Trellis Patents (Class 47/70)
  • Publication number: 20150101248
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mesh lined planter box for use in growing of plants where mobility and/or easy removal of the plants and/or growing media is desired. The mesh lining in one example comprises a replaceable fabric mesh bag into which growing media is placed for growing of plants. Also disclosed is a trellis which may be removed from the planter box. The trellis may also include vertically adjustable cross members. A watering system is also disclosed attached to the base unit, or trellis of the planter box. The watering system in one form comprising a plurality of feed lines attached to a common main line and having valves on each feed line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Jacob C. Adkinson
  • Patent number: 8925246
    Abstract: A plant trellis system for growing plants on hard surfaces such as patios or decks is disclosed. The system comprises a trellis base having a plurality of cutouts, a pot having a plurality of legs protruding from the bottom surface, and a plurality of wire mesh panels supported on the trellis base. The plurality of legs is inserted into the plurality of cutouts forming a firm connection between the trellis base and the pot. The trellis base further comprises a groove on each side where a base wire of the plurality of wire mesh panels is inserted. The trellis base also comprises a plurality of notches on each side to receive the vertical wires coming from the base wire. Clips are used to attach each wire mesh panel to the adjacent wire mesh panel. The system is portable and stable beyond the boundaries of the pot to support larger plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: This Town, LLC
    Inventor: Donald J. Stewart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8857103
    Abstract: A planter with adjustable support stakes to support a growing houseplant, including a pot and length adjustable stakes each of which include at least one section rod having a bottom end inserted into a receptacle within a pot upper end and couplers which to vertically attach section rods together and a length of string attached to directly opposite couplers to prevent plant breakage and to support fruit produced by the houseplant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Kelley G. Coon
  • Publication number: 20140150341
    Abstract: A solar-powered planter assembly includes a planter, a support structure removably connected to the planter, and a solar-powered lighting assembly removably connected to the support structure. The solar-powered lighting assembly includes a control circuit that causes a light included in the lighting assembly to turn on at night using power supplied by a rechargeable battery and a solar cell included in the lighting assembly to charge the rechargeable battery during the day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: YOUNG'S PLANT FARM, INC.
    Inventor: Charles Christopher Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8613159
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Thompson, Donald L Thompson
  • Patent number: 8250810
    Abstract: Plant support consisting of a base and a spiral, fitted rotatably thereon and extending vertically. This spiral is made for accommodating therein the main stem of a plant, such as pepper, cucumber, aubergine or tomato. Branches of the plant extend outwards to beyond the spiral. In the spiral is a stationary post. If the plant has reached the top of the spiral, the spiral is rotated with respect to the base such that the plant shifts downwards without rotating. The plant can subsequently continue to grow upwards again. A number of plant supports of this type can be combined with a common drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Fred Van Zijl
  • Patent number: 8196344
    Abstract: A modular plant tower assembly includes a self-supporting vertical framework of rigid vertical supports defining a relatively large base, and extending inwardly and upwardly from the base to a smaller top of the vertical framework. At least one horizontal closed-end framework includes rigid horizontal supports. The horizontal supports are interconnected at their respective ends, and surround the vertical framework at a location intermediate the base and the top. At least one of the horizontal supports forms a lateral bridge connector. The bridge connector is adapted for connecting one end of a bridge frame to the plant tower assembly, and an opposite end of the bridge frame being connected to an adjacent like tower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Sharon Jane Roberts, Nancy Jean Roberts
  • Patent number: 8186101
    Abstract: Planter apparatus for supporting live goods has an upwardly open container with a sidewall, a wire planter cage frame supported on the sidewall, and clips releasably securing the planter cage frame to the container. The planter cage frame has downwardly extending legs with distal ends that are received on an inner peripheral ledge of the container. The distal ends may engage the container without clips, or may rest on the rim of the container. The clips are deformable C-shaped clips with end hooks that engage the container rim and a transverse rib of the planter cage frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Hubie Grown, LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer A. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8136293
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a string and/or a sheet of material, such as a rope, a length of twine, a trellis netting or a barrier material is provided. A ground anchored device includes a rigid post and two or more flexible arms. The arms may be configured to support two or more sheets of material, wherein the sheets of material may further support plant growth. Alternately or additionally, one or more arms may be positioned to maintain string optionally bearing flags and/or barrier material to further discourage intrusion by animals. Horizontal lines may be extended from a plurality of devices to even further discourage intrusion by animals and/or to support the barrier material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne Morgan
  • Publication number: 20110277382
    Abstract: An adjustable stake assembly has a stake support appointed to receive at least one stake segment to form a structure, such as a plant support, lattice, fence, plant holder, recreational or decorative structure. The adjustable stake assembly includes a universal stake support having a tip appointed to penetrate a surface, a body portion and a top plate having a protrusion with a stake aperture integrated therein. At least one stake segment having a central portion and a lateral and distal end is appointed to be removably snapped-onto the universal stake support. The stake segment includes a flange appointed to be received in the stake aperture of the universal stake support, and the distal end having a segment aperture integrated therein appointed for receiving another stake segment for vertically stacking a plurality of the stake segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Davis
