Hanging Support Patents (Class 47/67)
  • Patent number: 9363952
    Abstract: Provided is a hangable container including a shell with a bottom portion and a top rim spaced from the bottom portion, the shell having an inner and an outer surface and defining a basin of the container. The container also including a hollow stem extending from the inner surface of the shell and having a first end associated with the bottom portion and a second, free end, remote from the bottom portion formed with an articulation member; and a catch provided at an inner portion of the hollow stem adjacent the first end, the catch being configured for engagement with an articulation member of a corresponding container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: KETER PLASTIC LTD.
    Inventors: Zvi Zak, Reut Itzhak-Sigron, Alon Blumenzweig, Ron Eyal, Ayala Bougay, Nathalie Toledan-Oved
  • Patent number: 9149006
    Abstract: A modular planter assembly having plural U-shaped planting containers including plural male open ends, drain holes in a bottom portion thereof and an underneath male drain channel, plural connectors having U-shaped cavities at each end and an underneath drain cavity with seal means disposed therein. The male open ends are secured within the U-shaped cavities and the drain channels are secured within the drain cavity of the connectors. Plural U-shaped end caps having U-shaped cavities with an underneath drain cavity with seal members disposed therein. Opposite male ends are secured within the end cap cavities and the male drain channel is secured within the drain cavity of the end caps forming a single planter assembly with a continuous drain channel to a drain adapter in the end caps to release excess water there from. Plural U-shaped brackets disposed about the containers to support and attach to an elevated wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Albert J. Pope
  • Publication number: 20150096227
    Abstract: Wire pot hangers are presented including: a wire form including a number of bends, a planar base portion sized and formed to support a pot, a lateral portion extending inwardly from the planar base portion to a centered balance point of the planar base portion, a vertical portion extending upwardly from the lateral portion, the vertical portion configured for extending through a central hole of the pot, and a hook portion formed along an upper end of the vertical portion, the hook portion sized to pass through the central hole of the pot. In some embodiments, the hook portion includes: a hook extending through an arc having a radius; a hook extension extending from the hook toward the planar base portion, where the hook extension is offset from the vertical portion by the radius, and a hook connector extending from the hook extension toward the vertical portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua D. Deason, Antonio E. Soares
  • Patent number: 8973518
    Abstract: A hanging pot water indicator having a hollow tubular spring housing, a dust protector on the upper end of the tubular housing, the dust protector having a fastening collar fitting around the upper end of the tubular housing, a hollow tubular sliding sleeve, having an interior diameter greater than the exterior diameter of the tubular housing, and being telescopically slidable in respect thereof, a lower flared portion on the lower end of the sleeve, an opening in the dust protector, a coiled extension spring within the tubular housing and the sleeve, an upper wire extension portion extending from the upper end of the spring passing through the opening in the dust protector, and defining an upper hook, and a lower wire extension extending from the lower end of the spring, and formed to define a hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: John Anga
  • Patent number: 8966815
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for growing and distributing living food crops to an intended recipient prior to harvesting that includes the utilization of a production unit to grow the food crops and a transportation cart to efficiently deliver the production units. This method prevents critical losses of nutritional content resulting from extended periods of non-consumption subsequent to harvesting. Additionally, the foods created and distributed by this method have increased aesthetic appeal to the consumer and enhanced natural taste. The novel method includes planting and growing the desired food crops in production units, transporting the production units, using a novel transportation cart, to an intended recipient once the crop reaches a predetermined ripeness, and mounting the production units at a recipient desired location. The food crops remain in the production units until ready for use, purchase, or consumption, at which point the food crops are harvested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Smiles
  • Patent number: 8950110
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable planter or holder. The planter or holder of the present invention includes one or more foldable compartments defined by an array of panels. Each compartment includes one or more upright panels to form an upright core; one or more movable panels to form a trough used for planting or storing belongings; and one or more fold lines, wherein at least one fold line is between the one or more upright panels and the one or more movable panels. In an embodiment, each panel is attached to at least one adjacent panel along a fold line. When the planter or holder is not in use, the movable panel pair folds at a fold line between the upright panel and the movable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph F Fula
