Saucer Patents (Class 47/71)
  • Patent number: 9265367
    Abstract: An ornamental surround is positioned around the base of an upright structure, such as a plant, shrub, tree, post, or pole. When assembled, the ornamental surround has the outward appearance of a plant pot or planter. Further provided is a combination comprising the ornamental surround, a kit comprising the ornamental surround, and a method of installing the ornamental surround around the base of an upright structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Mackenzie Rae Arnott
  • Publication number: 20150013223
    Abstract: A vertical planter having a partitioned tray, a liner, and a sliding wire support grid, wherein the partitioned tray engages the sliding wire support grid to provide access to the partitioned tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Ravi Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 8336254
    Abstract: A molded body for improving the cultivating conditions of plants includes at least one tapering projection. The molded body is disposed such that the projection extends into a plant substrate from the bottom. The projection is a highly porous material for providing an exchange of water by capillary forces and/or air, between the interior and the area surrounding the projection. The molded body comprises a depression provided opposite the projection and serving as a water reservoir that is spaced apart from the plant substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: IUP Institut fur Umweltpflege AG
    Inventor: Gerhard Baumann
  • Publication number: 20120255226
    Abstract: A water catching basin for placement under plant holders that is designed to capture and hold water that may drain from a plant holder or spill over the edge of the plant holder during the watering process of the contained plant. The exterior of the water catching basin is decorative so when a user needs to bring an outdoor plant indoors, the plant can sit in an attractive water catching basin. The basin also protects furniture and flooring from water spillage that may occur. The device features a draining hole locatable at the center of its base for the purpose of draining water that has collected in the device. A drain plug prevents water from escaping the device until the user is ready to empty the device. A water absorbent material, such as sponge, can fill the interior base of the device to allow for better water collection and retention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Yolanda Salen
  • Patent number: 8261913
    Abstract: A stackable plant pot including a cavity provided with water flow directing gutters, a recesses centrally located water catchment region with drainage slits and suited to receive a moisture retaining device, and a soil holding region located above the water catchment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: John Rodney Keats
  • Publication number: 20100170154
    Abstract: A stable flowerpot system for holding at least one plant comprising a pot supporter (22), a corresponding pot (23), and a corresponding saucer (24). The pot supporter comprises a hollow shell (22D) whose bottom portion is significantly broader than the top portion of the shell. The top portion of the shell extends in-and-downwardly into the interior region of the hollow shell (22D) to form a pot receiver (22C) into which the corresponding pot (23) is removably secured. The corresponding saucer (24) is removably secured in the predetermined position in the interior region of the shell (22D) by a plurality of saucer-holders (22F) formed on the wall of the shell (22D). The stable flowerpot system further includes a decorative skirt (26) to be clad on the outside of the shell (22D) of the pot supporter (22) and a cushion (27) to be placed under the pot supporter (22) for the decoration of the pot (23) being held in the pot supporter (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Byoungha Ahn
  • 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: 7690150
    Abstract: A plant container with a pot and a coaster (2) made of plastic, in particular as a flowerpot, whereby the coaster (2) which is closed at the bottom to serve as a water dish is to be attached undetachably via coupling devices to the pot (1) which is provided with holes at the bottom and is designed in the sense of an easy but secure connection of the pot and the coaster in such a manner that the coaster (2) and the pot (1) are interconnected via coupling elements (11, 15) by at least one conically tapering guide face (9, 16) and are mutually engaged by a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Poeppelmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: G√ľnther Orschulik
  • Publication number: 20100050511
    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: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Edward J. Holliday
  • Patent number: 7603809
    Abstract: A plant pot is used to plant or exhibit flowers and plants and has a pot and a stand. The pot has a stand recess and multiple ribs. The stand recess has an annular sidewall. The ribs are formed separately around the sidewall of the stand recess. The stand is mounted securely below the pot and has a mounting protrusion and multiple sliders. The mounting protrusion corresponds to and is mounted securely in the stand recess and has an annular wall. The sliders are formed separately around the annular wall of the mounting protrusion, correspond to the ribs and are held on the ribs to mount the stand securely on the pot to prevent the stand from detaching from the plant pot to improve safety of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Chen