  • 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: 20110146150
    Abstract: Planter modules, preferably of plastic or fiberglass, are mounted into holes on a one or two layer trellis. Mounting of the planter modules occurs normally after the planter module is filled with a bag of soil and plants are planted into the soil so as to start growing out of a front surface of said planter module. The plants are grown for 1-3 months typically before the planter module is mounted in its hole in the trellis. An array of said planter modules is used. The trellis is then erected and mounted to a wall which is to be converted into a green wall covered by plants. The plants then continue to grow in the planter modules and eventually cover the whole trellis thereby covering the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher J. Lyon
  • Publication number: 20110036005
    Abstract: A string trellis apparatus for attachment to elevated substantially horizontal portions of a structure at one end and an elongated planter box at the other, includes at least two elongated hanger members of a first predetermined length each having at least one aperture disposed at a first end and a hook portion disposed at a second end and engageable with at least one of a rain gutter and a fence top; at least two substantially flexible strings having proximal and distal ends; and a planter-box connecting means disposed one of in or on the planter box for removably attaching the proximal ends of the strings to the planter box adjacent a soil surface in the planter box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: John E. Aiken, Edward Scott Carlson
  • Publication number: 20100101144
    Abstract: Planter apparatus for supporting live goods has an upwardly open container with a sidewall, a wire planter cage frame supported on the sidewall, and clips releasably securing the planter cage frame to the container. The planter cage frame has downwardly extending legs with distal ends that are received on an inner peripheral ledge of the container. The distal ends may engage the container without clips, or may rest on the rim of the container. The clips are deformable C-shaped clips with end hooks that engage the container rim and a transverse rib of the planter cage frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jennifer A. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 7685765
    Abstract: A plant support device includes a base that connects to a supporting post. The base may comprise a plate including a series of receptacles that connect to the supporting post and position the post in a generally vertical orientation. The receptacles may be formed as cups extending from the base, or as recesses formed into the base. The base may be releasably connected to the floor of a container such as a flowerpot or planter. The base may further include spacers capable of creating an aeration gap within the container. The base may also include slots that limit the rotation of the base when positioned within the container. The supporting post may be formed from a series of axially connectable pole sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: William W. Stevenson, III
  • Publication number: 20100043284
    Abstract: A plant support system that is self-adjusting in height to accommodate growth of a plant, and a method of using such a system. The system includes a pole assembly having a base and first and second pole sections. The base is sized to be received in a container, the first pole section is coupled to the base of the pole assembly, and the second pole section is coupled to the first pole section so as to enable the second pole section to longitudinally extend and retract relative to the first pole section while remaining coupled to the first pole section. Features are disposed on at least the second pole section for releasably securing portions of a plant longitudinally extending alongside the pole assembly. The container is preferably supported by a turntable to rotate about its axis of symmetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Tasha L. Smith, Alphonso Rogers, Melvin L. Smith
  • Patent number: 7637055
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting plant foliage includes a base assembly that is placed in a growing medium. A plurality of support members are attached to the base assembly and extend radially away from a plant center and vertically. Additional linear extension segments are detachably-attached, as desired, to an upper end of any support member to provide increased vertical height. Additional radius extension segments are similarly detachably-attached to the upper end of any support member to provide increased radial displacement. The linear extension segments can be attached to the upper portion of other extension segments or the upper portion of other radius extension segments. The radius extension segments can be similarly attached. Plant ties that do not over tighten the plants and which permit easy attachment and removal are disclosed. A telescopically extensible top segment that prevents injury to a user is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Tavis Donaldson
  • Patent number: 7624534
    Abstract: A flexible strand is wound around a pole of adjustable height into a plant supporting helix forming a plurality of loops connected to the pole by quick-release fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Pierre Maeder
  • Publication number: 20090272032
    Abstract: A flower pot plant hold up device for training a plant to grow straight and tall includes a base for placement within a flower pot and a support pole vertically extending from the base and eccentrically mounted thereto so that the plant grows upward from the center of the flower pot. The support pole includes a plurality of apertures spaced along its vertical extension with each aperture capable of receiving therein an arm that is oriented at a 35 degree angle relative to the vertical extension of the support pole and wherein the trunk, stem, limbs, and branches of the plant are tied to the arms, and as the plant grows straight along the support pole various parts of the plant can be untied and retied to the arms to accommodate the upward growth of the plant and arms can be inserted and removed as needed to also accommodate the plant's straight and tall growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Herbert J. Kiff, SR.