  • Patent number: 8910417
    Abstract: A container for transporting and displaying cut flowers comprising six elements. A material of the apparatus is substantially deformable and dishwasher safe. A base, top and sides are constructed to hold cut flowers and water and the top has at least a first and a second affixing element equidistant from each other on opposite ends of the perimeter. A bottom member suspends below the base. A carrying element has an adjustable functional length with a first and second functional end, a first and second actual end that can extend beyond each functional end, and a first and second attachable elements between the respective first and second actual end and the corresponding nearest functional end to each, the attachable element able to be removably attached at various lengths to the respective first and second affixing element for transport and attachment to a suspending element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Reid Meyers
  • Patent number: 8904707
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hanging planter for growing plants upside down. Because the planter has a flat bottom, plants may be grown in the planter right side up. At a convenient time the planter may be turned to hang upside down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Innovative Garden Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Luurtsema, David J Luurtsema, Robert S Arnold
  • Publication number: 20140283449
    Abstract: A container holder for removably suspending a container, such as a flower pot, to a vertical structure. The container holder comprises a vertical structure securing member configured to frictionally engage the vertical structure and a container supporting member configured to support therein the container, the container supporting member being connected to the vertical structure securing member. In use, the weight of the supported container ensures the frictional securing of the container holder to the vertical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Pascal RAPONE
  • Publication number: 20140259918
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a hanging gardening and watering apparatus comprising: a set of trellises pivotally connected to each other and to opposing sides in a vertical scissor arrangement allowing for the frame to expand and contract varying the volume occupied by the frame; a fertilizing system carried by the frame and disposed at the top of the frame; a set of compartments included in the fertilizing system for holding additives taken from the group consisting of: fertilizer, weed killer, pre-emergent, fragrance and any combination thereof; and, a tube for directing water from a water supply to siphon additives from selected compartments so that the water and additive are mixed in the water stream and directed to a delivery system so that the mixture is delivered to plants disposed in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan A. Scolari
  • Publication number: 20140259917
    Abstract: A hanging basket cover including a body having a first, open end and an opposing second end, and at least two flexible arms transversely extending from the first end of the body. The arms are movable between a rest position and a flexed position, where a hanging basket is inserted in the first end of the body and against the flexible arms causing the flexible arms to move to the flexed position for allowing the hanging basket to move into the body until the flexible arms extend over a top edge of the hanging basket to secure the body to the hanging basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ken Keil
  • Patent number: 8769870
    Abstract: A system for watering plants including a pot having a plant therein, a line carrying a hook, a watering activation switch connected to a watering system, and a pot weighing system comprising a movable arm assembly interacting with a weight switch. The pot does not move the movable arm assembly when the plant needs to be watered, whereby the movable arm assembly interacts with the weight switch to allow watering of the plant and the hook engages the plant watering activation switch to thereby activate the watering system to provide water to the plant. The pot moves the movable arm assembly when the plant does not need to be watered, whereby the movable arm assembly interacts with the weight switch to prevent activation of the watering system to prevent water from being provided to the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Dale Schutter, David Jay TerHaar
  • Patent number: 8764215
    Abstract: A solar-powered light includes a body having an opening formed through the center from an upper side of the body to a bottom side of the body, at least one solar panel on the upper side of the body, and at least one light source on the bottom side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Rory Colby
  • Publication number: 20130298462