  • Publication number: 20090229180
    Abstract: A rotatable plant stand having a trivet assembly and a saucer that is mountable thereon. The trivet assembly includes upper and lower trivet plates joined by an annular plate bearing turntable that provides rotational movement of the upper trivet plate relative to the lower trivet plate. The trivet assembly and the saucer are engaged by a centering and retaining mechanism that can secure the bottom of at least two differently sized saucers onto the trivet assembly so as to prevent sideways movement that might otherwise cause the saucer to slide off the trivet assembly, such as when being rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Christopher T. Rich, Edward J. Holliday, Curt Rymer
  • Publication number: 20090077882
    Abstract: A plant pot is used to plant or exhibit flowers and plants and has a pot and a stand. The pot has a stand recess and multiple ribs. The stand recess has an annular sidewall. The ribs are formed separately around the sidewall of the stand recess. The stand is mounted securely below the pot and has a mounting protrusion and multiple sliders. The mounting protrusion corresponds to and is mounted securely in the stand recess and has an annular wall. The sliders are formed separately around the annular wall of the mounting protrusion, correspond to the ribs and are held on the ribs to mount the stand securely on the pot to prevent the stand from detaching from the plant pot to improve safety of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Chen
  • Publication number: 20080295401
    Abstract: A tray having at least one cavity for accommodating a plant pot during its filling, planting, or other processing in a predetermined alignment of the e.g., truncated conical plant pot that is rotationally symmetrical on the circumferential side to a center vertical axis, wherein the plant pot is located positively engaged in the cavity through base formations of the tray and of the plant pot, is designed in terms of a unique alignment of the plant pot while maintaining the high technical requirements of commercial gardening in such a way that the cavity is provided on the base side with a sliding way, which runs helically with a helical axis aligned with the vertical axis of the pot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Guido Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7360336
    Abstract: The invention provides a plant base comprising a base section with a seat for a plant pot, in which a tail section extends in a horizontal direction from the rear of the base section. A groove/protuberance combination is provided at the front of the base section and the rear of the tail section that is able to be accommodated in the groove of another corresponding plant base. The groove and the protuberance each has a support surface that is lower or higher than the support surface of the groove, such that when the protuberance of the plant base has been taken up in the groove of the other plant base, one of the two plant bases is lifted from the substrate at the location of the engaging protuberance and groove. Thus, the invention provides a plant base that continuously retains the same orientation during transport over a conveyor belt, with successive plant bases kept a sufficient distance apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: E. Van Zanten Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Evert Van Zanten
  • Patent number: 7337580
    Abstract: An apparatus for use under an object utilizes a weighing mechanism and an adjustable indicating system for monitoring weight change. The apparatus may be particularly adapted for monitoring soil moisture level in a pot holding houseplants. The apparatus provides a guide for a caretaker to restore the adequate soil moisture level by balancing the weight change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventors: Kehan Han, Wenqian Han, Kedu Han
  • Patent number: 7093391
    Abstract: A drainage tray suitable for use with plant pots is configured to collect and drain away excess plant treating fluids, such as water, fertilizer and the like, that drain from the plant pot. The drainage tray has a base member with a bottom having a side wall extending generally vertically from its periphery to form a reservoir with a generally open top and closed bottom. A drainage orifice in the base member connects to a tubular member, such as a hose, to drain the excess fluids from the reservoir to a suitable disposal site away from the area of the potted plant. Support members and stabilizer members are used to facilitate use of the drainage tray. The drainage tray prevents the accumulation of fluid near a potted plant that can damage or stain the deck, floor, sidewalk or other support surface and/or cause persons to slip and fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Doyle W. Eakin
  • Patent number: 7000351
    Abstract: A molded body for improving cultivation conditions for plants, which is suitable inter alia for arrangement in a plant holder. The molded body has a tapered projection and is arranged in such a way that the projection protrudes into the plant substrate in the plant holder. The projection has elements allowing an exchange of substances between the interior and the surroundings of the projection. This allows the targeted introduction of air, water, nutrients and auxiliary substances into the plant substrate and the root conglomerates. The molded body has a recess which acts as a water reservoir that is separate from the plant substrate. The molded body is water-permeable in the upper part and essentially impermeable to water at the bottom, in the tip of the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: IUP Institut fur Umweltpflege AG
