strengthen some parts of the metabolic pathway of rice especially concerning anthocyanins flavonoids and antioxidants that work as an alternative in sulfur deprived plants. Shikimic acid, Aspartic acid and Threonine are other secondary metabolites that play an important role in the metabolism of rice regarding rice blast.
The theme of rice and Magnaporthe spp. is very complex. It was just recently that the genetic structure of the plant was deciphered. Many of its epigenetic mechanisms are still a mystery and as for the fungus, its secondary metabolites have hardly been identified. It should be helpful to search for varieties of rice that are more rustic and resistant to the fungus with less human manipulation and return a little more to wild rices.
Under the assumption of continuing to work with the crop variety Pusa1121 popular in India, it could be helpful to apply Phosphorus 6 CH, Acacia farnesiana, Achillea millenfolium, Allium cepa, Allium sativum, Aloe vera, Equisetum arvense and Phytolacca at low potencies. Ricinus communis 30 CH Arnica montana 200 CH and Staphysagria 200 CH Nux vomica 200 CH will help expand the epigenetic plasticity of the rice plants in response to pathogenic fungi and some unfavorable climatic changes. It is also very important to work with certified seed, as the rust can remain dormant in infected seed and thus forms a continuous circle of re-infection.
My problem is too much rain. I have a small vegetable and fruit garden which is bordered on two sides by arborvitae fence, a few other bushes and big oak. I hope it helps a bit. I have ground cover plants, like clover. As a last attempt, I put a layer of straw on all open spaces in the garden. But it is waterlogged anyway now and then. Apart from dill, which has some problems (yellowing and dying), there are no problems yet. But the rain does not stop, it continues every day already for two weeks and it will continue (it’s Netherlands, Oud-Loosdrecht). Is there anything I can do to help plants survive that kind of weather (which is sometimes very stormy also) or should I give up gardening?
By the way, when will I be able to read your book in English?
Jolanta Senele firstname.lastname@example.org
You must never give up the noble work of gardening. Recent climate changes and changes in the rainfall pose increasing problems in protecting agriculture. In the case of your garden you might cover your garden with a roof of clear plastic to reduce the flow of water on your crops.
Generally the best protection against flooding (but also against drought) is to keep large soil depth and keep the mulch on the soil surface (as you do correctly already), and add a little sand in the soil to help in soil drainage. Another solution would be to seek crops that favor high humidity conditions. Kalium muriaticum and Kalium carbonicum are the remedies related to disturbances of water in the soil.
Dear Radko Tichavsky,
I have a very beautiful Copper Cherry blossom. It was uprooted and the bark very badly damaged all the way around it. I have been treating it with remedies and am wondering if there are any recommendations to help protect the tree and help the bark to recover?
Claire Edmunds-Bergin email@example.com
It depends on the depth of the damage. In the anatomical structure of tree bark there are several outer layers, inner bark (phloem secondary), vascular cambium and so on. Phloem vascular tissue leads sugars and other nutrients from the organs where they are synthesized and produced, to consume, store and transport them (in an ascending and descending way). If the damage is not deep, it will be sufficient to apply Arnica 6 CH sprinkled over the lesion and paint the damaged part of the trunk with a latex paint mixed with tea of Equisetum arvense to protect the tree from the entrance of pathogenic fungi. The tree may live but will not retrieve the bark.
Hi Radko Tichavsky,
We have really a lot of Jacobaea senecio/ Jacobaea vulgaris in our pasture (Belgium – Europe) which is very harmful for the horses when they should eat it. It spreads a lot and is a real pest. For the moment we try to take it out manually, but this takes days and days. And now the weed is flowering and every flower will become seed. I was thinking I might use the flowers to make a kind of tea and spray the field with it (and prevent the horses from eating there for a month) and perhaps it would be work as a kind of homeopathic remedy? So I Googled and found your website. Can you help me find a way to control the weed in the pasture in an ecological way?
Ingrid – Belgium firstname.lastname@example.org
To fix the prolliferation of this plant you can use crisomelid root feeder Longitarsus jacobaeae. But to understand why this plant appears, it is very important to know that Jacobaea vulgaris is one of more important bioindicators of pollution of heavy metals frequently found in soils in Europe. So the remedy for your holon is Boldus 12 CH, Carduus marianuus 12 CH, and Capsela bursa pastoris 6 CH. Once the levels of heavy metals pollution of the soil is lowered, if you provide these two remedies to your horses, and probably also to those who live in this zone, this plant will simply disappear from the holon.
Please let me know the remedy for too high soil PH. My soil PH is around 8.5.
Sulphur 6 CH is the key remedy to lower the pH, but it is very important to maintain also a good level of chelators in the soil. For example, one can apply often microdoses of the sap of Opuntia ficus-indica, and also increase the content of organic matter in the soil, frequently adding mature compost (humic and fulvic acids).
Hello dear plant doctor,
I am a homeopath and subscriber of Hpathy. I regularly read your articles and am fond of agrohomeopathy. I live in Pune, Maharashtra, India where it has started raining now. Temp is 28°C. I have a question about my house plants and want your expert advice. Some of them have ceased flowering namely, Jasminum sambac, Crossandra infundibuliformis, Common jasmine . We tried girdling for Magnolia champaca after which it started flowering again. Once I had tried Bach flower remedy (Walnut ) which gave some results but they don’t flower now.