Combined Patents (Class 47/66.6)
  • Patent number: 9051085
    Abstract: A container for dispensing a pourable composition and an air freshener, the container comprising: a container body for the pourable composition, and an air freshening unit attached or attachable to a lower periphery of the container body, and comprising a housing and a closure. The closure closes an aperture in the housing through which the air freshener is loadable into the air freshener unit and thereby retains the air freshener in the air freshener unit, and the closure and the air freshener housing are mutually engageable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Property Development Corporation Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Philip Craig Withers
  • Publication number: 20150107154
    Abstract: An assembly for cultivating plants (17,18), in particular crops. Also, components of said assembly. The assembly comprises a fixedly disposed upright (5) which forms a suspension for a light source (6), and a cart (7) with a carrier (12) which is displaceable from and close to or even against the upright (5), and a container (13) for placing on or at the carrier (12) for the purpose of accommodating at least one plant (17,18). At least one of the upright (5), the light source (6), the cart (7), the carrier (12) and the container (13) may comprise a reflector and/or a light diffuser. Also, a heater with which disinfection is possible, preferably in a closed environment such as a cabin (1). Further, shaping of the upright (5) and the cart (7) for the most compact possible mutual engagement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Cornelis Frans Taco Visser
  • Patent number: 9003699
    Abstract: A cover for a plant-growing medium comprises a main cover portion, a peripheral base spaced from the main cover portion and defining an outer perimeter of the cover, and a peripheral wall extending from a first side of the main cover portion between the main cover portion and the peripheral base. One or more plant growth channels are defined by one or more tubes extending from the first side of the main cover portion. Each tube has a proximal end adjacent the main cover portion and a distal end relative to the proximal end, with a first aperture defined in the main cover portion at the proximal end of the tube and a second aperture defined at the distal end of the tube. The first aperture and the second aperture communicate through the tube to define each plant growth channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Enviro-Tex Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Barrie Ogilvie
  • Patent number: 9003700
    Abstract: A central housing in a generally rectilinear configuration. The central housing has a horizontal open top, a horizontal open bottom and side walls. A horizontal lower divider panel is between the top and the bottom. Lateral openings in the housing are located in the lower section of the upstanding side walls adjacent to the bottom extent. A plurality of interchangeable upper components is chosen from the class including a cover having seat and table top on the top and bottom of the planar surfaces, an ice chest a large planter, an upper horizontal divider panel and an ice chest. The upper components are adapted to be selectively positioned on the open top and depend into the upper component. A plurality of lower components is chosen from the class including doors and casters. A lateral opening is formed in the housing adjacent to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Patent number: 8984806
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus to simplify an air supply path without damaging the merit of conventional culture apparatus. The apparatus is a culture apparatus which includes a row of a plurality of box-shaped containers for plant cultivation, and a row of lower stage containers arranged in the lower portion of the row, holding the upper stage container spaced as high as the height after growth of the plants to be cultivated. In each container, a support, a blocking film stretched between front and rear, right and left supports of the container are provided. In the one end of the rows of the containers, an air conditioner is arranged, and in another end, a turnaround chamber is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Hisakazu Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 8973302
    Abstract: The invention claim is a garden tool to assist in the removal of planting medium and plant from a planting container. The garden tool comprises a handle having a first end and a second end, a base, and a planting container. The handle and the base are connected forming a L-shape body. The base is placed inside the planting container, and the handle extends above the top of the planting container. The connection between the handle and base may be reinforced by an angle brace. The connection between the handle and base may be hinged. If the connection is hinged, the angle brace prevents the hinge movement. Located on one end of the angle brace is a hook, that connects to the base. In addition, the base has weeping holes to allow the drainage of water. The base also has raised ridges to contain the growing medium when removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Nongphangaa Boonyarit Jensen
  • Publication number: 20150059243
    Abstract: An assembly for growing plants which includes a frame with a pair of laterally spaced apart frame members, and each the frame member has a main housing to be located above a surface; a longitudinally extending main shaft which extends between the main housings, and the main shaft defines a longitudinal axis about which the main shaft can rotate; an end plate positionable adjacent each the main housing and securable to the main shaft so as to rotate about the axis; and each the end plate has at least two arms; a distal end of each the arm has an arm housing for supporting an arm shaft extending laterally between corresponding arms of corresponding end plates; and a cradle for growing plants which is securable to the arm shaft and movable about the main shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Trans-World Food PTY Limited