    Inventor: Gerhard Baumann
  • Patent number: 6862844
    Abstract: A pot for the planting and easy removal of plants includes a housing and a push stand operably engageable therewith. The housing includes top and bottom portions, and a sidewall integral therewith. The bottom portion of the housing includes a base member removably positionable on a lip portion formed around an inner perimeter of the bottom portion and having a substantially annular shape with an aperture centrally disposed therein. The push includes a top and bottom portion, and a sidewall diverging downwardly therefrom between the top and bottom portions. The top portion includes a nipple extending upwardly therefrom and removably insertable into the aperture of the base member for assisting to securely move the base member upwardly through the housing. When the housing is moved downwardly along the push stand, the base member and root system of the plant are pushed upwardly and easily lifted out of the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: David J. Rubicz
  • Patent number: 6862843
    Abstract: An umbrella planter having a snap-on lower water reservoir base member and a center sleeve tube for use with an umbrella-type patio table having a table top with a centrally located opening for receiving an umbrella pole of an umbrella assembly. The umbrella planter includes an upper planter member and a lower water reservoir base member. The lower water reservoir base member includes a side wall having an upper perimeter lip and a bottom base wall; and includes a hollow center sleeve connected to the bottom base wall and having a central sleeve opening for receiving the umbrella pole therethrough; and the bottom base wall also includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The upper surface of the bottom base wall of the lower base member includes first connecting means for connecting and mating the lower base member to the upper planter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Misco Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Ezra Missry
  • Patent number: 6766615
    Abstract: A plant saucer having a plurality of internal risers extending upward from the base of the saucer. The internal risers may be of any convenient height and shape to allow excess water to drain from one or more pots placed thereon. The risers may have a round footprint with sloped sides to provide easy mold release. The shape of the risers shown is flat with a textured top surface to promote traction between the pot and the riser. The riser may also have ribs extending up the sides of the riser to allow the riser to support more weight. The saucer has a plurality of feet extending downward from the base of the saucer. The feet are designed to hold the base of the saucer up from the floor on which the saucer rests. The material for the saucer may include an additive, such as Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) to inhibit the maturation of mosquito larvae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: California Plastic Products
    Inventor: Christy S. Smead
  • Publication number: 20040111966
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel and unique drainage article that is removably attachable onto an object that inadvertently drips water there from, such as for use when watering a hanging plant or the like. The article may simply comprise one sheet of non-pervious water resistant material with attachment hooks or the like thereon, or the article may incorporate an additional sheet of material used in combination. Also different optional features may be included, such as indicia for measuring drainage water, drainage options, a sponge, informational pocket, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventors: Cathy D. Santa Cruz, Edward A. Carwin
  • Patent number: 6748697
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel and unique drainage article that is removably attachable onto an object that inadvertently drips water there from, such as for use when watering a hanging plant or the like. The article may simply comprise one sheet of non-pervious water resistant material with attachment hooks or the like thereon, or the article may incorporate an additional sheet of material used in combination. Also different optional features may be included, such as indicia for measuring drainage water, drainage options, a sponge, informational pocket, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventors: Cathy D. Santa Cruz, Edward A Carwin
  • Patent number: 6665980
    Abstract: An apparatus, for example a stand, for supporting an object such as a house plant, with respect to a support post having a vertical axis. A container having a bottom surface which forms a receptacle is mateably engageable with a projection formed in a top surface of a drainage plate. The drainage plate is connected to an upper end portion of the support post, whereby the container is positioned with respect to the support post and aligned with the vertical axis. In one embodiment of this invention, the drainage plate is connected to an end portion of a mounting bracket, whereby the container is fixedly positioned with respect to a generally vertical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Laske, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6655084
