Budget Guides

Trying to decide whether to open a nursery and then deciding what ornamental crops to grow and how to grow them are daunting topics. The following tables may answer many of your questions and furnish information about the viability of certain crops, how much land and how much money you will need to get started.

Jeremiah Kichler, a recent graduate of Auburn University's Agricultural Economics program, wrote a thesis addressing these matters. He studied the economics involved in growing three species of trees using three different methods. The trees were dogwood, crapemyrtle and leyland cypress and the three methods were pot-in-pot, in-field and above ground containers.

We have published many of his tables as they are full of important information that you will not find elsewhere.

Crapemyrtle

Initial Capital for 70-Acre Crapemyrtle In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 70-Acre Crapemyrtle In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 70-Acre Crapemyrtle In-Field Nursery

Budget for Year 3 for 70-Acre Crapemyrtle In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Initial Capital for 15 Acre Crapemyrtle Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 15 Acre Crapemyrtle Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 15 Acre Crapemyrtle Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Budget for Year 2 for 15 Acre Crapemyrtle Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Initial Capital for 14-Acre Crapemyrtle Above-Ground Container Nursery, with 10-Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 15-Acre Crapemyrtle Above-Ground Container Nursery, with 10-Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 15-Acre Crapemyrtle Above-Ground Container Nursery, with 10-Acre Production Area

Budget for Year 3 for 15 Acre Crapemyrtle Above-Ground Container Nursery with 10-Acre Production Area

LEYLAND CYPRESS

Initial Capital for 70-Acre Leyland Cypress In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 70-Acre Leyland Cypress In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 1000 Plants for 70-Acre Leyland Cypress In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Labor and Equipment Requirements for 70-Acre Leyland Cypress In-Field Nursery with 69-Acre Production Area

Initial Capital for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Pot-in-Pot with 10 Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 15-Acre Leyland Cypress Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10-Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10-Acre Production Area

Initial Capital for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Above Ground Container Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Annual Fixed Costs for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Above Ground Container Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Variable Cost per 1000 Plants for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Above Ground Container Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

Labor and Equipment Requirements for 15 Acre Leyland Cypress Above Ground Container Nursery with 10 Acre Production Area

DOGWOOD

Budget for Year 2 for 70 Acre Dogwood In-Field Nursery with 69 Acre Production Area

Variable Cost for 15-Acre Dogwood Pot-in-Pot Nursery with 10-Acre Production Area

Budget for Year 3 for 15-Acre Dogwood Above-Ground Container Nursery with 10-Acre Production Area

COMPARISON TABLES

Total and Per Acre Capital Needed to Establish Selected Nursery Systems for Crapemyrtle and Leyland Cypress

Total and Per Acre Fixed Costs Associated with Operating Selected Nursery Production Systems for Crapemyrtle and Leyland Cypress

Annual Fixed Costs on a Per Plant Basis by Container Size for Selected Nursery Production Systems for Crapemyrtle and Leyland Cypress, and A Three Year Production Cycle

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