  • Patent number: 7587860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a landscaper trellis that would feature basket hangers and a solar light incorporated into its design. The trellis would measure roughly 8 feet long and 8 feet high. The curved framework would consist of two lattice panels stretching between three support poles, and be made of a material comprising treated lumber, durable plastic, or a metal. The invention provides an attractive setting with the ability to hold planters, and provide lighting when necessary anywhere without requiring an external electrical source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventors: Aqueelah Ilyas, Muhammad Ilyas
  • Publication number: 20090077881
    Abstract: A garden bed assembly and extensions therefor is disclosed. The garden bed assembly includes at least one raised garden starter module containing suitable planting soil or other growing media for plants and may be extended using one or more extender modules, such as straight extender modules and/or corner extender modules. The assembly as disclosed herein includes one or more modules defining the planter. The front section of the starter module and the straight extender module may include a rotatable upper portion to provide convenient access to the plants. Each module section may have a substantially imperforate lower portion and a perforate upper portion prohibiting unwanted creatures such as gophers, rabbits and other animals from gaining access to the growing plants in the garden bed assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Lisa R. Singer, Steven A. Singer
  • Publication number: 20090056217
    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: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: FRANK DIPAOLO, Matthew Markefka, CLIFFORD FAY
  • Publication number: 20080313960
    Abstract: A mobile gardening planter includes a plant container and a drainage system that is adapted for both dripless operation and drip-drain operation. The drainage system includes a drain cap inside the plant container that has holes preferably only in a vertical side of the drain cap for indirectly draining water out of the plant container into a drain pipe extending outside and across the bottom wall of the plant container. A generally vertically-extending sight tube fluidly communicates with the drain pipe so that the water level in the sight tube is the same as the water table level in the plant container, and the gardener may therefore monitor the water table. The open top end of the sight tube allows water to overflow the sight tube, to prevent undesirable over-watering. The sight tube is preferably shielded by a portion of the planter, and most preferably a portion of the frame, that extends outward from the plant container farther than does the sight tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel A. Norvitch
  • Publication number: 20080263944
    Abstract: A plant support having a base and a riser extending upward from the base. The base is received in a pot or the like and soil placed thereon to stabilize the base. The riser extends above the soil to support a plant growing in the soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Charles E. McGaughey
  • Publication number: 20080250708
    Abstract: Support for supporting or binding a plant. It is proposed to attach the plant to a support with the aid of attachment means such as a ring. This support extends essentially vertically and in order to absorb the forces acting in the vertical direction the position of the ring in the vertical direction must be fixed. By constructing the support with two longitudinal strands located some distance apart and traverse strands arranged some distance apart between them, intermediate spaces are created for confirming the ring therein. Optionally, the various features can be used in combination with clips. The support is, for example, attached to a horizontal span wire or to a vertical hook and the invention is employed in particular with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers or aubergines or the other plants that are possibly to be bound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Priva Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Serge Remi Jamoneau
  • Publication number: 20080209806
    Abstract: Plant support consisting of a base and a spiral, fitted rotatably thereon and extending vertically. This spiral is made for accommodating therein the main stem of a plant, such as pepper, cucumber, aubergine or tomato. Branches of the plant extend outwards to beyond the spiral. In the spiral is a stationary post. If the plant has reached the top of the spiral, the spiral is rotated with respect to the base such that the plant shifts downwards without rotating. The plant can subsequently continue to grow upwards again. A number of plant supports of this type can be combined with a common drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Fred Van Zijl
  • Patent number: 7377073
    Abstract: A plant stem support system having an adjustable base and adjustable top support assembly. The base is adjustable to optimally fit within pots or spaces between about two and six inches in diameter. The top support assembly includes a pair of curved arms that are pivotable to secure a range of plant sizes or number of plants. Anchors on the arms provide for attachment of the plant to the arms or attachment of a plant covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Grunnah
    Inventor: Robert Grunnah
  • Patent number: 7152368
    Abstract: A trellis assembly including a first trellis section having a plurality of vertical rods connected to at least one horizontal rod and a second trellis section having a plurality of connected horizontal and vertical rods. The second trellis section includes a plurality of tubes connected to an outside of the vertical rods at upper ends thereof configured to accept lower ends of the vertical rods of the first trellis section to connect the first trellis section to the second trellis section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Dwight V. Swanson