    Abstract: A planter caddie for supporting planters including a frame having a support surface and four wheels attached thereto. The support surface includes four support members for forming four receiving spaces in the support surface. The planter caddie also includes a plastic tray removably disposed on the support surface. The plastic tray includes four recessed pockets for receipt within the four receiving spaces of the four support members. The plastic tray further includes four recessed wells, one within each of the four recessed pockets for collecting water and for receiving the wheels of another planter caddie stacked thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Misco Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Ezra Missry
  • Patent number: 6637156
    Abstract: Extendable flower pot (10) for holding a plant comprises bottom pot (30) and extendable upper barrel (20). Upper barrel (20) is adapted to nest inside bottom pot (30). A plant is potted in flower pot (10) in a nested position. When the plant needs more room for its roots, upper barrel (20) is pulled to an extended position, increasing the depth and volume of pot (10). Additional soil is then added. Rim (22) aids gripping of upper barrel (20) and keeps water and soil out of the gap between bottom pot (30) and upper barrel (20) when flower pot (10) is in the nested position. Upper annular protrusion (21′) and bottom annular protrusion (31′) cooperate to stop upper barrel (20) from accidentally being pulled out of bottom pot (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald J. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20030136050
    Abstract: A plant saucer having a plurality of internal risers extending upward from the base of the saucer. The internal risers may be of any convenient height and shape to allow excess water to drain from one or more pots placed thereon. The risers may have a round footprint with sloped sides to provide easy mold release. The shape of the risers shown is flat with a textured top surface to promote traction between the pot and the riser. The riser may also have ribs extending up the sides of the riser to allow the riser to support more weight. The saucer has a plurality of feet extending downward from the base of the saucer. The feet are designed to hold the base of the saucer up from the floor on which the saucer rests. The material for the saucer may include an additive, such as Bacillus Thuringiensis (BT) to inhibit the maturation of mosquito larvae.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Christy S. Smead
  • Patent number: 6536159
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plant pot comprising a first space (1) bounded by a first upright wall (4) and a second space (2) bounded by a second upright wall (5) and a bottom (7), which first and which second space (1,2) are separated from each other by a porous plate (9). The plant pot is according to the invention characterized in that a third space (3) bounded by a third upright wall (6) and a bottom (8) surrounds the second space (2), and in that the second space (2) serves to accommodate a moisture-retaining, hydrating but air-permeable material (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Hubertus Elisabeth Van Den Ende
  • Publication number: 20020189164
    Abstract: A device for watering a flowerpot, which can be placed in a lower position in an outer pot containing a supply of water at a distance from the bottom of the outer pot and set down in an upper position in the region of the upper edge of the outer pot, a wick being placed with one end in the flower pot for supplying it with water and, with the other end, into the supply of water, the device having a first setting-up device (2, 5) for setting down the flowerpot (17) in a lower position and a second setting-up device (8, 9), which can be placed on the outer pot (15) or inserted in the outer pot (15) and held in the region of the upper edge of the outer pot (15) by friction for placing the flowerpot (17) in the upper position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Lutz Bengsch
  • Patent number: 6298599
    Abstract: A three-dimensional, decorative sculptured-plant vase having the appearance of a sculptured head and a sculptured torso for receiving in the sculptured head a plant with leaves, wherein the plant leaves appear to be the hair of the sculptured head. The decorative sculptured-plant vase includes a head-vase section having a curved outer wall with a circular perimeter rim edge for forming a plant-receiving opening, a plant interior chamber and a bottom wall having a stabilizing plug member extending therefrom; the plug member having at least one drainage hole opening formed therein; the plant interior chamber for receiving potting soil and a plant(s) therein; and a torso-base section having a curved upper wall with a circular perimeter rim edge for forming a plug-receiving opening, and a curved lower wall having a substantially curved perimeter rim edge for forming a bottom base opening and a torso inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Roberta Weiner
  • Patent number: 6136377
    Abstract: The invention utilizes an absorbent non-woven fabric impregnated on one side with vinyl backing for protecting furniture and floor surfaces from moisture emanating from a potted plant situated upon the invention. The non-woven fabric absorbs and holds the moisture in place and promotes evaporation while the vinyl backing provides a non-skid surface and minimizes scratching, staining and damage to the surface underneath the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: RPM, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Sovell
  • Patent number: 6047499
