View Full Version : Time per pot size to install

06-02-2004, 05:03 PM
I've timed the installation of the various gallon sizes plant are sold in. I've come up with these times for each pot to be planted. What are your's and do these seem accurate?

Size Minutes
Flat 30
Pint 5
#1 12
#3 20
#5 32
#7 40
#15 50
#30 75
B&B 90

Look forward to hearing you guys' times.


06-02-2004, 05:11 PM
I plant a flat of 48 in less than 10 minutes. Any size pot up to 5gal in 10 min. or less. B&B depends on size, but never had one take me an hour and a half.

06-02-2004, 05:47 PM
You have to figure in all of your handling time per pot as well. Pick it up at the nursery -- loading it onto the trailer -- unloading -- carrying it to the planting spot -- etc -- it all adds up. However, I may disagree witht he time difference betweena dn 1 - 3 and 5 gallon pots. Those are all basically the same amount of time -- less than one minute difference really.

Those times sound about right especially if you figure in your time to place, fertilize and water each shrub.

06-02-2004, 06:35 PM
The time for planting includes digging the hole, handling the pots and watering in fully. Pickup time I quote separately.

What are your times for the 1,3,5?

06-02-2004, 08:43 PM
Friday we planted 225 #1 perennials in 5 hours, time in at jobsite and time out with watering. Bustin' a**. This was not a difficult job, though. No tree roots, rocks, no clay etc. Including time to mix 50 bags of soil (40 lbs.) with about 10 cubic feet of peat moss, which my normal planting mix. In poor soil a job like that could have taken twice as long, or more. Oh, and we had to walk about fifty feet to unload the plants.
I used to be able to plant a flat of 48 annuals in under a minute (don't ask how, that was when I was 17, youth gives you some crazy energy). Right now on annuals, I'm running between 10-20 minutes per flat of 48. Depends on if they have drip irrigation in the way, bulb foliage, tree roots, etc. I also have spread soil to topdress the annual beds, which helps get it planted much quicker.
Good thread. I always wondered what everyone else's times were but I was too afraid to ask. I'm young (24) and my brother is 22, so I normally round up on my install times because I know I won't be able to work like this forever.

06-02-2004, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by urbanlandscape

I used to be able to plant a flat of 48 annuals in under a minute (don't ask how, that was when I was 17, youth gives you some crazy energy). Daaaayyum! It takes me more than a minute to get some of them buggers out of the 4 packs! Especially Ageratum that have been in the flats too long.

06-02-2004, 10:32 PM
What I've been doing for quotes for awhile now is coming up with a number for plant material and then calculating my labor rates based off of the numbers above for each size pot. Then add overhead. It's all in a self populating spreadsheet and seems to have taken a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. My quotes have been much more consistent since. Somewhere in toward the middle-higher end of what has been quoted, which is where I want to be. Most of the time, I've been able to get the deal closed. That's why I'm wondering what other peoples times per pot are.

BTW, we planted 340 1 gal. liriope in about 1.5 hours. 2 guys in a prepped bed.

06-03-2004, 12:15 PM
sorry guys, what does B&B stand for?

06-03-2004, 10:04 PM
balled and burlapped.

06-03-2004, 11:47 PM
We just had a good job to figure our time to charge for groundcovers. 2 of us planted 11 flats (32 per flat) 2 1/2" pots in 170 minutes. We are just putting together data for other sizes of pots.

06-03-2004, 11:53 PM
A flat (18) of annuals cost me $9+tax. So I just tell the customer a flat of annuals will be 20+tax installed. I also add on a delivery cost as well, but as far as estimating goes, does that sound about right or a little low?

e.g. 5 flats (4" pots) of annuals installed would cost the customer 108.25. That sound right?

06-04-2004, 07:54 AM
That's right where I charge, but I get mine a little cheaper.

06-04-2004, 09:41 AM
I generally am getting $35/flat installed and bought for $7-8. This depends on site prep as well. If all we need to do is put flowers in the ground, I'll take a little bit off.

Obviously, if they are wanting the premium flowers, the price adjusts.

06-04-2004, 09:43 AM

was that strictly planting time or did that include any prep?

06-05-2004, 09:41 AM
Planted 6 B&B magnolias yesterday in less than an hour. I dug the holes and had helper place and cover the tree. Also planted 30 #1 Liriope, 22 #3 Boxwood in about 90 minutes. There were nothing but overgrown taxus in this area 3 hours earlier, removed 24 taxus inc. stumps in about 2.5 hours @$20/ea.. In all, total time on the job was 10 hours including picking up plants, dumping taxus.

06-06-2004, 11:15 PM
Just a little raking to level.