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l3en007
05-25-2009, 11:34 AM
Ive been planting alot of flowers and still havent came down with a good science to pricing out flowers....double the price? labor? If you charge labor you dont make squat...im thinking retail plus a dollar or two? Finally this is something where somebody cant say it "DEPENDS". This is pretty plain and simple right to the point. You buy the flowers and plant them. I do with my awesome augur:laugh:. Anybody want to tell me what I should be getting? Thanks

White Gardens
05-25-2009, 01:04 PM
I double my plant prices on smaller annuals up to geraniums.

I add 25% - 50% to any materials, such as pots, soil, dishes, fert, etc.....

Then, If my efficiency is awesome, such as your case in using a good power tool, then you could charge up to $70.00 to $100 an hour. If you go slower,you might want to charge less so your not ripping your customers off.

But you also need to make sure your awesome at what you do for annuals and mass plantings to be able to charge accordingly. I have three clients that I do annuals for, and it took me 3 years to be able to charge more for my time.

O.K. so I guess my post turned into "It all depends". :hammerhead:

CALandscapes
05-25-2009, 02:07 PM
We charge from $3-4 installed (including initial fertilization) for most 4" annuals.

l3en007
05-25-2009, 02:24 PM
I planted 100 New Guinea Impatiens. 4.5 inch pots. I paid 2.75 a flower. Would you double that price?

White Gardens
05-25-2009, 06:56 PM
I planted 100 New Guinea Impatiens. 4.5 inch pots. I paid 2.75 a flower. Would you double that price?

At that price, I would probably use my 25%-50% rule on markup. If I were getting 6 packs for $2.50 a pack, then I would double.

IRRITECH
05-25-2009, 07:33 PM
$45/ flat 4" pots 18/flat. we pay anywhere from $15 - $25 /flat depending on what it is. People around here expect a flat rate / flat

EagleLandscape
05-27-2009, 01:06 PM
$1.15 - $1.35 installed price per a 4" pot. Granted... We have to plant a minimum of around 1000 or so to get that pricing. Most of our communities get 2000-3500 per change out. Anything under that is double what we pay, and add on labor at our labor rate per hour.

CALandscapes
05-28-2009, 09:24 AM
$1.15 - $1.35 installed price per a 4" pot. Granted... We have to plant a minimum of around 1000 or so to get that pricing. Most of our communities get 2000-3500 per change out. Anything under that is double what we pay, and add on labor at our labor rate per hour.

What are you paying per plant to install at such a low cost?

IRRITECH
05-28-2009, 08:13 PM
What are you paying per plant to install at such a low cost?

He is planting 1000's of flowers. When you get to that level your price/flat is Loooooow. Flowers are meant to be a money maker so charge the most you can.

wildstarblazer
05-28-2009, 10:15 PM
I was always taught to double what the wholesale price would be and only add extra labor if it is difficult digging etc..

I have been doing this for so many years you would think I would have plan down but I don't.

Some services just charge labor per hour and retail cost of plants.
I guess as long as you make a profit your doing OK.Ofcourse we all want to make as much money
as we can but you have to be in line with your areas affordability. In other words what your customers are willing to pay and can afford to pay.

Around here it is not a lot..

wildstarblazer
05-28-2009, 10:25 PM
So if the wholesale price is 1.75 per plant.
double is 3.50 times 100 plants equals $350 . $75 profit.
Should be able to plant a hundred impatiens within one hour. No?

CALandscapes
05-28-2009, 10:45 PM
He is planting 1000's of flowers. When you get to that level your price/flat is Loooooow. Flowers are meant to be a money maker so charge the most you can.

We plant thousands as well, but don't get our material nearly cheap enough to touch a price like that. However, maybe we're just expensive :cool2:

yamadooski
05-29-2009, 07:25 AM
So if the wholesale price is 1.75 per plant.
double is 3.50 times 100 plants equals $350 . $75 profit.
Should be able to plant a hundred impatiens within one hour. No?


NO... That is 175 profit. Now take out your time and fuel to actually pick up the materials and clean up and the time to drive and clean after the job and now you are down to 75 profit. Now take the time of the actual job and divide into 75 and that is what you made per hour.

If I dont make over 150 per doing landscaping its not worth the time and the headaches. I would rather sit on mower all day and be stress free.

EagleLandscape
05-29-2009, 07:53 AM
$1.15 - $1.35 installed price per a 4" pot. Granted... We have to plant a minimum of around 1000 or so to get that pricing. Most of our communities get 2000-3500 per change out. Anything under that is double what we pay, and add on labor at our labor rate per hour.

45 cents a pot. Literally, we can install 2000+ flowers with 3 guys before noon, and rip out the old ones. thats 1000 profit before lunch time with 3 guys.
Gotta find a way to be quick and faster, or you'll never make any money.

On our larger installs we get the flowers delivered directly to the shop and stage all seasonal color changes for about a week. we will load them on a truck the night before, that way we can hit the ground rolling the next morning at 6:15am to beat the traffic.