    Abstract: A saucer for a potted plant comprises a bottom wall and a sidewall joined at its lower edge to the periphery of the bottom wall and sealed thereto and defining therewith a reservoir for receiving water for a potted plant supported on the bottom wall of the saucer. A passageway, which may include a nipple, extends through a sidewall of the saucer and joins a first end of a tube; a second, free end of the tube is moveable between an upper position preventing discharge of water from the reservoir therethrough to a lower position permitting controlled discharge of water from the reservoir therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Harry John Staas
  • Patent number: 5819469
    Abstract: A support plate for flower pots in which water is stored and hidden in an open space between an upper plate element and a lower plate element. If too much water accumulates, a drain hole provided in a lower side of an annular peripheral wall surrounding the upper and lower plate elements can be opened by removing a removable stop so as to drain water accumulated in an open space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Che-Kuo Hsu
  • Patent number: 5806241
    Abstract: A self-watering plant holder including a container constructed for holding a quantity of liquid for watering a plant. The container has an opening generally in the top of the container permitting access to the quantity of liquid contained therein, and a first coupling component. The plant holder further includes a pot constructed to hold the plant holder therein. The pot is sized for close-fitting reception in the container opening and includes a second coupling component interengageable with the first coupling component of the container for drawing the pot into tight, substantially sealing engagement with the container thereby to substantially close the opening in the container for preventing liquid in the container from escaping the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Mickey's Mini-Flora Express, Ltd.
    Inventors: William J. Byland, Norwin G. Heimos
  • Patent number: 5778597
    Abstract: A device for supporting potted plants and the like, comprising a saucer and at least one support pin which can be fitted to the rim of the saucer so as to support at its upper part a plant stem or stalk which stretches upwards from a plant pot resting on the saucer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: Sven Klevstad
  • Patent number: 5743045
    Abstract: An improved device for collecting excess water from suspended plant pots is described. A pan has a vertical post disposed in the center thereof, said post having on its top end a horizontal, keyed member with radially extending teeth. A lock ring, having a central opening corresponding to the keyed member, is attached to a spacer that is in turn connected to the bottom of a suspended plant pot. The keyed member may pass through the lock ring when the teeth are properly aligned. The pan may be attached to a pot by inserting the keyed member into the lock ring and then rotating the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Cody C. Hicks
  • Patent number: 5727347
    Abstract: A hanging plant pot support apparatus is provided which supports a standard or conventional plant pot and a moisture barrier from a single point at the plant pot's base. The apparatus includes a single rod member, a plant pot base support nut, and a moisture barrier such as a drip or catch saucer or dish. The apparatus can hang plant pots that already contain soil and have plants growing therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Kathleen R. Sellers
  • Patent number: 5649386
    Abstract: An assembly of a pot for plants and an associated support wherein the pot defines a bottom wall and a surrounding side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall. The support defines a horizontal surface upon which the bottom wall of the pot is positioned. Pin means extend upwardly from this horizontal surface, and at least one opening is defined by the bottom wall of the pot for receiving the pin means. This arrangement secures the pot on the support surface against the influence of wind, jostling, or other dislodging forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Valley View Specialties Co.,
    Inventor: Robert W. Rynberk
  • Patent number: 5644867
    Abstract: A planter for attachment to an object having a base and a planter member. The base and planter having matching receptacles for joining one to the other and the base having a means to receive fasteners for attachment to another object. The planter further having sides with a top edge and lip member defining alternating sculpted surfaces for strengthening and improving the appearance of said planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Inventor: G. Thomas Gay
  • Patent number: 5638638
    Abstract: A flower pot is provided having an upper pot section and a base reservoir section. The upper pot section is formed with an open top, a closed side wall and a slotted or perforated bottom wall. A concave depression is formed on the lower edge of the side wall and outer edge of the bottom wall tapering off upward and inward. Downwardly protruding from the slotted bottom wall of the upper pot section is a shaped footing section adapted to hold both soil and a substantial portion of the flower root system that has its own closed side walls and a bottom wall. A footing section extends down below the side wall of the base section. The downward protruding footing is perforated to allow water deposited in the base section to enter up into the roots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Missry Associates Inc.
