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 El 04/12/2014, a las 15:36, Radko Tichavsky [email protected]
Mark Moodie hosts the website Considera which provides a growing M.M and Repertory for plants and discusses resources for biodynamics and Agrohomeopathy 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
Dear Radko Tichavsky Sir,
I live in Nasik city, Maharshtra Province of India. I have planted 120 trees of Pomegranate (Punica granatum) in 2012.Now the tress are 4 year old. My trees are suffering from Bacterial blight (xanthomonas axonopodis pv punicae) infection which caused loss of 29 trees. Now 10 more trees are on the verge of death. This disease has badly affected my farm and caused me money loss. Can you suggest homeopathy medicine to control this disease?
There are several ways to fix the symptoms of Xathomonas axonopodis punicae in pomegranate. First spray the tea-compost on the crop, made from a well-made mature compost. A few times is enough. Apply the tea-compost in dilution 1:20 with water. Bacteria and fungi are two organisms that often compete for the same space in the holon, and mycorrhizal fungi in the tea-compost will help recover this space for the plant. It is very important to keep mulching from native plants among the trees. In no case should you leave bare soil without plant cover. You can also disperse some seeds of aromatic plants including Thyme. Once the native plants reach the height of 30 cm, cut them and leave on the soil in the same place to form a mulch. It is also very important to reduce the irrigation in affected trees.
The useful remedies for these symptoms are Hamammelis virginiana 6 CH, Rosmarinus officinalis 6 CH, Hibiscus sabdariffa 6 CH and a powerful homeopathic remedy, we could say a master remedy, prepared from the bark of the Sweet Acacia, Acacia farnesiana 3 CH. You can make applications once a week, alternating homeopathic remedies. Once the emergency is resolved, apply Ganoderma lucidum 100 CH, once a month, first quarter and then space the applications of Ganoderma lucidum up to one application per production cycle of the plant.
We are commercial grape growers from India (1 acre ) State – Mahatashtra District, sangli. Geo. Location – north lat. 16.4 to 17.1
East Long. 73.43 to 75.00
Min temp. – 14° c
Max. temp – 42° c
Avg. Rainfall – 400 to 500 mm
Our soil analysis report shows excess phosphorus and low zinc. Every year We have a problem of low yield ( 6 to 7 ton ). I am attaching soil the report.
Please offer guidance
The nutrient analysis was made in September and the fluctuation of bioavailable phosphorus in the soil generally increases during the winter. That is, it is now certainly well above the values reflected in the analysis. As zinc and copper, these two elements often present antagonism in that simultaneously excess of copper and zinc deficiency occurs and vice versa. Frequent applications of Bordeaux mixture and/or clay soil rich in heavy metals (Cd, Sc, Li, As) can cause accumulation of copper in the soil and in plants and reduce the zinc. One symptom is precisely low yields and a greater susceptibility to fungal diseases.
Another possibility is to add to the soil a little river sand, as changing the soil texture will decrease the high levels of copper and improve drainage of the soil.
Apply Magnesium sulphuricum 6 CH every two weeks sprinkled on the soil and plants, alternated with Alumina 6 CH every two weeks. Pteridium aquilinum 100 CH can also be useful. This will move the pH and balance excess of phosphorus, and also will harmonize copper levels relative to zinc.
I live at Hyderabad Telangana state India. My spinach plants are growing in pots. They have some diseases (pics below). Can you make a suggestion?
You should reduce, or if it is possible, eliminate the application of nitrogen fertilizers (manure from origin animal). The plants are essentially vegetarian, and animal origin fertilizers cause pests and diseases and make the plants susceptible to rapid growth and formation of very soft tissues. As the nitrogen source can serve much better, use a ferment made of Ricinus communis leaves (leaves 50% and 50% water) that is allowed to ferment for about two weeks and then applied in microdoses 1:20 with water on crops. Apply Ricinus communis 6 CH, Equisetum 6 CH and Calcarea carbonica 6 CH on alternate weeks. Example: Ricinus week 1, week 2 Equisetum and Calc c.week 3. Is important to apply compost made only from plants (without adding the animal manure or rests ) on crop and reduce the irrigation a little.
I am from Andhra pradesh , India. We are growing 20 hectares chilli. The last 2 months we are suffering with light green-yellow and white leaves with leaf curl disease (see photo). Before this disease started in November we had heavy rainfall. The present climate is 18 degrees with light snow. This disease is not controlled by spraying . Some people use Thuja 200 ch which gives better results. Is there a better cure for that disease? Is there a remedy that will give better flowering and fruit setting?
The plants in the photo’s you sent have signs of deficiency of zinc. You can apply various remedial actions: embedding plants such as Lemongrass (Cympogodon citratus) that are used to form fences to protect crops; intercalate Rue (Ruta graveolens and other Rutaceae plants especially those from the same holon), Basil (Ocymum basilicum) or Oregano (Origanum spp.). You can apply the tea-compost by aerial spraying of the plants and soil.
Very important for the chili plants are the mycorrhizal fungi, as they improve plant growth, increase vital performance, reduce nutritional imbalances and consequent pests and diseases. You can collect a bit of topsoil from a nearby forest, dissolve in water and with this tea-compost, water the seedlings once they develop the first two true leaves. This will help your plants to be inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. Regarding homeopathic remedies, you can apply foliar Zincum metallicum 12 CH and also prepare a broth of lettuce leaves in water and apply microdoses in the proportion of 1:20 in water.
During fruit formation you can apply foliar Kalium carb 6 CH and during flowering Magnesium phosphoricum 6 CH. I add the table (below) with useful nutrients from plants for growing organic chili from my recent manual of organic chilli.
|Element||Fuction in plant||Vegetal source|
|Nitrogen||It is essential macronutrient for plant growth||Castor (Ricinus communis)|
|Potassium||Macronutrient, sawing and stomatal opening, tissue elongation||Leaf of lettuce (Lactuca sativa)|
|Phosphorus||Macronutrient maturation of seeds and fruits, flowering, energy metabolism and sugars||Sugar beet roots (Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris)|
|Calcium||Hardness of skin, protection, communication with the roots||Leaf loofah (Luffa egyptiaca)|
|Sulphur||Enzyme precursor||Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var.botrytis)|
|Manganese||Antioxidant, calcium absorbtion||young bark of oak (Quercus spp.)|
|Magnesium||Antidote Ca, photosynthesis, vasodilator, CNS depressant||Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)|
|Copper||Fungicide, coloring of the fruit||Stalks of black cherry (Prunus serotina var.serotina)|
|Zinc||Fungicide, AIA precursor, stimulates apical growth||Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)|
|Iron||Chlorophyll biosynthesis||Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)|