  • Patent number: 6973751
    Abstract: A trellis wire support apparatus and a trellis system and method for use in vineyards and the like. The trellis wire support comprises a body having at least one a fold configured to releasibly engage a corresponding slot in a support element, and at least one clip or hook configured to releasibly engage a trellis wire. The trellis systems comprise at least one support element having a slot therein, and at least one trellis wire support comprising at least one clip configured to releasibly engage a trellis wire and a fold configured to releasibly engage the slot in the support element. The trellis system may additionally comprise a cross arm, with the support element configured to couple to the cross arm. The cross arm may include parallel ridges extending along its length, and the support element may have notches adjacent each end thereof that are configured to engage the ridges on the cross arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Leon W. Pierce, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6948277
    Abstract: Methods for making trellis support structures for use in supporting vine borne crops are disclosed. The support structure includes a metallic support member that is bent into a modified U-shape and attached to a metallic cross arm using a process that produces consistent results. The combination of the U-shaped member and cross arm is then attached to a vertical support post at two different locations: one attachment at the center of the U-shaped member, and the other attachment at the center of the cross arm in an axial alignment with the support post. The structure is extremely strong, capable of supporting considerable weight, not likely to shift, and less prone to failure from fatigue. The support structure is produced by first bending the central section of a metallic support member into a U-shape, placing the bent member on a specially designed adjustable jig, and attaching a cross arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: A & P Ag Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: David Parrish
  • Patent number: 6907694
    Abstract: A new trellis support structure and a method for its production for use in supporting vine borne crops. The support structure includes a metallic support member that is bent into a modified U-shape and attached to a metallic cross arm using a process that produces consistent results. The combination of the U-shaped member and cross arm is then attached to a vertical support post at two different locations: one attachment at the center of the U-shaped member, and the other attachment at the center of the cross arm in an axial alignment with the support post. The structure is extremely strong, capable of supporting considerable weight, not likely to shift, and less prone to failure from fatigue. The support structure is produced by first bending the central section of a metallic support member into a U-shape, placing the bent member on a specially designed adjustable jig, and attaching a cross arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: A&P Ag Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: David Parrish
  • Patent number: 6681522
    Abstract: A flower box having posts and wall elements connected by first reversible anchoring devices, the wall elements being in turn reversibly associated with at least one corresponding bottom so as to provide, as a whole, full vertical and horizontal flexibility in assembling the flower box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Marchioro S.p.A. Stampaggio Materie Plastiche
    Inventor: Domenico Marchioro
  • Patent number: 6668485
    Abstract: Agrotechnical method for Branch Cordon trained vine, for the mechanizable control of its growth, and yield; where in the branch cordon plantation a cordon arm supporting wire parallel with the direction of the stock row, preferably in 160-190 cm height is used; long canes are preferably cultivated every 10-30-40 cm from one another into producing twigs; characterised in that sprouting, yield and quality are regulated by the thinning of the main buds in the upper zone of the foliage wall, and the measure of thinning of the main buds thus producing twigs are cultivated having short shoots and short canes (which require no pruning), which appropriately reach near the ground, have off-shoots and sometimes grow higher than the cordon arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Babó Tivadar
  • Patent number: 6609333
    Abstract: A detachable container lifting device includes a handle with first and second longitudinal members extending from the handle. Each longitudinal member has an end section. A first aperture engaging structure is positioned on the end section of the first longitudinal member while a second aperture engaging structure is positioned on the end section of the second longitudinal member. A first stabilizing extension is positioned along the first longitudinal member between the handle and the first aperture engaging structure. A second stabilizing extension is positioned along the longitudinal member between the handle and the second aperture engaging structure. The stabilizing extensions and the longitudinal members enclose an edge region of a container adjacent to a main opening of the container while the aperture engaging structures pass through apertures adjacent to a region of the container spaced from the main opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Superior Plant & Bulb
    Inventors: Oscar Warmerdam, Adrian P. van de Gutche
  • Patent number: 6604320
    Abstract: A support for branches and vines consisting of a base which has a hole, a stem which has many holes at different levels and facing in various directions, many rods which may have many holes, many branch support assemblies each of which consist of a string which has at least two hooks, and a holder which may have many holes; the stem penetrating through the hole of the base; the rods being able to penetrate the stem through its holes; one of the hook of a branch support assembly being able to hook on a hole of a rod; another hook of the branch support assembly being able to hook on the holes of the holder of the branch support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Chih-Yu Hsia