    Inventor: Morris Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 5622004
    Abstract: A growing system, comprising a container for liquid, a container for growing medium and a wick for transporting water between them, provides a low maintenance, low water usage, self-watering planter. The wick, cut from an extended, continuously manufactured length, may comprise a plastic net and omni-directional, long-fiber sphagnum moss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Nashua Industrial Machine Corp.
    Inventor: Lester Gidge
  • Patent number: 5582380
    Abstract: A support device or load-bearing elevator and system including a plurality of such devices or elevators, for use in connection with a space or spaces between adjacently-mounted deck members is described. Each device or elevator may be selectively placed in a space between two adjacent deck members for supporting objects generally above the deck members. Each device includes a space-occupying portion which extends generally into the space and an elevated portion which is joined to the space-occupying portion and extends generally away therefrom. The elevated portion defines a surface upon which objects may be placed for support generally above the deck members. The system, which includes a plurality of such devices, may be utilized in connection with one or more spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Stephen E. Hagen
  • Patent number: 5581937
    Abstract: A plant watering apparatus includes a base portion and an outer wall portion projecting upward from the base portion. The base portion and the outer wall portion define a water storage chamber. A cover portion projects inward from the outer wall portion. A well portion projects downward from the cover portion into a portion of the water storage chamber. The well portion includes an aperture-containing portion which permits a quantity of water in the water storage chamber to flow into the well portion. The well portion includes a well wall portion projecting downward from the cover portion and a well floor portion connected to the well wall portion for receiving a plant container. The well floor portion includes a plurality of apertures. The outer wall portion has an outer wall height above the base portion. The well floor portion is supported by the well wall portion at a floor height above the base portion such that the outer wall height is greater than the floor height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Darrell O. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 5564226
    Abstract: The plant container is a hollow, taper-shaped container, which has a larger top end and a smaller bottom end. A circular bottom edge is connected to the inner side rim of the bottom end of the container. A flat, round removable bottom wall is set to rest on the bottom edge to enclose the bottom end of the container. The matching plant stand is a larger hollow, cylindrical structure. A cross wall is connected horizontally to the inner side wall of the plant stand to make a shallow tray on one end and a deep bowl on the other end. An adjustable bracing post member is connected vertically to a center of the cross wall of the bowl side. For an ordinary application, the plant container can be set on the shallow tray side of the plant stand during growing and decorating a type of plant. For an ejecting and setting means, the plant container can be rearranged to set on the bracing post of the bowl side of the plant stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: Sam Paramest
  • Patent number: 5501040
    Abstract: A decorative, terraced planter provides separate plant beds in individual compartments defined within an integrally formed housing of rigid, unitary construction. Each compartment can hold plants and soil separately from those in the other compartments, so that a mix of plants having differing soil and watering needs can be grown together within the planter. The compartments have holes at their bottoms to permit excess water to escape, and the planter preferably has a drip pan beneath the housing to catch the excess water. Stand-offs between the housing and the drip pan permit evaporation of water from the drip pan. Preferably, the tops of the compartments are at different levels, so as to form tiers or rows of plant beds, one above another, much like those of a hillside, terraced garden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventors: Kimberly L. White-Wexler, Richard T. Wexler
  • Patent number: 5481826
