The doctor whom the plants trust

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René Wadas has been working as a botanist for about 20 years - and almost the only one of his guild. The 48-year-old gardener, who lives in Börßum, Lower Saxony, with his wife and two children, is often consulted by worried plant owners: drooling and non-flowering roses, bare lawns or brown spots on houseplants are some of the symptoms he treats. As a practice serves him a large greenhouse of a former nursery in pillow bridge. Twice a week there is a consultation in the "Plant Hospital", which was opened this year: "Problem children" such as bucket and house plants can be brought there and examined by a specialist. For little money, Wadas picks up the perennials, potted plants and flowers to be fed up.

Even home visits makes Wadas, because he is now in use throughout Germany. About calls and especially e-mails and photos he will be shown the harmful images. These "private patients", as the native Berliner affectionately calls these plants, use his green doctor's bag. It contains: an electronic measuring instrument for the determination of the pH-value in the soil, a magnifying glass, a sharp rose scissors, algae lime and teabags with powdery vegetable extracts.

René Wada's green doctor's bag

The green doctor bag is a constant companion of René Wadas

"Plants help plants" is the motto of the plant doctor

His treatment philosophy is "plants help plants". That is, if funds have to be used in the treatment, they should be biological if possible. "Nearly every plant has developed natural defenses in the course of evolution to cope with pests and diseases," he says. Nettle tincture, tansy and field horsetail would usually be enough to keep leaf and scavenger lice away and to sustainably strengthen the plants. It is important to have patience and to apply the brew constantly over a longer period of time. In the home garden one could completely do without chemical (spraying) agents. "No one forgives one more mistake than a plant," says Wadas, whose 5,000 square meter garden serves as a large field of experimentation.

Practical tips against pests and healthy plants

Efeutee helps, for example, against spider mites. Another tip: Field horsetail contains silicic acid, which works well against fungal diseases such as mildew and strengthens the leaves.

potato beetle

Against the Colorado beetle helps a brew of tansy leaves

Tansy broth for aphids and Co.

"When it is very dry and warm in the summer, leaf and wool lice and potato beetles are noticeable in the garden, whereas a broth of tansy leaves help," advises the doctor. Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is a perennial plant that flowers in late summer.

flowering tansy

Tansy, which flowers in late summer, is collected and boiled with water

It is necessary to collect about 150 to 200 grams of fresh Tansy leaves and shoots and cut them small, preferably with a secateurs. The tansy is then boiled with one liter of water and allowed to steep for ten minutes. Then add 20 milliliters of rapeseed oil and stir vigorously again. Then the broth is strained and still lukewarm (optimally a temperature between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius) is placed in a spray bottle. Then shake the tincture well and spray affected areas of the plant. "The warm brew penetrates the waxy layer of the lice, so you will definitely get rid of the pests," says Wadas.

Less care is sometimes more

René Wadas examines a peach tree

The peach tree may recover by itself

Sometimes it can also be helpful to leave the plants to themselves and observe certain harmful images first. Some peach trees affected by the ruffling disease recovered again. "Remove the sick leaves, and preferably before June 24. Then the days are even longer and the trees are healthy again after removing the leaves.After June 24, most trees have their reserves for the fall and winter storage, "advises the doctor. Basically, nature regulates many things by itself; Try and enjoy your garden with patience, are the most important principles for successful gardening and healthy plants.

René Wadas also inspects sick box trees

Even sick box trees are inspected by René Wadas. Most of the boxwood is responsible for the brown spots. Algae liming helps

When asked about his most difficult patient, Wadas has to smile a bit. "A desperate man called me and pleaded with me to rescue his 150-year-old bonsai - so I was in trouble and was not sure if I should take care of it," he says.Finally, the "Doctor of Flora" has also helped this patient and made the owner even happier.

Book recommendation: "Hausbesuch bei Pflanzenarzt"

Order at Amazon: "Hausbesuch vom Pflanzenarzt. Tips and tricks for garden and balcony" by René Wadas, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, 156 pages, 10 euros

René Wadas gives an insight into his work in his book. He talks entertainingly about his visits to the various private gardens and the counseling talks. At the same time, he gives useful tips on biological plant protection, which you can also implement yourself in the home garden.

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