  • Patent number: 6393764
    Abstract: Planter elements for use individually or in various combinations for a wide variety of uses and which are easily assembled for compact storage/shipment. A base element is a box-like structure having four walls, open at the top and bottom. The walls are attached to posts at the four corners with upper surfaces of the posts in a common plane within the space surrounded by the walls and lower surfaces in a common plane below such space, permitting two or more of these elements to be stacked atop and releasably attached to one another, or be placed under or over other elements, as well as being optionally secured in place directly upon the ground. A similarly constructed element, termed an extension box, may be placed atop the base to increase its effective height, or may be used separately or in combination with other elements. The base and/or extension box elements may be supported upon and releasably attached to a cooperatively structured dolly element for convenient movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Smith
  • Patent number: 6378245
    Abstract: A trellis for vines and other climbing plants, for home and garden use, that will facilitate plant growth and crop harvesting. The invention has a “T” shaped support structure, with hooks for a hanging net, and ground stakes for holding the net tightly near the ground. The trellis accommodates an optional sprinkler attachment for attaching the user's own commercial sprinkler for plant watering and/or feeding. The trellis is lightweight, durable, sturdy, versatile, easy to assemble and disassemble for subsequent use, and has it own case for storage and/or shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: James Lee Summers
  • Patent number: 6357174
    Abstract: A simulated tree comprises an armature including a trunk with nodes thereon from which are supported branches guyed together by shrouds to stiffen the trunk and maintain the branches in spaced relationship, with a net cover supported thereon. Vines are cultivated over the surface of the net cover, whereby a structure having a mature tree-like appearance can be grown in a relatively short period, and at much lower cost than transplanting mature trees. The profile of the armatures is easily varied by changing the position of the nodes and the length of the branches, and a wide variety of trees can be simulated using modular components. Such components are easily joined together without the use of tools, making it possible to ship the armatures in kit form, using common carriers, for assembly and erection at remote and difficultly accessible terrains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Stanley Hernick
  • Patent number: 6209258
    Abstract: A potted plant support system which has a flat base member which is securabie to a plant pot by with a key which secures the base member to the pot. The key may be shaped to fit in slot-like openings in the base member and the pot. The plant is supported by rods which may be notched to retain plant ties. The system may also include a pot support clip which engages the pot periphery and includes a rod support extension. Also disclosed is a plant support hook which slidingly engages the rods and which releasably engages itself to form a plant retaining loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Margie Schneider
  • Patent number: 6131323
    Abstract: A display mounting device for holding a display object has a mounting region with at least one mounting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Norwood Industries Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kon Wong, Peter K. Bayly, Stuart Eason, Andrew Eason
  • Patent number: 6067751
    Abstract: A plant container which includes a plant-stake fixing device, wherein the plant container in the region of its rim is provided with at least two coupling components rigidly connected with the side-wall of the plant container. The plant-stake fixing device is provided at least on one end with a mating coupling component and, at a distance from the mating coupling component, with at least one retaining component serving as a holder for a plant stake. The plant-stake fixing device is provided with two mating coupling components arranged at a predetermined distance and in the region of the rim of the plant container there are provided at least two coupling components arranged in correspondence with the mating coupling components and at a distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Hubert Payr
  • Patent number: 6029396
    Abstract: A device for supporting plant pots on a floor surface so as to permit evaporation of moisture from therefrom and which is easily manually adjustable to fit plant pots of varying size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Gillingham
  • Patent number: 6029607
    Abstract: A bird arbor having a span member supported above the ground by a pair of vertically oriented support members. The span member and support members comprise a free-standing architectural structure forming a through-way. One or more birdhouse are integrally formed within the span member, which can have a shape, such as an arch, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Timothy E. Smigelski
  • Patent number: 5987815
    Abstract: A fixing device for a plant supporting rod has a holder (6, 13, 20) that holds the plant supporting rod (3) inserted into the planting substrate (4) at the edge (8) of the plant container (1). In order to safely hold the plant supporting rod in all directions, the plant supporting rod (3) is supported against the edge (8) of the plant pot (1) approximately at the level of the edge (8) of the plant container (1) and in two directions that form an angle (.alpha.) with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Tomco Handelsges m.b.H.