    Inventor: Stanley Parker
  • Publication number: 20150047258
    Abstract: A planter reservoir and planter system which is easily converted for different planting environments. The planter reservoir is divided by a permeable partition into different areas. The lower area contains a canal with perforated walls. Multiple openings in the reservoir allow the users options to control liquids. The reservoir may be assembled into a planter system. where two reservoirs are connect by a mounting tray, clip, and handle forming an array. An upper array is supported above the lower array by several support bars. Accessory mounts are located on both the reservoirs and mounting trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Lewis, Phillip Dietz
  • Patent number: 8950111
    Abstract: There are provided a device for fixing biomass-based solar heat and carbon dioxide gas with a similarity to containerized culture having high crop productivity, which is capable of fixing carbon dioxide gas highly efficiently, while being compact and easily managed, and a house equipped with the fixing device having an energy circulation system. The fixing device for biomass-based solar heat and carbon dioxide gas is configured to include an air intake unit which takes air into a box, a mesh-like air and water flow-through unit laid in the bottom of the box that is configured to be open to the atmosphere, a water reservoir tray on which the box is mounted, and cultivation soil which is held inside the box. Further, in the house relating to the present invention, the fixing device for biomass-based solar heat and carbon dioxide gas is arranged in an area that gets a lot of sunshine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Plus Kaken Innovate Labo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasumasa Soejima
  • Patent number: 8943657
    Abstract: A flower pot and urn put together to make it possible to display a pet or loved one's cremated remains in a way like never before is generally provided. In a typical embodiment, a flower pot and urn are molded closely together so plants or flowers can drape around the urn. The pot and urn may be set on a mantel or table depending on the size or, for larger sizes, put in any room in a house. An embodiment of the present invention presents a combination flower pot and urn on a base that acts as a drip pan for the flower pot and a stand for the urn to keep it up out of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Mark L Perry, Catherine Perry
  • Publication number: 20150000191
    Abstract: A cultivation system moves containers between a growing area and a monitoring area. The containers hold cultivation beds for cultivating plants, and the cultivation system includes: a grow light emitting unit emitting grow light for growing the cultivated plants in the containers located in the growing area; an imaging unit capturing the cultivated plants in the containers located in the monitoring area; and a control unit causing the grow light emitting unit to stop emitting the grow light when the imaging unit captures the plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Panasonic Corproation
    Inventors: Ryuji Nagadome, Hiroshi Haji
  • Publication number: 20150000190
    Abstract: A controlled environment agricultural system having a self-regulating grow module that automatically waters the plant without over-watering or under-watering. The system may further comprise a self-regulating lift mechanism with an optic sensor, the lift mechanism capable of raising, lowering, and rotating each grow module independently of any other grow module, to monitor and provide individual attention to individual plants within a crop in order to maximize growth and plant yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Gibbons
  • Patent number: 8919041
    Abstract: A grow light support system for use with a raised border system includes components for forming a tension cord network that is suspended over the raised bed border system and includes a grow light unit that is suspended on the tension cord network. The grow light unit is configured such that the grow light can be positioned and locked in place at a predetermined location of the tension cord network and is configured such that the distance between the grow light and the tension cord network can be varied, thereby changing the height at which the grow light is positioned relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vegherb, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Topping
  • Publication number: 20140345196
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for repelling flying insects. In particular, the present apparatus and method is effective at repelling mosquitoes via the mechanical movement of air in a space that is subject to mosquito presence. The mechanical movement of air is achieved via the utilization of a centrifugal fan system contained in the disclosed apparatus. The present apparatus also comprises a compartment suitable for containing a substrate that may be utilized as a habitat for plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Lancaster Outdoor Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Allen Lancaster, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140338259
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container for propagating growth of seedlings, having a main body comprising a base, a central wall extending vertically from the base. A first wall section and a second wall section are arranged to the main body. The first wall section and the second wall section are hingeably connected to the main body. The base, the central wall, the wall sections forms in the closed condition at least two cells being open at top. The base comprises a sup-porting structure at the lower part of the main body, wherein the main body is provided with supporting means for holding an irrigation mat. The present invention also relates to a tray designed for receive and carry one or more of said containers, a greenhouse including the tray and one or more of the mentioned containers, and a method for propagating growth of seedlings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nelson Garden AB
