Poinsettia Economics & Marketing – Table 1

September

 

Date Description Equipment Labor Materials Subtotal
($)
Interest
($)
Total
($)
Hours Costs ($) Quant/Unit Cost/Unit Cost ($)
9/1 Fill pots with potting media; move pots to benches under lights; space pot to pot 30 HP tractor
with bucket
1.25 6.87 7.69 cu. yard 19.00 146.11 152.98 5.35 158.34
cart 6.67 36.67 - - - 36.67 1.28 37.95
- 1000 6″ pots - - - 1000 pots 0.05 45.00 45.00 1.58 46.58
Unoack cuttings; Grade; Pot 1 cutting/6″ pot; Mist foliage/Hand water hand 23.33 128.33 1000 each 0.65 650.00 778.33 27.24 805.57
Apply granular systemic insecticide – Oxamyl hand 2 12.65 3.05 lbs. 6.62 20.19 32.84 1.15 33.99
Drench for disease control sprayer 2.17 11.92 - - - 11.92 0.42 12.33
- Truban - - - 0.23 lb. 24.12 5.65 5.65 0.20 5.85
- Terraclor - - - 0.63 lb. 9.31 5.82 5.82 0.20 6.02
Water in Trench Irrigation System 0.28 1.56 - - - 1.56 0.05 1.61
9/1-14 Water/fertilize as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 14 days 0.25 3.54 14.27 0.50 14.77
Check Daily hand 5 27.50 - - - 27.50 0.96 28.46
Lights out each night Lighting System 0.17 0.92 - - - 0.92 0.03 0.95
9/14 Pinch t 4-6 nodes hand 5.00 27.50 - - - 30.25 1.06 31.31
Move to finish spacing; 14″ centers; insert irrig. tubing cart 13.33 73.33 - - - 73.33 2.57 75.90
9/14-30 Water/fertilize as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 16 days 0.25 4.05 14.78 0.52 15.29
Lights out each night
Check Daily hand 5 27.50 - - - 27.50 0.96 28.46
9/21 Apply growth retardant sprayer 1.17 6.42 - - - 6.42 0.22 6.64
- Cycocel(1:40) - - - 3.33 qt. 50.95 169.66 169.66 5.94 175.60
9/30 Drench for disease control sprayer 2.17 11.92 - - - 11.92 0.42 12.33
- Subdue - - - 0.01 qt. 52.90 0.52 0.52 0.02 0.54
- Terraclor - - - 0.63 lb. 9.31 5.82 5.82 0.20 6.02
Water in Trench Irrigation System 0.28 1.56 - - - 1.56 0.05 1.61

October

 

Date Description Equipment Labor Materials Subtotal
($)
Interest
($)
Total
($)
Hours Costs ($) Quant/Unit Cost/Unit Cost ($)
10/1-12 Test soil pH, soluble salts (25 pot sample) pH meter, soluble salts meter 1.12 6.14 - - - 6.14 0.21 6.36
Water/fertilize as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 12 days 0.25 3.04 13.76 0.48 14.24
Oxamyl hand 2 12.65 3.05 lbs. 6.62 20.19 32.84 1.15 33.99
Check Daily hand 5 27.50 - - - 27.50 0.96 28.46
10/12 Apply growth retardant sprayer 1.17 6.42 - - - 6.42 0.22 6.64
- Cycocel(1:80) Optional (if too tall) - - - 3.33 qt. 50.95 169.66 169.66 5.94 175.60
10/12-30 Water/fertilize as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 18 days 0.25 4.56 15.28 0.53 15.82
Check Daily hand 5 27.50 - - - 27.50 0.96 28.46
10/30 Drench for disease control sprayer 2.17 11.92 - - - 11.92 0.42 12.33
- Truban - - - 0.23 lb. 24.12 5.65 5.65 0.20 5.85
- Terraclor - - - 0.63 lb. 9.31 5.82 5.82 0.20 6.02
Water in Trench Irrigation System 0.28 1.56 - - - 1.56 0.05 1.61

November

 

Date Description Equipment Labor Materials Subtotal
($)
Interest
($)
Total
($)
Hours Costs ($) Quant/Unit Cost/Unit Cost ($)
11/1-30 Water/fertilize as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 130 days 0.25 7.60 18.32 0.64 18.96
Check Daily hand 10 55 - - - 55 1.92 56.93
11/15 Adjust night temperature to accelerate or retard growth
11/31 Apply Exotherm Termil for Botrytis preventative Smoke 1.17 6.42 1.17 cans 2.20 2.57 8.98 0.31 9.30

December & Totals

 

Date Description Equipment Labor Materials Subtotal
($)
Interest
($)
Total
($)
Hours Costs ($) Quant/Unit Cost/Unit Cost ($)
12/1-14 Stop fertilizing to prevent Bractburn
Water as needed Irrigation System 1.95 10.72 - - - 10.72 0.38 11.10
Check Daily hand 5 27.50 - - - 55 1.92 56.93
12/7-14 Sleeve and move to shipping areas as needed cart 6.67 36.67 - - - 36.67 1.28 37.95
sleeves - - 1000 each 0.10 100.00 100.00 3.50 103.50
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Total Variable Costs 120.18 660.99 - - 1375.45 2036.43 71.28 2107.71
Total Variable Cost per Plant 0.12 0.66 - - 1.38 2.04 0.07 2.11
Total Fixed Cost per Plant = $/SQ.Ft. * [(0.038yr. * 0.25 SQ. FT.) +(0.23 yr. * 1.166 SQ.FT.)] 2.56
Total Cost per 6″ Poinsettia 4.67

Estimated labor and equipment requirements and associated variable costs for poinsettias for Christmas season in U.S.D.A. climatic zone 8, Texas, 1992.

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