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
Our plant doctor, Radko Tichavsky, answers your questions about houseplants and crops for May 2016. Send your questions to [email protected] Please include your approximate location and climate.
Dear Radko Tichavsky,
Last year much of our crop of tomatoes and peppers was destroyed by aphids. Is there a homeopathic remedy or other natural means to deal with, or prevent that problem? We live in New Jersey (U.S.) which has moderate weather and rainfall. Our postal zip code is 08102.
Too much nitrogen in the soil can result in accelerated growth of plants, but these produce soft tissues, which along with excess nitrogen on the undersides of leaves are very attractive to aphids. The solution is to provide calcium to plants which hardens the skin of the plants and makes it more difficult for the aphids to penetrate the epidermis of the plant, because the alimentary stylet of aphids is already very smooth. Interweave tomato plants and peppers with rue, rosemary and basil plants, with its volatile organic compounds and you will control aphids.
Apply Calcarea carbonica 6 CH once a week. You can also prepare a nosode of aphids. Place half the volume of live aphids in half volume of ethyl alcohol, and from this mother tincture (after maturing it for one week) prepare dynamization to the 6 CH potency. Apply once every two weeks for two months.
Dear Plant Doctor,
We planted too soon this year and it’s still a bit cold outside. Is there any way to protect seedlings from the effects of lower temperatures? Also, many seedlings grown in paper cups are very delicate and die soon after being replanted. Is there a remedy that will help them take root and withstand the first few days of being replanted? We live in New York (U.S.).
Dear Claire, you can apply Carbo vegetabilis at the 12 CH potency to protect your crops from the cold. You can also use Larrea tridentata 12 CH. Form around the trunks of the plants, small piles of soil, or by mulching, and these will help to protect the root system from freezing. During the cold season the plants require higher nitrogen (eg in the form of sheep dung) and good irrigation. As for the formation of a strong root system use, Calcarea carbonica 6 CH.
Dear Radko Tichavsky,
Some of our neighbors’crops developed mosaic virus, with wrinkled leaves and stunted growth. Is there a way we can prevent this from happening to our tomato crop? We live in Southern Ontario, Canada.
The mosaic virus is mainly transmitted through aphids, which have to be controlled in tomato crops for example with Calcarea carbonica 6 CH and Ricinus communis 6 CH alternated with nosode of aphids on 6 CH potency and using as companion planting basil, rosemary and rue. The viruses can also be transmitted through hand contact of smokers, by contact with plants contaminated by the virus (all plants belonging to the Solanaceae family to which tobacco also belongs). Instruments not sanitized with alcohol or contact with people (or their clothes) that have touched affected plants may be a means of transmission. The contaminated plants can be treated by applying Salix babylonica 12 CH and Arsenicum album 12 CH alternated.
Dear Mr. Tichavsky,
For two seasons cabbage worms (Pieris rapae) have eaten more of our cabbage than we did! We live in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. We have hot summers and cold winters with average rainfall. The postal zipcode is 30304.
Sambucus nigra 6 CH, Cajanus cajan (pigeon pea) 6 CH, Urtica urens 6 CH or Colocasia esculenta 3 CH are excellent corrective remedies. You can use a little olive oil as adjuvant. It is very important not to overdo the use of manure from cows and other compounds with high nitrogen content during the summer period. Do not plant Brassicaceae plants in successive seasons in the same place. You can alter them for example with onions or garlic, asparagus, beets or potatoes.