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a modular horticultural growing system, creating a multitude of benefits through the utilization vertical growing capability and methodology. These benefits include increased growing densities, maximization of growing efficiencies, minimization of water usage, retention of nutrients, reduction of nutrient discharge into surface and ground water, increased growing capacity within existing capital infrastructure and space, reduction of energy and material inputs, cooling and beautification of structures and living spaces, increased local food production, synergistic effects throughout entire product, manufacturing, and production value chain, and many other benefits. The present invention allows individuals, especially those living in impoverished or densely populated urban areas, to grow a greater fraction of their food requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Sean Thomas Moran
  • Patent number: 8561345
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a plant is described. The apparatus includes a first substantially horizontal member that engages a first surface of a structure at a first vertical position. A second substantially horizontal member engages a second surface of the structure at a second vertical position that is lower than the first vertical position. The first surface is opposite to the second surface. A frame is coupled to the second substantially horizontal member and is shaped to support a pot containing the plant. The weight of the supported plant urges the first substantially horizontal member against the first surface of the structure and urges the second substantially horizontal member against the second surface of the structure, thereby securing the apparatus to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: James Vincent Armas
  • Patent number: 8474182
    Abstract: A planter capable of being hung from an elevated support includes an open-topped container for containing dirt or potting soil placed therein and a plurality of suspension elements, or cords, which are disposed about and are attached to or act upon the container for suspending the container from an elevated support. The suspension elements extend upwardly from the peripheral edge of the container top and are joined together at a common point disposed above the container for suspension of the planter from the elevated support. In addition, a spacer member is arranged and spaced above the top of the container and cooperates with the suspension elements for preventing the suspension cords from converging toward one another for a distance above the container which corresponds with the spaced distance between the container top and the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Felknor Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Wilson A. Felknor, Benjamin James Ferron
  • Patent number: 8468742
    Abstract: A planter having a body (1) suitable for receiving a volume of plant growth medium and the root structure of a plant (2), the planter having a lower opening (4), a retainer (6) which can removably engage the lower opening to reduce the effective size of the lower opening, and a reservoir (9) suitable for holding a body of fluid (10) such that the fluid can gradually move from the reservoir into the planter's body to water and/or nourish a plant when planted within the planter, the planter being formed such that when it is in use it can be secured in an elevated disposition with the root structure of a plant contained within the body and a stem and/or foliage of the plant passing through the lower opening (4) and through the retainer (6) such that the plant is oriented in a downwards disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick John Morris
  • Publication number: 20130145689
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hanging planter for growing plants upside down. Because the planter has a flat bottom, plants may be grown in the planter right side up. At a convenient time the planter may be turned to hang upside down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE GARDEN SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Luurtsema, David J. Luurtsema, Robert S. Arnold
  • Publication number: 20130139438
    Abstract: A hanging basket for plants, flowers, etc. is provided which may be moved from a collapsed position to an extended position. When in the extended position, the hanging basket may support plants, flowers or the like therein. When collapsed, the basket occupies very little space for shipping and storage purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Raymon W. LUSH
  • Patent number: 8453380
    Abstract: A horticulture and floriculture device that typically includes a track system, a plurality of hanging basket receiving hooks, and at least one motor assembly is provided. The track system receives and carries a moveable chain system and typically includes a plurality of track segments that have a chain carrying portion and an upper portion. The track segments are interconnected with one another to create a travel path. The moveable chain system includes a series of interconnected chain links having an aperture wherein the chain links include horizontally oriented and vertically oriented chain links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Formflex Automation USA, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bryan Helder, Johan ten Veen, Leo Gerardus van Adrichem, Arie Pieter Nicolaas Barendregt
  • Publication number: 20130118072
    Abstract: An apparatus for hanging of decorative or utilitarian articles such as potted plants is provided. The apparatus has a c-channel track defining an inner channel and a rolling-bearing element sized to roll therealong. A hanger is attached to the rolling-bearing element for hanging decorative or utilitarian articles. The arrangement allows for articles to positioned anywhere along the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Nee, Joel Mueller