    Inventor: Hubert Payr
  • Patent number: 5964057
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant holder with several essentially identically shaped elements (2), which are arranged in a vertical position when in use, and at least one supporting ring (3), which is arranged in a horizontal position when in use, which includes easily removable retention devices for retaining several vertical elements (2) along the perimeter of the supporting ring (3) and at heights corresponding to the vertical elements. The vertical elements (2) may exhibit an essentially rectangular profile. Recesses (10) for acceptance of the vertical elements can be arranged along the supporting ring, of which there is at least one, while protrusions (12) can be arranged along the lateral surfaces of the vertical elements which, when assembled, snap into corresponding grooves (11) in the recesses in the supporting ring (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Hans-Werner Korte-Jungermann
  • Patent number: 5862625
    Abstract: An expandable water trellis is provided including a plurality of hollow pipes of various lengths each having a pair of open ends and a plurality of linearly aligned water dispensers formed along a length thereof. Upon the flow of water within the pipe, water is dispensed through the dispensers for watering purposes. Also included is a plurality of caps each defined by a closed circular face with a periphery coupled thereto for defining an open top for removably securing about one of the open ends of one of the hollow pipes for selectively sealing the same. Next provided is a plurality of T-shaped interconnects each formed of a long tube with a pair of open ends and a short tube integrally coupled to a central extent of the long tube and extending perpendicularly therefrom thereby terminating in an open end which resides in fluidic communication with the open ends of the long tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Barbara A. Parker
  • Patent number: 5752341
    Abstract: A radial garden support system for climbing plants and non-climbing plants that can be used directly on the ground, with or without planting containers, and can also be used on a deck or patio with planting containers. Adjustable upper and lower radial arms support the climbing surface to meet the vertical needs of the climbing plants chosen. Leveling screws on the lower radial arms maintain proper orientation of the system on uneven ground. Triangular planting containers fit between the lower radial arms defining the growing area and resulting in less weeds and decreased quantities of water and fertilizer. Removable greenhouse tents fit within each planting container and enable early plantings, therefore increasing the growing season. A watering collar introduces water directly to the roots of the plants and enables introduction of plant food to the roots minimizing water and plant food requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Kenneth Goldfarb
  • Patent number: 5630293
    Abstract: A device having a coiled section (13) and clip (12) attached over the rim of a pot (10) with an elongated stem (14) extending over and holding a plant in the pot. The coiled section (13) contains spring-like semi-circular loops and an outer vertical clip so that the rim of the pot fits between the loops and the clip for secure holding. An optional inward bending hook (15) may be further provided to hold the device under the bottom of the rim. Due to the spring-like expandability of the coiled section (13), the device can be easily used on plastic pots or any type of pot without modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: John T. Hicks, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5606824
    Abstract: There is provided an elevated plant holder which is supported entirely from an ordinary plant or flower pot having a tapered interior surface. The plant holder includes an upstanding pole having a lower end near the bottom of the plant pot and an upper end. A pair of horizontally extending cross arms is provided for securing the pole at a point intermediate its ends and within the plant pot to the tapered interior surface of the plant pot. The upstanding pole passes through a central orifice in each cross arm. The opposite ends of the cross arms are disposed against the tapered interior surface of the plant pot. The longitudinal axes of the cross arms are disposed substantially perpendicularly to one another and lie in substantially adjacent planes perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the pole. A wire basket is attached to the upper end of the pole for holding the plant. In an alternative embodiment, a wire frame is provided for securing the pole to the interior surface of the plant pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Michael A. Ruibal
  • Patent number: 5501038
    Abstract: A rod like plant support is held in a plant pot adjacent the side wall of the latter. The holder is in the form of a flat discoid base plate, with an integral socket upstanding from a central portion thereof. A rod engages into and upstands from the socket. A number of integral fingers radially outwardly project from the discoid base plate generally within its plane. The length of each finger is adjustable to fit plant pots having varying internal diameters or varying configurations. Preferably, length adjustment of the fingers is made by cutting end portions thereof along transverse weak lines. In this way, not only is the plant support immobilized within the plant pot, but also, the relative position of the upstanding tie-rod is adjustable relative to plant foliage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Antoine Gregoranto