    Inventors: Torsten NILSSON, Ulf FRANSSON
  • Publication number: 20140325906
    Abstract: A structure (20) for growing plants comprises an array (22) of containers (24), for example intermodal shipping containers, each having a floor (28) and an open end (30), and being arranged in a plurality of stacked rows (32), each row comprising a plurality of containers. The array defines a space (34) bounded on its sides by the open ends of the containers. Each container holds a plant-growing apparatus (26) of the type having a plurality of rotatable plant-growing modules (52) in which plants grow radially inwardly toward a light source (56) inside the module. The structure (20) includes means (58, 60) for moving the modules along a path within each container and means (74) for removing the modules from the containers and for placing the modules into the containers. The array of containers and the bounded space are covered by a flexible fabric (50) or rigid dome (48).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Marchildon
  • Publication number: 20140318012
    Abstract: A plant growing device 1 is provided with a ventilation unit 6 including an intake unit 61 for taking the air into a growing chamber R and an exhaust unit 62 for exhausting the air from the growing chamber R. The ventilation unit 6 operates in either an intake/exhaust mode for taking the air into and exhausting the air from the growing chamber R or a circulation mode in which the air is circulated in the growing chamber R. By switching between these two modes, CO2 is taken into the growing chamber R and gas concentration, a temperature, and a humidity in the growing chamber R become uniform, leading to an improvement of the growing efficiency of plants P.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Hiromitsu FUJIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20140283448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular structure for provision of a raised garden planter bed. The structure includes at least first and second receptacles adapted to be juxtaposed and connecting means adapted to bind the juxtaposed receptacles together. The present invention also relates to a kit of parts and a method for building the modular structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Vegepod Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Matthew Harris
  • Patent number: 8839555
    Abstract: An integrated environmental sustaining apparatus for maintaining a terrarium is adapted to simultaneously regulate temperature and deliver water droplets. The apparatus includes three major systems; a thermoelectric device, a water droplet delivery system, and a thermostat. The thermoelectric device is used to release heat or absorb heat. The water droplet delivery system includes a water pump, a water pipe and at least one water droplet dispersing device connected to the water pipe. A section of the water pipe is coupled to the thermoelectric device such that water flowing inside the water pipe will thermally communicate with the thermoelectric device. The thermostat is used to power on or off the thermoelectric device and the water pump in response to the temperature measurement inside the terrarium in relation to a predetermined temperature range determined by a low-temperature setting and a high temperature setting that can be programmed into the thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Neil Shumeng Wang
  • Publication number: 20140259916
    Abstract: An agriculture production system includes a plurality of plant housings interconnected by conduit portions of a conduit assembly. Each plant housing has an upper housing portion that supports a plant in a growing media therein and a lower housing portion defining a chamber cavity below the upper housing portion so that roots of the plant extend into the chamber, said conduit portions fluidly interconnecting the chambers of the plant housings. A conditioned air unit is coupled to the conduit assembly and conditions air that flows through the conduit assembly into the chambers of the plant housings. A water supply assembly has a plurality of irrigation units, each associated with one of the plant housings and delivering water to the plant housing from a water supply source. The plant housings are arranged in a circuit allowing conditioned air to flow through the chambers of the plant housings to control a temperature and/or humidity in said chambers to promote root development and plant growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: INOAG, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Daniel Janney
  • Publication number: 20140196365
    Abstract: A plant pot and support structure for supporting a plant growing in the pot including the plant pot, at least one pillar connected to the plant pot, and at least one mesh supported by and connected to the pillar. The plant grows upwardly through, and is supported by, the mesh. The pillars are connected to and supported by the plant pot. The mesh is suspended in a horizontal plane allowing the plant to grow up and through the openings in the mesh, which in turn provides support to the plant. In doing so, the plant does not need to divert its growth resources toward strengthening its stalk and can maximize its fruit or flowering yield. In another embodiment, there is disclosed a plant pot having a sidewall that includes at least one bore extending downwardly along the sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Al Michael Washington
  • Patent number: 8726570
    Abstract: The flowerpot doily-supporting accessory includes a cross brace and a plurality of leg supports that extend downwardly therefrom. The cross brace is a curved bar that enables a doily to be draped thereon in order to form an assembly. The leg supports include at least one leg located on opposing sides of the cross brace which extend downwardly and include a pointed in for insertion into potting soil or a pumpkin. The assembly is adorned along a front surface of the flowerpot in order to provide a decoration thereon, and may alternatively be employed along a front surface of a pumpkin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew D. Heintz, Sharon K. Heintz