  • Patent number: 8429852
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foldable planter. The planter of the present invention includes one or more foldable compartments defined by an array of panels. Each compartment includes one or more upright panels to form an upright core; one or more movable panels to form a trough used for planting; and one or more fold lines, wherein at least one fold line between the one or more upright panels and the one or more movable panels. In an embodiment, each panel is attached to at least one adjacent panel along a fold line. When the planter is not in use, the movable panel pair folds at a fold line between the upright panel and the movable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph F. Fula
  • Patent number: 8424549
    Abstract: A tent pole anchor apparatus that includes a barrel member and a cover disposed on the barrel member. The barrel member and cover together form an internal chamber that is filled with water so as to provide a significant weight for anchoring the barrel member. The barrel member has at least one drain to enable liquid to be removed from the barrel member. At least one of the barrel member and cover has a passage for receiving an adjustment strap that interconnects the barrel member with the tent pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Giffy Tent Barrels, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard G. Goldsmith, Richard N. St. Jean
  • Patent number: 8407936
    Abstract: A flower belt comprises a belt member and a plurality of belt attachments. The belt member comprises a durable, flexible elongated body with an adjustable securing means designed to securely affix around a tree trunk. The belt member further comprises a hook attachment means which enables the securing and removably receiving the plurality of belt attachments. The hook attachment comprises hooks outwardly disposed for suspending the belt attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Donald V. Lee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8402692
    Abstract: A plant pot for growing plants in an inverted orientation is provided. The plant pot comprises a soil chamber for retaining soil, and an open end for filling the soil chamber. An end cover releasably couples to the open end to retain the soil. A base end opposes the open end and comprises an aperture through which a plant is planted. An aperture cover releasably couples to the aperture and comprises an adjustable opening. The adjustable opening encircles the stem of the plant and enlarges as the stem grows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Hong Ku Park
  • Publication number: 20130067811
    Abstract: A container system providing ideal watering and aeration conditions for growing plants comprises a tray having a bottom surface. An insert with an upper surface and a lower surface is placed in the tray forming an upper space above the insert for the addition of a growth medium, and a lower space below the insert forming a water reservoir. One or more perforated baskets extending from the lower surface of the insert and into the water reservoir draw water from the reservoir and into the growth medium. At least one aperture in the insert is coupled to a perforated post to provide air circulation to the growth medium. A port may be provided through the insert enabling an inverted water vessel to be coupled to the port to provide water to the water reservoir. The various components may be provided in the form of a kit assembled by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: WAY2GRO, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Baker
  • Publication number: 20130047506
    Abstract: A hanging planter assembly includes a support strap adapted to be secured to a vertically extending member and a container supported on the support strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Garden-Aire, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Sheaffer, Daniel McNinch, Terry M. Birchler, Shawn M. Whetstone
  • Patent number: 8375632
    Abstract: Planter systems allow for the raising, lowering, holding, locking and releasing of a planter on a vertical support structure. The planter assembly may include a carriage, to which one or more planters is attached. Guides such as cables, rollers, sliders, bristles, gaskets, carpet and registration pins maintain space between the vertical support and planter assembly and facilitate raising and lowering. A tether guided over a pulley may be retracted or extended by winding it around or unwinding it from a winch, cleat or windlass to causes the planter assembly to rise or descend. When raised to a locking height, the planter assembly causes a mechanical locking mechanism associated with the planter assembly to move into a locking position, securing the planter assembly to the vertical support. Further raising releases the locking mechanism. Attachable items such as banners, flags, hangers and the like may be coupled to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: James Hogan
  • Patent number: 8371473
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to mechanics, and more specifically, to a potting system. In one embodiment, the invention includes a potting system including one or more bands; and one or more pots configured to suspend from the one or more bands. In a further embodiment, the one or more pots configured to suspend from the one or more bands includes one or more pots configured to link with adjacent pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Richard C Scribner, Harold W Swartz
