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Going rate for Flower install?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by l3en007, May 25, 2009.

  1. l3en007

    l3en007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    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
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    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:
  3. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    We charge from $3-4 installed (including initial fertilization) for most 4" annuals.
  4. l3en007

    l3en007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I planted 100 New Guinea Impatiens. 4.5 inch pots. I paid 2.75 a flower. Would you double that price?
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    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 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    $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
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    $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.
  8. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

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

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    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.
  10. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,046

    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..

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