    Abstract: An improved planter apparatus for holding soil and plants and the like comprising a container and a base releasably securable to the bottom of the container. The container and base are provided with press-fit locking means for connecting the base to the container. The base is convertible such that it functions as a tray in an upright configuration and as a pedestal when inverted. Downwardly depending capillary wells project from the bottom of the container into association with reservoirs disposed within the base in both of its convertible configurations. The dimension of the base is such that, when the base is attached to the container in its upright configuration, multiple planters can be nested. The nestability of the apparatus provides for convenient handling of multiple planters as well as commercial packaging and transportation cost benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Contico International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dickinson, Bradley D. Gale
  • Patent number: 5482178
    Abstract: The receptacle embodying the invention comprises an elastically deformable tubular element prolonged by a tubular portion so as to enable it to be turned upwards in order to constitute an annular pan beneath the receptacle that can be assimilated with a saucer. This foot is further equipped with a hinging means designed to enable the foot to be deformed, by having at least two stable annular pan-shaped conformations, according to a bistable conformation process with reversal of concavity, after passing two fulcrums. This receptacle can be used as a horticultural pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Soparco
    Inventor: Philippe Cohu
  • Patent number: 5461825
    Abstract: A pot for culturing a plant, particularly bulbous plants from which sprouts elongate while stem roots stretch out such as Liliaceae wherein the plant can grow upright in good condition, has a good appearance, and moreover, the grown plant may not fall down and assure a satisfactory number of flowers.In other words, a pot for culturing plants has a lid having a stem opening at the center, a guide tube having openings for the passage of stem roots and a pot having a side wall and a bottom portion, wherein the lid is attached onto the upper edge of the pot with the pot combined with the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Assignees: Japan Tobacco Inc., JT AGRIS Corp.
    Inventors: Junko Daimon, Yasuo Takeda, Katsunori Kodama
  • Patent number: 5444940
    Abstract: A decorative, terraced planter provides separate plant beds in individual compartments defined within an integrally formed housing of rigid, unitary construction. Each compartment can hold plants and soil separately from those in the other compartments, so that a mix of plants having differing soil and watering needs can be grown together within the planter. The compartments have holes at their bottoms to permit excess water to escape, and the planter preferably has a drip pan beneath the housing to catch the excess water. Stand-offs between the housing and the drip pan permit evaporation of water from the drip pan. Preferably, the tops of the compartments are at different levels, so as to form tiers or rows of plant beds, one above another, much like those of a hillside, terraced garden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventors: Kimberly L. White-Wexler, Richard T. Wexler
  • Patent number: 5430973
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an improvement in the configuration of flower pots, and, more particularly, a flower pot with a novel design for allowing said flower pot to be moved easily for purposes such as allowing the plant to be exposed to more sunlight and facilitating rearrangement. The flower pot pertaining to the present invention is characterized by the fact that the bottom of the flower pot fabricated by molding is equipped with a supporting assembly, that the upper part thereof corresponds to the rim of the bottom of the flower pot, forming a concave unit, that said concave unit is equipped with drain holes of an appropriate size, and that said supporting assembly possesses a water-collection tray that can be drawn out to facilitate the employment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Shih-Lung Luo
  • Patent number: 5430972
    Abstract: An indoor plant growing apparatus includes a hood disposed above an open-top plant receptacle for plants and a soilless medium. The hood contains optional lighting to provide illumination for a growing plant. A water reservoir is disposed below the plant receptacle and a wick is provided near the base of the container to draw liquid such as water and nutrients to plant materials with the receptacle. A dispensing bottle provides a metered discharge of fluid into the reservoir, thus extending the maintenance intervals required. The receptacle is releasably joined to the base to allow cleaning of the plant and/or soilless medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Inventor: Richard A. Wianecki