  • Publication number: 20130014438
    Abstract: A hanging flowerpot structure includes a flowerpot body which has an engaging seat at one side wall and an engaging post at an opposing side wall. Through engagement of the engaging seats and the engaging posts of a plurality of flowerpot bodies, the flowerpot bodies can be connected steady. A hook lug of a rear wall of the flowerpot body is used to hook a wall. An automatic watering hose is engaged in engaging recesses of the two side walls of the flowerpot body to guide water into the flowerpot body. The excess water is drained from a drain hole of a bottom of the flowerpot body to the lower flowerpot body to save water. The present invention is convenient for use and stable in configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Po An TENG
  • Patent number: 8316582
    Abstract: A small and compact, easy-to-use soil moisture management device is disclosed that is economical to produce, efficient to use, has a scientific measurement system and is easy for the user to read the moisture needs of a plant in a hanging container. The device includes a housing that is attached at one end to hardware for supporting the device and a hanging basket that contains a plant in soil and moisture in varying amounts in the soil. The device also includes a moving member that is biased by a spring against the gravitational pull on the hanging basket, plant, soil and moisture. The spring and a portion of the moving member is contained in the housing. The moving member also contains visual indicators of the position of the moving member against the bias provided by the spring to indicate the amount of moisture in the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Philip T. Zweber
  • Publication number: 20120247010
    Abstract: A handing garden planter apparatus includes a backing having a top portion adapted to hang from a vertical surface, a plurality of planter pockets vertically aligned and integral with the backing, each planter pocket of the plurality of planter pockets defining an interior space adapted to house soil and plant matter therein, a drainage trough integral with the backing, the drainage tough being positioned below the plurality of planter pockets, and an integrated drainage system. The integrated drainage system is adapted to allow excess water to drain from the plurality of planter pockets to the drainage trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Eric W. HUBER
  • Patent number: 8245441
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for hanging a load from awnings, ceilings or wall brackets, for example a planter or other item to be suspended but selectively lowered. The load is suspended from a cord that is constantly urged to a wound up position on a spool held above the load. The load can be lowered by overcoming the winding force. Optionally, the load can be fixed over a range of lowered positions. In one example, a wedge clamps the cord in any of a range of extended lengths to set different heights of the load. Optionally, the spool can be enclosed. The planter easily and in a controlled manner can be lowered against the winding force with relatively little manual pulling force on the planter. But also, the planter can easily and in a controlled manner by assisted when raised by relatively little manual lifting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Let's Grow Something, LLC
    Inventors: Pamela J. Domek, Robert M. Carter
  • Patent number: 8234814
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for growing plants in a growing room includes a hanging member having a substantially planar configuration, oriented vertically. At least one carriage is disposed on the hanging member to support growing plants. A nutrient delivery system has a conduit to deliver nutrients to the hanging member and to recycle any unused nutrients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Malcolm Glen Kertz
    Inventor: Malcolm Glen Kertz
  • Patent number: 8132366
    Abstract: The modular germinating apparatus provides a plurality of rods, each with an extendable insert whereby total length of the rod and insert is adjustable, the adjusted length selectively maintained by dual, outward pressed lock pins. Rods are positioned as chosen both horizontally and vertically between given objects, such as window sills. A plurality of planters with planter inserts is hung as chosen from the rods with extendable inserts, thereby providing for germinating a multitude of plants simultaneously, with great space efficiency. Each insert provides a plurality of individual compartments, each compartment having drain holes for draining excess liquids from the compartments to the planter below, thereby maintaining optimal germinating environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Neil B. LeBlanc
  • Publication number: 20120047802
    Abstract: One embodiment of a dual purpose Planting System allows for the growth of plants in an upright position and also allows for the growth of inverted or upside down plants. One embodiment of a dual purpose Planting System allows for the growth of plants in an upright position until after the plants have reached early maturity or maturity and begin to suffer the effects of gravity as a result of sheer size, legginess or vegetable growth. At this point the much larger, stronger plants—when inverted—will have greater access to sunlight or other light sources (and therefore the process of photosynthesis) as a result of the sheer size of the plant in relation to the planter and its position between the sun and the larger plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Patrick Murray
