Tree Saver Injection Formula - Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride (OTC)
The Tree Saver Injection Formula consist of an OTC Antibiotic (39% active ingredient) used to prevent/treat phytoplasma diseases in palms. The formula does not kill the phytoplasma, but it does not allow it to reproduce to levels that are toxic to the tree. One bottle contains enough OTC to treat approximately 30 average size trees. Tree Saver Injection Formula comes as a powder and must be hydrated by the user. This is because OTC begins to degrade when it reacts with water and light. It is best to store in a cool, dark and low humidity environment.
The exclusive providers of OTC Tree Injection Formula and the patented Tree Saver Injection System for the control of Phytoplasma Diseases in Palms including Lethal Yellowing and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline.
Tree Injection Valve (TIV)
The Tree Saver Injection System consist of a patented Valve that is inserted into the palm. The valve acts similar to one on a Basketball or Volleyball. The OTC is able to enter into the tree but not escape. The use of valves is important as they serve 3 vital functions:
1) They seal the drilled hole and keep the antibiotic from seeping out.
2) Injecting into the valve creates pressure in the cavity which helps to get the antibiotic flowing in the palms vascular system.
3) They reduce the opportunity for pathogen entry.
Valves are designed for re-use in most applications.
Syringes and Needles
Syringes are used to express the hydrated OTC Tree Injection Formula through the back of the Valve and into the palm. Two syringes are available based on the volume of injections being made.
The Single Dose Syringe can be cleaned and re-used repeatedly but only makes one injection at a time. The Self-Refilling Syringe is for high volume commercial use. This syringe is capable of making thousands of injections and can be rebuilt.
The stainless steel needles must be used with the syringe. They have an extra thick wall for reduced breakage.
Using the proper size drill bit is important for insuring the Valve seats into the palm with a snug fit. A 9/32" drill bit is the most commonly used bit. Two lengths of drill bits are available in 9/32" sizing. Find out why on the Instructions Page page here.
The valve can be used with 3 different size drill bits to...
- Match the density of the trunk (soft 1/4" bit, average 9/32" bit, hard 5/16" bit)
- Match the pressure of the injection being performed (high pressure 1/4" bit, medium pressure 9/32" bit, low pressure 5/16" bit)
The following is a description of the products used to treat Phytoplasma Disease.
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