Orange Dragonne® FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for the equipment?

  • When a contract is received, Premier Energy is responsible for transportation, operation, maintenance and fueling of the equipment. The customer is responsible for supplying the water.
  • Call today to find out how we can begin servicing your citrus trees.

How much does the service cost?

  • Cost is determined by the size, variety, level of infection, and grove layout. By treating solid blocks of trees, the cost per tree can be minimized. The average cost of treatment is $6.50-$7.50 per tree. Call today to get an estimate for servicing your citrus trees.

How long does the treatment take?

  • The treatment time varies with the size and density of the tree.
  • The average time for treatment using the 10-foot canopy (PE-C100) is approximately 2 minutes.
  • The average time for the 7-foot canopy (PE-C070) is a little more than 1 minute.

To what temperature do you treat?

  • The target temperature varies with the size and density of the tree.  The temperature inside the canopy is raised to approximately 125 °F and held for approximately 30 seconds.

How long does a full tank of water last before a refill is needed?

  • Generally speaking, the two 400-gallon soft water tanks (800 gallons total) will last 4 hours before needing to be refilled. Tanks are typically refilled in the morning before starting the treatment and filled again during the middle of the day, which allows for full operation until the evening.

What happens to the trees after treatment?

  • Initially, there will be little signs of improvement as the tree requires time to digest the destroyed bacteria and to pass nutrients to the outer reaches of the tree through the newly opened phloem inside the branches. New flush and blossoms begin to develop during the next 2 weeks. Vibrant flush slowly develops as the tree progresses through the growing cycle producing large, healthy fruit for harvest.

How soon will the tree become re-infected?

  • There isn’t sufficient evidence to make a claim on how long the treatment will enhance healthy tree and fruit growth. Research from the University of Florida estimates that the tree could become re-infected in approximately 3 to 5 years.  Inoculation due to the spread of disease carrying psyllids plays a large role in re-infection and depends on the level of management growers reserve for their fields.