  • Publication number: 20140115959
    Abstract: A device for growing plants on a substantially vertical surface includes a carrier and a flexible curtain wall substrate suspended from a track of the carrier. The curtain defines an array of pockets for receiving the plants to be grown and a growing medium, each of the pockets having an opening proximate a top end thereof. A water irrigation system is integrated into the flexible curtain and includes a water emitter for each of the pockets, the water irrigation system being one of connected to and connectable to a water supply. A control system includes moisture sensors connected in each respective pocket. The control system is adapted to activate the water emitters of the pockets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Mary Ellen CARROLL, Kevin Topek, Carlisle Vandervoort
  • Publication number: 20140083004
    Abstract: A wall mounted agricultural system that includes a mounting structure including a first end and a second end and supported from a substantially vertically extending wall surface, and at least one planter box that includes a plurality of sidewalls and a bottom wall that cooperate to form a compartment adapted to receive plant matter therein and an upwardly opening aperture adapted to receive a fluid therethrough, wherein at least one of the side walls comprises a rear wall facing the wall surface, the at least one planter box is adapted to mount to the mounting structure such that the rear wall is spaced from the wall surface to create a space therebetween, and wherein the at least one planter box includes an aperture in fluid communication with the compartment and the space positioned between the rear wall and the wall surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HORTECH, INC.
    Inventor: David S. Mackenzie
  • Publication number: 20140083006
    Abstract: The present invention comprises (a) a substantially pot-shaped element, (b) an extensible or insertable handle which is also a retractable or removable handle located at or near the interior or inner side wall of said pot-shaped element, (c) a protective cover for protecting the handle or the location of such handle, and, optionally, (d) at least one rolling means or wheel assembly. Preferably, the protective cover of the present invention is a removable and replaceable cover which is placed over the extensible and retractable handle to prevent contamination of the location of the handle and its parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Gary L. Loser
  • Publication number: 20140083005
    Abstract: An improved portable support bench frame is disclosed. The support bench frame disclosed herein provides for portability while simultaneously sustaining large weight loads on the bench. The support bench frame is also vertically adjustable to provide advantages during certain uses and to also lower the bench's center of gravity when needed. The lightweight nature of the frame makes it easier to transport and disassemble, while the modular nature of the apparatus allows components to be easily added or removed. The portable bench frame disclosed herein may be used in any field where a supporting frame might be necessary such as building, design, architecture, models, horticulture, or presentations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Collins
  • Patent number: 8671617
    Abstract: A continuous loop plant growing system includes a channel having a moving floor, a growing medium contained in the channel, at least one plant, at least one light, and at least one chopper. The moving floor transports the growing medium around a continuous loop dividable into a planting zone, a growing zone, a harvesting zone, and a decomposing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: James B. Prohaska
  • Publication number: 20140069007
    Abstract: A plant growth facilitating apparatus, for receiving and growing a plant, includes an accommodating body and a light emitting unit. The accommodating body defines an accommodating space for receiving the plant. The light emitting unit has a first LED set for emitting a red light in increasing the growth speed of the plant and a second LED set for emitting a blue light in promoting the photosynthesis of the plant. The wavelength range of the red light is 620-760 nanometer, and the wavelength range of the blue light is 360-480 nanometer. The light emitting unit is used for emitting light toward the accommodating space of the accommodating body, and the longest path of the light from the light emitting unit to the accommodating body is smaller than 1 meter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: CASHIDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: SHIH-CHANG CHEN, CHUN-LUNG CHIU, YUAN-PENG LEE, PO-HUNG LAI, YI-ZHENG LU
  • Patent number: 8661730
    Abstract: The present invention provides a versatile flower container includes a base, a top cover, a carrying container placing on the top of top cover and a sensing device placing in the base, the carrying container has a concave space can be used to accommodate the sponge, floral and water, the sensing device includes an electronic control panel, two humidity detection rod, a number of lamps and speakers, the two humidity detection rods are through the top cover and inserting into the sponge in the concave space, thereby they can detect the humidity values of the sponge, the lamps and the speaker can be activated to produce light and sound and then generate warning effect when the humidity values are not enough in the carrying container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Hsin-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20140041297
    Abstract: A garden pot assembly comprising a pot having an open upper end and a separator tray snap-fitted into the open upper end of the pot. The separator tray has a plurality of spaced-apart plant pot receiving openings formed therein each of which are adapted to receive and support a plant pot therein. The bottom of the pot has a unique structure including a central hub and a plurality of radially extending stand-offs extending outwardly therefrom to the periphery of the bottom wall. The pot or container may be circular, oval, rectangular or square in shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Guy D. Miel, Jason R. Bagby, John E. Djafroodi
