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Experiences with Mechanical damage, repotting

Arnica montana

Stunted growth of aubergines, pepper, and busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana)

Due to this year’s poor weather, it was not possible to plant out aubergines, peppers, or busy Lizzies at the normal time.
They were not able to grow properly in their small pots and so they became stunted.
Finally the plants began to lose the lower leaves and they also stopped flowering. The new leaves looked very stunted.
So I treated the plants with Arnica 6D.
I dissolved 10 pellets in 10 liters of water and watered the plants with this mixture three times, leaving an interval of 2 days between each watering.

After 10 days the plants began to put out new shoots, which are a rich green colour. The first buds could also be seen.

For repotting and the associated damage to the fine root hairs, two remedies from the Compositae family have repeatedly proven  especially effective: Calendula and Arnica


Arnica C 30: We pruned and poured Arnica 30C once over a cherry laurel (sometimes called an English laurel) that we had already presumed unlikely to survive a harsh winter and transplanting (roots badly damaged). It recovered magnificently.


Arnica C 30: Late Planting

Late last spring, at the end of May with all the plants in full bud, I sold three valuable trees – a yew, a special maple, and a Gleditsia. They were to be transplanted to a customer's garden around the middle of July.
I wanted to dig up the trees immediately and put them in a tub, watered with Arnica 30 C (3 to 4 pellets in 10 L water). The weather was slightly overcast and therefore ideal. A week later I returned to the plant nursery and saw that the trees had still not been dug up. And they had therefore continued budding for another week.
Our two gardeners said I was crazy to even think of digging up large trees at this time of year – they flatly refused to follow my orders. I insisted they did so and said I would take full responsibility if the trees later failed to thrive. So the plants were dug up, carefully treated, and watered with Arnica 30 C (for the shock of transplanting and to heal wounds). One week later we also watered them with Calendula 30 C (3-4 pellets in 10 L water) to encourage better root formation. The trees showed no signs of weakness at all.
In mid-July they were loaded up for transplantation. One of the gardeners called me over and said I should really take a look at these trees. The new roots were simply fantastic! I felt a surge of pride. The trees were transported in the heat of summer and the next day they were planted in the new location. They looked as if they had already been there for a year.
Arnica and Calendula are my main remedies. We have had great success with pricking out (transplantation of seedlings), repotting, and transplantation in general – the plants settle in and the wounds heal better.

Georg Schmötzer., Seehausen, Germany

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Calendula 6D: Thinning out of young plants
After thinning out, young salad and tomato plants were watered in the greenhouse with Calendula 6D. They recovered noticeably quicker and grew magnificently.

Calendula: Treatment of Cacti

After taking out my cacti from the dark storage cellar in spring (at the beginning of May, when there is no further danger of frost) to put them outdoors again, the first thing I do is to water them with Natrium chloratum 30C, as recommended by Christiane Maute, to acclimatise them to the outdoor environment and if necessary to desalinate the soil.

After around one week, there follows an administration of Calendula 30C to treat possible injury from the effects of winter hibernation and the move outdoors.
After one more week, I treat them again with Silicea 30C and thereafter at irregular intervals with approximately 3 doses of Silicea 200C for general strengthening.
After the cacti have acclimatised to the outdoor climate, they are also treated approx. 3 times at weekly intervals with Arsenicum album 30C.

As you can see from the attached pictures, the cacti have a superb bloom (fig. 1). The cactus "Queen of the Night" has flowered this year for the very first time after 20 years of care and attention (it was first given Arsenicum alb. 30C) (fig. 2 + 3). This evidently came from the Arsenicum album.
Another cactus, which got sunburnt in August due to the tremendous heat, flowered in late summer for the second time in one year after treatment with Arsenicum album 30C.

The cuttings, which I take partly to rejuvenate my “planatation”, are all watered twice at weekly intervals with Arnica 30C and then again with Calendula 30C. With this procedure I have no problems with them taking root. The cuts where I separated the individual segments of the prickly pears also do not rot – instead, they heal completely with just a small scar.

* The observations of these cacti do not constitute proof of homeopathic efficacy but the gardener's experience to date indicates such an effect.
W. Seiler, Mühlenbach, Germany 2013

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