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503

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  Preparation name Biodynamic 'compost' preparation 503 - Chamomile  
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  General description Chamomile assimilates calcium (in addition to the potassium). [Manure thus treated] is a manure with a more stable nitrogen content and with the added virtue of kindling the life in the Earth so that the Earth itself will have a wonderfully stimulating effect on the plant growth. Above all, you will create more healthy plants - really more healthy - if you manure in this way, than if you do not.  

Effect on plants -

   
Clinical description
Nodulation (29)
Size and appearance (7)
Vegetative growth (7)
Calcium uptake (7)
Frost (262)
 
General Appearance
To take up calcium-503 & 505 evening, 506 morning. (7)
To lift nitrogen-502, 503, 504, 505 evening; 505, 506, 507, 508 morning. (7)
Thus Chamomile, because of the fact that it also contains calcium, is in a position to absorb any excess astrality brought in by yarrow and enables the plant to fulfill its vegetative role. (250)
... greater growth of plants .... and an enhanced cell division .... (250)
 
Roots
503 .... induces higher yields and increased nodulation in beans, peas, and vetch. (29)
Roots of the type induced by low nutrients (vertical, long and slender, uniformity of lenght of first 3 roots) were also induced by 507 and 503. (29)
... [chamomile] .. can also restore order in the root zone of a plant (250)
 
Stem/trunk and bark - capillary system
 
Leaves
For vegetative growth-503, 504 evening, 504, 508 morning. (7)
 
Flowers
chamomile can also be useful as a regulator of flowering and fruiting, where there is the danger that these might be initiated too early. (250)
To take advantage of chamomile's ability to inhibit catabolic processes and thus to halt early flowering, we have made and tested preparations that are designed to prolong the life of cut flowers and green leaves. Remember that plants containing alkaloids all show early flowering processes so Chamomile can be the basis of a remedy against the formation of alkaloids. (250)
... the chamomile preparation acts to block the momentum of the plant to bolt to seed. (250)
 
Generative organs
 
Fruit
BD 506: ... improves size and appearance of fruit if used with BD 503 and horn clay. (7)
To get calcium to fill fruit-503 in evening, followed by 506 in morning. (7)
On September 6, 1993, LA Rotheraine requested some help... he had overdone his applications of BD501 and BD507 which he had used in combination in more than 5 different applications during the growing season. While his fruit set was indeed impressive one serious side effect was that the plant was losing leaves. I suggested he water-in the plants with a strong dose of 504 and 505 in combination... he stirred one unit each of 504 and 505 together for 20 minutes in 6 gallons of water and treated each plant with this generous quantity of medicine. He followed with a second treatment a few days later.... the plants managed sufficient leaf regrowth. A few days later a killing frost his the garden which wiped out the garden except this tomato. We felt obliged to try this ourselves and treated several pairs of plants with the 504/505 potion... we experienced a totally killing frost during the night following the mid-afternoon dosing ... it was quite clearly apparent hat the treated plants withstood the freeze far, far better than the untreated plants ... and the treated plants were still growing quite healthily three weeks after the initial frost despite several additional frosts. (262)
 
Seed
Stir 1 - 2 ml in 3 litres of handwarm rain water vigorously for 5 minutes, leave to stand for 24 hours. Used for legumes, radishes, rape, musturd, tulips, cabbage varieties. Growth is improved and compared to untreated controls these plants prove healthier and give better yields. They are able to cope better with poor weather conditions and develop a stronger and more extensive root system. (42)
 
Notes and Academic Papers
This preparation strengthens the Etheric against the (Astral and Ego). (48)
Four groups of 6 cm sprouts of maize were compared. The first was put into Knop's solution which is 250mg/l of each of magnesium sulphate, potassium phosphate and potassium chlorate, 1000 mg/l calcium nitrate and a trace of iron chlorate. The second was the same minus the calcium nitrate but with an equivalent dose of nitrogen. The third was identical to the second but also contained 100mg/l of 500, 503 and 505 instead of the nitrogen. These latter contribute approximately 2.5 mg of calcium per litre. The final was identical to the third but had no 500. Results; Knop's solution gave 2.9g of shoot, 1.5 g of root. Same minus lime gave 1.1g of shoot, 0.6g of root. same with 500, 503 and 505 gave 5.3g shoot and 3.4g of root. The same minus 500 gave 2.6g shoot and 2.2g root. (57)
If you want calcium and amino acids for cell division, 503. (7)
 

Effect on Soil -

 
Soil characterisation
 
Soil surface
 
Top soil
Chamomile, dissolving any hardened soil that can be considered as blocks for free Life .... the positive effect on the growth of plants is not a direct effect of Chamomile, but the result of chamomile bringing order to the soil. This begins with the activation of living calcium that is able to stabilise nitrogen.... The harmonious soil is highly acceptable to the plant that is then able to grow under these optimum conditions. (250)
What Steiner suggests, in his long-sightedness, is to develop a real 'spiritual earthworm' because he understood that the earthworm would become increasingly rare and there is little choice but to replace it with something that was able to bring the same forces. (250)
 
Drainage
 
Sub soil
 
Notes and Academic Papers
 

Effects on compost and manure -

 

Syndrome

Putrefaction (44)
Ammonia (29)
 
Heap surface
 
Inner heap
It prevents putrefaction (by holding in the life forces). (44)
Abele (1976) showed that chamomoile preparation on its own, while not effecting the total nitrogen content of the material, reduced the ammonia levels. (29)
We can say that chamomile is an enhancer of fertility because, thanks to the action of calcium, it is able to stabilise the nitrogen in the soil. (250)
the well-made preparation is able to stabilise nitrogen in the manure, so that it acquires a strong ability to vivify the Earth that, in turn, can exercise an extraordinarily stimulating effect upon the growth of the plants. (250)
Through the calcium, it stabilises nitrogen in manures, kindling a well-nourished astrality for the farm organism. (294)
 
Leachate
.. it stabilises the nitrogen in the manure (34)
 
Smell
Reduces ammonia smell (44)
 
Notes and Academic Papers
This preparation strengthens the Etheric against the (Astral and Ego). (48)
Four groups of 6 cm sprouts of maize were compared. The first was put into Knop's solution which is 250mg/l of each of magnesium sulphate, potassium phosphate and potassium chlorate, 1000 mg/l calcium nitrate and a trace of iron chlorate. The second was the same minus the calcium nitrate but with an equivalent dose of nitrogen. The third was identical to the second but also contained 100mg/l of 500, 503 and 505 instead of the nitrogen. These latter contribute approximately 2.5 mg of calcium per litre. The final was identical to the third but had no 500. Results; Knop's solution gave 2.9g of shoot, 1.5 g of root. Same minus lime gave 1.1g of shoot, 0.6g of root. same with 500, 503 and 505 gave 5.3g shoot and 3.4g of root. The same minus 500 gave 2.6g shoot and 2.2g root. (57)
If you want calcium and amino acids for cell division, 503. (7)
Promotes a good breakdown of the proteins in the compost to humic plant nutrients, and prevents the protein breaking down to ammonia which would be lost to the atmosphere. (44)
BD 503: Works with digestion, calcium/amino acid complexes and nutrient uptake. Good relationship with zinc (7)
 


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