  • Publication number: 20140041298
    Abstract: A planter tray carriage includes a plurality of planter trays affixed to the carriage. The planter tray carriage can be operable in a plurality of states, wherein the states enable selective upright storage of the carriage or deployment of the carriage and the associated trays. The carriage includes the plurality of planter trays attached to the carriage such that the trays remain upright in each of the plurality of states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: David Mack
  • Publication number: 20140041291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a growth container (1) comprising: a receptacle (2) with a bottom part (3) having a plant receiving area (4), and a light source (6) for providing light to the plant receiving area (4). In order to obtain conditions optimal for growth, the light source (6) is elongated and arranged centrally in the plant receiving area (4) for being surrounded by plants (5) in the plant receiving area, and for producing light (18) to the growth container (1) at a plurality of different heights (h) above the bottom part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jouni Salojärvi, Mika Sokka, Petteri Masalin
  • Publication number: 20140044892
    Abstract: A display unit including a flowerpot or the like having a plant arrangement therein and a simulated flying insect which is rotated around the flowerpot or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: MATTHEW S. GLENN
  • Patent number: 8646205
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fabricated landscape architecture system that can simply form landscape architecture of a wall surface or the like. The fabricated landscape architecture system, includes a plurality of support plates (60), a plurality of cultivation boxes (10) and water supply pipes (30). The plurality of support plates (60) are arranged in one or more lines in a vertical or horizontal direction and include a plurality of fastening holes and pipe grooves (13). The plurality of cultivation boxes (10) are formed in the shape of a box of which one surface is open. A plurality of fastening protrusion (25) to be inserted into the fastening holes, pipe grooves (13) positioned so as to face the pipe grooves (13) of the support plates (60) and the assembly holes are formed on the bottom of the cultivation box (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Heung-Yeul Cho
  • Publication number: 20140020292
    Abstract: A system and method for generating high-yield plant production is disclosed. The system includes a container, a growing station, and a monitoring system. The growing station includes vertical racks, a lighting system, an irrigation system, a climate control system, and a ventilation system. The monitoring system monitors all of the systems in the growing station, as well as the environment within the container, to provide real-time data and alerts to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Brad MCNAMARA, Jon FRIEDMAN
  • Publication number: 20140020293
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of the present invention relate to devices, methods, and kits for use in horticultural containers. In accordance with some embodiments, a horticultural device comprising a base and a supporting plate may advantageously reduce the amount of soil required for potting. Aspects and embodiments of the present invention may facilitate potting and may reduce plant maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph A. Raffaele
  • Publication number: 20130340335
    Abstract: A universal luminous flower pot base is disclosed, which comprises a base body, a luminous component and a power supply, wherein a flower pot tray and a luminous component mounting groove are arranged on the base body, the luminous component is mounted in the luminous component mounting groove of the base body, and the power supply is mounted on the base body and electrically connected with the luminous component. The flower pot base not only can obtain the positive effect of a luminous flower pot, but is also convenient for replacement and maintenance owing to strong universality, thus the flower pot base is applicable for wide use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: MENQ-FONG SHIEH
  • Publication number: 20130333286
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide systems and methods for a vertical planter. Systems and methods according to various aspects of the present invention may comprise a planter system configured for growing plants in horizontal rows wherein each row is arranged vertically with respect to each other row. The planter system may comprise a planter container, a container support, and a vertical support. The vertical support may be coupled to a structure. The container support may be coupled to the vertical support and configured to support the weight and form of the planter container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Alex E. Billingsley
  • Publication number: 20130318872
    Abstract: A plant pot assembly comprises a first pot for a plant in growing medium, a second pot coupled to it for forming a liquid reservoir, and a wick between the liquid reservoir and the first pot for transporting liquid from the liquid reservoir into the first pot. The liquid reservoir has a filling opening at or near the upper side of the assembly and wherein the first pot is received in the second pot with a close fit so that the liquid reservoir is situated substantially below the first pot. The wick extends between the first and second pots and protrudes near an upper edge of the first pot into the first pot, and extends in it. The first pot is substantially watertight and the assembly is arranged to prevent liquid transport between the reservoir and the growing medium via another route than the wick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Patentstar B.V.
