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New Guinea Impatiens in 4" Pots
Greenhouse Costs of Production Budget

Table 1. Overhead costs 20,000 sq. ft. double layer, polyethylene greenhouse.
 

  Annual total cost Cost per sq. ft.-week of bench area
Overhead labor & benefits $63,000 $0.079
Utilities    
- Heating fuel (13,420 gal.) 13,420 0.017
- Electricity 1,935 0.002
- Telephone 1,273 0.002
Depreciation 25,000 0.031
Interest 15,000 0.019
Insurance 4,852 0.006
Repairs 12,409 0.015
Property taxes 769 0.001
Advertising 716 0.001
Dues & subscriptions 344 0.000
Travel & entertainment 1,697 0.002
Office expenses 796 0.001
Professional fees 1,000 0.001
Truck expenses & equipment rental 14,000 0.017
Land rental 1,565 0.002
Contributions 400 0.000
Miscellaneous 2,800 0.003
Bad debts 700 0.001
Total $161,675 $0.200
 

 

Table 2. Labor inputs for New Guinea impatiens in 4-inch pots.
 

  Seconds/pot
Transplant plantlet to pot 17.3
Watering & fertilizer application 10.9
Treat for insect control (3 times) 9.8
Treat for disease control (2 times) 2.0
Harvest 23.7
Total seconds 63.6
Total labor cost @ $8/hr. $0.14
 

 

Table 3. Costs of producing New Guinea impatiens in 4-inch pots.
 

  Finished Flat Costs
  Small Medium Large
Variable costs      
Rooted cutting1 $0.42 $0.36 $0.34
Pot 0.07 0.06 0.06
Rooting medium 0.02 0.02 0.01
Labels 0.03 0.03 0.02
Fertilizer 0.02 0.01 0.01
Pesticide & fungicide 0.03 0.03 0.02
Labor 0.14 0.14 0.14
Interest on variable costs 0.03 0.03 0.03
       
Total variable costs $0.76 $0.67 $0.62
Overhead costs2 0.41 0.30 0.29
Loss allocation 0.06 0.05 0.05
Total per pot $1.23 $1.03 $0.96
1. 1 cutting per pot.
2. 6 weeks pot-to-pot, 4 weeks on 7-inch centers.

 

 

Table 4. Costs of producing New Guinea impatiens in 4-inch pots.
 

    Size
Production time Spacing Small Medium Large
         
  pot-to-pot 0.94 0.81 0.76
6 weeks 6-inch centers 1.12 0.94 0.88
(final spacing 7-inch centers 1.23 1.03 0.96
throughout production) 8-inch centers 1.36 1.13 1.05
  10-inch centers 1.68 1.36 1.28
         
  pot-to-pot 0.99 0.85 0.79
8 weeks 6-inch centers 1.05 0.89 0.83
(6 weeks pot-to-pot 7-inch centers 1.09 0.92 0.86
2 weeks at final spacing) 8-inch centers 1.13 0.95 0.89
  10-inch centers 1.24 1.03 0.96
         
  pot-to-pot 1.04 0.88 0.82
10 weeks 6-inch centers 1.15 0.97 0.90
(6 weeks pot-to-pot 7-inch centers 1.23 1.03 0.96
4 weeks at final spacing) 8-inch centers 1.32 1.09 1.02
  10-inch centers 1.53 1.25 1.17
         
  pot-to-pot 1.08 0.92 0.85
12 weeks 6-inch centers 1.26 1.05 0.98
(6 weeks pot-to-pot 7-inch centers 1.37 1.13 1.06
6 weeks at final spacing) 8-inch centers 1.50 1.23 1.15
  10-inch centers 1.82 1.46 1.38
         
  pot-to-pot 1.13 0.93 0.89
14 weeks 6-inch centers 1.36 1.13 1.05
(6 weeks pot-to-pot 7-inch centers 1.52 1.24 1.16
8 weeks at final spacing) 8-inch centers 1.69 1.37 1.29
  10-inch centers 2.11 1.68 1.59
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