  • Publication number: 20110283613
    Abstract: A hanging planter for watering and growing transplanted plants either upwardly or downwardly includes lay-flat flexible tubing which is hung or supported in an upright position, the lay-flat flexible tubing serving as a container for the plants. A lay-flat flexible tube is sealed so as to create an upper watertight chamber above separated from a lower well-drained soil chamber, into which a plant is planted or transplanted. Water flow from the upper chamber to the lower chamber is controlled by a water flow restriction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Darrell K. Downey
  • Patent number: 8033050
    Abstract: Plant supporting apparatuses designed to hang a planter and plant at a variety of desired locations without lines for external electrical or water supply. Power is provided by solar cells. This construction allows the placement of plants almost anywhere and provides desired routine maintenance automatically. The apparatuses rotate the plant to grow uniformly even though incident light is non-uniform. There are two main assemblies which rotate relative to each other. A pump transfers liquids from a reservoir to a dispensing outlet onto a planter. The pump may be configured to move within the reservoir to stir the water, fertilizer or other liquids being fed to the planter. A planter is also shown which has solar cells and other parts mounted thereon. A control system is used to control operation and ambient light and reservoir liquid level are sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Darryl Matlen
  • Publication number: 20110173882
    Abstract: A hanging basket for plants, flowers, etc. is provided which may be moved from a collapsed position to an extended position. When in the extended position, the hanging basket may support plants, flowers or the like therein; but which when collapsed, occupies very little space for shipping and storage purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Raymon W. Lush
  • Patent number: 7966768
    Abstract: A staking system for use with a self-watering growing container includes an outrigger structure at each longitudinal end. Each outrigger structure is mountable on the bottom of the growing container to provide stability. Two vertical stakes are attached to respective outrigger structures. Connectors at the top of each stake thus mount a horizontal stake element between the two connectors. A rim clamp secures the vertical stakes, clamping them on the lip of the plant growing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Laminations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank DiPaolo, Matthew Markefka, Clifford Fay
  • Publication number: 20110126454
    Abstract: The invention discloses a planter container made of flexible material in a bag-like shape used to fill, ship and cultivate a plant from seedling to mature plant. The planter can be used both with the plant upright for initial growth and stability during cultivation and shipment and then inverted to an upside down position to hang plants in the home garden. The container can be folded for easy storage and shipment and is inexpensive to manufacture and ship. Due to its versatility, the planter also ensures healthier and unbroken plants due to the upright and stable position of seedlings during cultivation and shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Werner Sperzel
  • Publication number: 20100293852
    Abstract: The plant transport and storage device is useful for moving and storing a plurality of plants. The device is capable of rapid and assembly and collapse. The device has a base support member, a base beam, a vertical support, and a plant support. Optionally, the device includes a lift and selective height adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Paul E. Beauchamp, Brenda J. Beauchamp
  • Publication number: 20100287832
    Abstract: A planter capable of being hung from an elevated support includes an open-topped container for containing dirt or potting soil placed therein and a plurality of suspension elements, or cords, which are disposed about and are attached to or act upon the container for suspending the container from an elevated support. The suspension elements extend upwardly from the peripheral edge of the container top and are joined together at a common point disposed above the container for suspension of the planter from the elevated support. In addition, a spacer member is arranged and spaced above the top of the container and cooperates with the suspension elements for preventing the suspension cords from converging toward one another for a distance above the container which corresponds with the spaced distance between the container top and the spacer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Wilson A. Felknor, James Robert Ferron, Benjamin James Ferron
  • Publication number: 20100242359