    Inventor: Bart van der Starre
  • Patent number: 8590207
    Abstract: A solar gardening system includes a cultivation box; an LED lamp assembly for illuminating the cultivation box; and a power source including a photovoltaic system including a plurality of solar modules electrically connected together, a controller electrically connected to the solar modules, and a rechargeable battery electrically connected to the controller wherein the controller is configured to cause the rechargeable battery to supply electricity to the LED lamp assembly. The LED lamp as light source for plant growth can save energy and prolong lifecycle. Further, the LED lamp can emit monochrome with narrow wavelength. Moreover, the number of LED lamps can be increased or decreased depending on growth seasons so as to provide sufficient illumination to plants being grown. Thus, plants can be well grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiao-Ling Shih
  • Publication number: 20130305605
    Abstract: An integrated environmental sustaining apparatus for maintaining a terrarium is adapted to simultaneously regulate temperature and deliver water droplets. The apparatus includes three major systems; a thermoelectric device, a water droplet delivery system, and a thermostat. The thermoelectric device is used to release heat or absorb heat. The water droplet delivery system includes a water pump, a water pipe and at least one water droplet dispersing device connected to the water pipe. A section of the water pipe is coupled to the thermoelectric device such that water flowing inside the water pipe will thermally communicate with the thermoelectric device. The thermostat is used to power on or off the thermoelectric device and the water pump in response to the temperature measurement inside the terrarium in relation to a predetermined temperature range determined by a low-temperature setting and a high temperature setting that can be programmed into the thermostat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Neil Shumeng Wang
  • Publication number: 20130305606
    Abstract: A container (and method of making it) for sensing and displaying the growing condition of a growing plant in a medium (such as soil) including a first indicator (preferably a colored indicator) that the growing medium is too moist, a second indicator (preferably of a different color) indicating that the growing medium is too dry and an optional indicator regarding the condition of a power supply which powers the sensing and indicating. The indicating circuits are designed for a longer useful life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Johnathan Everrett Lonsdale
  • Publication number: 20130305601
    Abstract: The plant cultivation system includes: a circulatory system including axises installed in a corresponding portion of a frame installed in a cultivation room; chain gear axis-installed in the axises respectively; a left and a right chains; and a deduction motor connected and installed onto any axis of the axises; cultivating pot members including a can body, and a hook plate, fixed to left and right ends of the upper surface of the can body; and for moving and circulating in the inner space of the cultivation room by rotatably installing as hanging between the left and a right chains by the left and right hook axises and the hook plate; a medicinal fluid supplier; and an air blower, installed in the cultivation room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Young Hwan PARK
  • Publication number: 20130298461
    Abstract: A solar gardening system includes a cultivation box; an LED lamp assembly for illuminating the cultivation box; and a power source including a photovoltaic system including a plurality of solar modules electrically connected together, a controller electrically connected to the solar modules, and a rechargeable battery electrically connected to the controller wherein the controller is configured to cause the rechargeable battery to supply electricity to the LED lamp assembly. The LED lamp as light source for plant growth can save energy and prolong lifecycle. Further, the LED lamp can emit monochrome with narrow wavelength. Moreover, the number of LED lamps can be increased or decreased depending on growth seasons so as to provide sufficient illumination to plants being grown. Thus, plants can be well grown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiao-Ling Shih
  • Patent number: 8528251
    Abstract: The present device for oxygen enrichment of a soil generally comprises the perforated vertical tubular means pivotable in the vertical portion of the tubular connecting means, thereby providing by the soil loosening means a loosening of the sub-surface soil at the plant's rootzone. Also, the improved device includes the perforated horizontal tubular means, coupled with the vertical tubular means via tubular connecting means, which comprises the slots for unobstructed movements along the appropriate slots of the extended ends of the lower soil loosening means, and the handle means rigidly connected to the upper end of the vertical tubular means and intended for rotation of the vertical tubular means in the vertical portion of the tubular connecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Armen Karapetyan
