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The Plant Doctors May 2014


How to apply remedies from V.D. Kavraj:  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.”


Mark Moodie and Dr. Iftikhar Waris       Pawan Singhania


Dear Mark, Dr. Waris and P awan,

This Cypress tree is about three years old. Many of the leaves are turning brown and dying. We had much snowfall this year and the trees were covered with snow for long periods. We also had excessive rainfall. We did not use any fertilizer when we planted or subsequently. Do you have any suggestions, homeopathic or otherwise? We are in the eastern U.S.


Thank you

Sheila Ackerman


Pawan Singhania: Sheila, please check your soil aeration. Apply some matured compost, preferably treated with Biodynamic preparation. Add some organic manure rich in Nitrogen, Potassium and magnesium. You must use some chelated iron (1ml diluted in1 liter of water) and apply in the roots. Repeat once every10-15 days. Three doses should suffice. In the chelated form, the iron remains in the soluble state, unaffected by the soil chemistry rendering it insoluble. Chelation is also known as sequestration.

Dr. Waris : Dear Sheila, Sulphur 6c can be tried to remove the stress caused due to climatic effect.


Dear Plant Doctors,

The leaves of my green chilli plants are curling and getting wrinkled and the growth is thwarted. Any solution please?


Thank you

Dr. Hasan  


Pawan Singhania: Dr. Hasan, this could be primarily mosaic virus. Check good the quality of seeds next time. Look closely for the presence of any insect. Meanwhile, remove the infected top growth. Add about a handful or two of matured compost that should be mixed in the soil. Try 1 tsp of juice extracted by macerating young leaves of Bouganvilla mutabilis, mixed in 1 liter of water. Spray once every 7 days. Apply as prophylactic doses 15 days after planting the seedlings (once every 15 days) could avoid this situation.

Dr. Waris: Give a dose of Tabacum 30c and the leaves should open up.


Dear Plant Doctors,

This Streptocarpus plant shows damaged leaves, no blooms. The dead leaf generated some new growth.  When I’ve transplanted the babies in the past, they died. This leaf shows some of the damage. The following photo is the same plant which is blooming. Large plant, leaves with no damage, but no blooms. Thank you for any help which you can provide.

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Thank you

Pat Feinberg  


Pawan Singhania: Pat, wait for some time and these plants should flower in the course of time. Try to avoid any nitrogen rich feed. Try Phosphorus 200 @ 1 drop in 1 liter of water; stir the water clockwise and counter-clockwise for at least an hour before spraying. You may also try using the medicated water in the roots. Repeat after 15 days.


Dear Plant Doctors

I had a problem with potato scab last year and tried using lime, which seemed to make it worse. Do you have any suggestions for this problem?

William Harrison


Pawan Singhania: Hi William. Treat the seeds (tubers) with Trichoderma viridii, (a biological fungicide) before sowing. Natrum Muraticum 200C may be used as it helps to cure post harvest root and fruit rots.


Hi, Mark,

Kindly advise as to when is the first time an Anar potted plant pruning is done and in which month and how. (Also called Darrun plant)

Thanks. Aspy Pune India


Pawan Singhania: Aspy, pruning should be done when the plants are in dormancy. However, considering Pune weather, do light pruning just before monsoon and the next in Oct or Nov.

Dr. Waris: Treat the plants with Arsenicum album 30 to initiate growth.


Hi Mark,

A gardener from Pune advised me to use diluted human urine for potted house plants as fertilizer for soil once every fortnight. Does this make sense?

Aspy Billiardmaker


Pawan Singhania: Dear Aspy, any urine will serve more or less the same purpose. It’s the nitrogen content that is responsible. Better use cow urine (fermented for 15 days by storing it in clay pot) diluted in 1:6 ratio, repeated every 15 days. 3-4 applications should be enough. Single application of compost in the beginning of summer is enough. Repeat again beginning monsoon.

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