    Abstract: A hanging planter for germinating seeds to seedlings and growing the seedlings to full size plants where the planter has an opening in its bottom and a retainer plug located within the planter to prevent a layer of soil in the bottom of the planter from falling out when the planter is turned upside down. With the planter upside down, a seed is passed through the opening to the soil in the bottom of the planter and is watered thru the opening in the planter bottom as it grows right side up. While the plant is a seedling the planter is turned from its upside down position to its right side up position and hung above the ground to turn the stalk portion of the seedling from being right side up to being upside side down while the root portion remains located in the planter without having been replanted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: William James Rance, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100199553
    Abstract: A planter for growing a transplantable plant includes a container having a sidewall and a bottom and further includes a retainer member for retaining a plant which has been transplanted within the container through the sidewall or bottom thereof. The retainer member defines an expandable opening which is movable between expanded and normally-collapsed conditions so that by urging a plant root system end-first against the retainer member, the expandable opening is moved to an expanded condition to permit the root system to pass through the expandable opening into the container interior. Upon passage of the root system through the expandable opening, the expandable opening is permitted to return toward its normally-collapsed condition about the stem of the plant to thereby prevent the withdrawal of the root system of the plant from the container interior through the plant retainer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Wilson A. Felknor
  • Patent number: 7770743
    Abstract: A support structure for hanging plants. The support structure includes a plurality of frames having a plurality of clamping sites formed thereon and a plurality of mounting members formed thereon. A plurality of rods are supported by the frames for suspending the hanging plants therefrom, wherein at least two frames support each rod. A plurality of clamping members are connectable to a respective clamping site for securing the rods to the frames. The frames are supported by a base portion, wherein a plurality of elongate support members extend between the base portion and the frames to hold the frames above the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventors: Matt Janowak, Gary Lowell
  • Patent number: 7735260
    Abstract: A one-piece molded hanging plant saucer includes three pairs of opposed hook arms connected to a bowl-shaped base. Each pair of hook arms is formed by the frictional interengagement of two arms extending vertically from a living hinge formed at an extension of a generally circular planar lip extending outwardly around the upper periphery of the base. Each pair of interconnected hook arms provides a double thickness of material to increase strength of support for the hanging plant saucer. As manufactured in the molded condition, the hook arms are generally co-planar with the planar lip so that multiple saucers are readily stackable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventor: Edward J. Holliday
  • Patent number: 7730664
    Abstract: A plant container assembly (1) comprising two detachably connectable enclosure sections (3, 4), the assembly comprising attachment means (39) which is adapted to secure the sections in the direction of the height of the container, wherein, in an assembled condition, the attachment means is located internally of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Alan John Larwood
  • Patent number: 7726072
    Abstract: An adjustable plant hanger is disclosed having straps that support a pot in which plants are placed. The straps comprise two or more loops that are not fastened to a ring by which the plant hanger may be hung from an overhead hook. The loop straps pass through the adjustable element or sleeve which can slide up and down along the straps to make it easier to mount a larger pot inside the straps of the plant hanger, making it easier to level pot and adjust when needed. The adjustable element is also adjusted vertically to more safely hold pots of different sizes. The straps are connected to a support element located beneath a pot. The spacing element maintains the straps are spaced around the sides of a pot evenly in the plant hanger to assure that the pot will not easily fall from the hanger. The straps may be individually slid through the ring and adjustable element to level an irregular shaped or larger pot held in the plant hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Sharon A Kuslaka, Jennifer Lavoie
  • Publication number: 20100115836
    Abstract: An agricultural growth management tool can include a biodegradable polymer body having a synthetic polymer and an optional biodegradability enhancement additive. The biodegradability enhancement additive can include a microbial attractant. The biodegradable polymer body can be configured as a plant stake, branch tag, blister pack, plantable container, agrifilm, drip tubing, drip tubing connectors, drip tubing accessories, market trays, plug and propagation trays, flats and inserts, transfer pots, transfer trays, landscape ribbon, landscape twine/rope, landscaping bags, pot wraps, floral wraps, hanging basket assemblies, greenhouse films/sheets or the like. The synthetic polymer can be a biodegradable polymer, inherently non-biodegradable polymer, or a combination of the two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Brandon J. Julian