  • Publication number: 20130227883
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for providing increased light to plants including a bottom panel including tiles, side panels coupled substantially perpendicular to the bottom panel at a first edge of the bottom panel and providing a first reflector to redirect light, end panels coupled substantially perpendicular to the bottom panel at a second edge of the bottom panel and substantially orthogonal to some of the side panels and providing a second reflector to redirect light, a container configured to house the plants being supported by the bottom panel and providing a third reflector to redirect light, and light sources producing light beneficial to the plants, the light incident upon the bottom panel, the side panels, the end panels, and the container, the bottom panel, side panels, ends panels, and container each reflecting a portion of the incident light is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Pacilio D. Vassallo
  • Publication number: 20130227884
    Abstract: Disclosed is a port for a vertical wall, a multi-filter used therein, and a port support frame. In the port a cover is installed in a port body having an interior space. A plurality of body filter holes penetrate the port body. Soil in which plants are set is filled in the interior space. A plurality of vegetation holes through which the plants set in the soil are formed in the cover, and cover filter holes are formed between the vegetation holes at locations corresponding to the body filter holes. Multi-filters penetrate the body filter holes, the cover filter holes, and the soil. A support tubular body forms an outer appearance of the multi-filter, and a filtering case is installed in the support tubular body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Green Infra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul Hong Park, Jae Hong Kim, Young Hwan Yun, Sang Min Kim
  • Publication number: 20130227882
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for easy removal of potted and trained plants from a plant container. The apparatus includes an elongated support member configured to assist plant training, and an elliptical-shaped support base connected to the elongated support member and configured to removably support a plant. Embodiments of the apparatus include support arms asymmetrically disposed on the elongated support member to upwardly support a plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Thompson, Donald L. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130219788
    Abstract: A vertical gardening system includes at least one sheet of geosynthetic material hung generally vertically, and forming vertical channels extending top to bottom of the sheet on a rear side and including a plurality of small upwardly-open individual pockets on a front side and growing medium on both sides of the at least one sheet and located in both the channels and the pockets. A related method includes providing a portable stand and supporting on the stand a sheet with vertical channels and pockets as defined above, growing plants in the pockets with their roots extending into the channels, and moving the stand to promote plant growth, including one of moving the stand to orient the plants toward sunlight during daylight, or moving the stand between a first location of optimal sunlight and a second location of optimal protection against freezing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph P. VanLente
  • Publication number: 20130212942
    Abstract: A plant feeding assembly comprising of at least two sub assemblies, one a reservoir (23) which feeds liquid to liquid transfer material (18) held by a metering plate (15) in group positions which conform to a feed pattern, the groups are represented by radial symbols (19), second is a plant pot (13) holding liquid transfer material in its base which transfers liquid from the outside to the inside of the pot (13), the transfer positions are collectively identified by an indicator, and concur with the feed pattern held by the metering plate (15). When a large volume of liquid is required for extended periods, a sleeve (14) having an inlet orifice (22) is placed in a container of liquid (23), the flow of liquid into the sleeve (14) is controlled by a float valve, and the reservoir created feeds liquid transfer material (18) held by a metering plate (15) which in turn supports the plant pot which nestles within the sleeve (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Norman Plummer