For Transplanting Patents (Class 47/73)
  • Patent number: 9462758
    Abstract: A device for protecting the contents of plant containers comprising a top portion, a cut-out with a semi-circular interior portion, and a channel portion. The interior portion and channel portion are shaped to provide clearance and receive the base or stem of a plant. Embodiments of the device may include grooves and apertures to provide flexibility and drainage and the device also includes the capability to accommodate different styles and sizes of containers along with various plants and shrubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: John Blaha
  • Patent number: 9179608
    Abstract: A bounding system for a transplantable plant including a bounding apparatus and a support tray. The bounding apparatus includes a sheet-like sidewall framework defining a plurality of elongated, spaced sidewall apertures, and a bottom support having a support surface area. The bottom support is includes a sheet-like bottom framework defining a plurality of spaced bottom wall apertures. The bounding system includes a support tray comprised of a relatively solid sheet material, and having a tray top portion and a surrounding sidewall. The tray top portion defines an opening therethrough that is formed and dimensioned for supportive receipt of the bounding apparatus therein such that the bottom support thereof is vertically oriented at least at a sufficient distance above the ground to promote and encourage air root pruning of the transplantable plant proximate the bottom support. The surrounding sidewall and the sidewall framework defines a humidifying airspace therebetween in a manner reducing rapid dry-down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Brian J. Kempf
  • Patent number: 9010020
    Abstract: A plant container assembly, method, and kit include a plant container with a sidewall having first and second sidewall portions, an open top, and an open bottom. A hinge member is on the sidewall between the open top and the open bottom and pivotally connects the first and second sidewall portions for movement between an open position of the plant container, and a closed position of the plant container forming an interior space capable of containing plant growing medium. A closure portion extends along the sidewall between the open top and the open bottom. A plant support cooperatively engages the closure portion and selectively holds the plant container in the closed position. A planar member is configured to be selectively placed within the plant container and supported on a ledge member on each of the first and second sidewall portions to selectively form a bottom closure for the plant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Judith Ann Slusher
  • Patent number: 8978299
    Abstract: A flexible biodegradable package for flower bulbs for holding, storing, transporting and direct planting into the ground a plurality of flower bulbs, wherein said plurality of flower bulbs is placed between a flexible top layer of material comprising biodegradable fibers and a flexible bottom layer of material of material comprising biodegradable fibers, wherein said flower bulbs are separated by inter-bulb areas effected by a pre-selected inter-bulb distance, the bulbs being in a fixed position and a preferred planting orientation, said top layer being glued to the bottom layer at the inter-bulb areas and at the periphery of said layers. The invention also relates to methods of use and manufacturing of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gardenvision International B.V.
    Inventor: Michael Cornelis Pieter van Drunick
  • Publication number: 20140366444
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a propagation container comprising a circumferential wall, which bounds at least two cavities arranged next to one another, each cavity having a center longitudinal axis and the cavities being open to each other along part of the lateral circumferential surface thereof, wherein each cavity has an upper access opening and a bottom, between which upper access opening and bottom of each cavity run at least two retaining ribs that extend substantially vertically and are spaced from each other in the circumferential direction, which retaining ribs protrude radially from the circumferential wall into the associated cavity and define a cylindrical or conical frustrum-shaped accommodating opening centered at the center longitudinal axis of the associated cavity, and the mutual distance of the center longitudinal axes is dimensioned in such a way that the lateral circumferential surfaces of the accommodating openings touch or overlap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Juergen Kubern
  • Patent number: 8887438
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container with cells for plant material, and/or systems and methods involving the transfer of cells containing plant material to larger cells (e.g., without removing the plant material from the cells being transferred to larger cells). The container can be used to transport plant material. The container has cells formed from biodegradable material. The cell itself can hereby be gripped by a transfer unit during a transfer method and this cell can be placed in a larger cell. In addition, the cells of the container can be separated from the rest of the container before the cell is transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Visser 'S-Gravendeel Holding B.V
    Inventor: Anthony Visser
  • Publication number: 20140223814
    Abstract: The invention claim is a garden tool to assist in the removal of planting medium and plant from a planting container. The garden tool comprises a handle having a first end and a second end, a base, and a planting container. The handle and the base are connected forming a L-shape body. The base is placed inside the planting container, and the handle extends above the top of the planting container. The connection between the handle and base may be reinforced by an angle brace. The connection between the handle and base may be hinged. If the connection is hinged, the angle brace prevents the hinge movement. Located on one end of the angle brace is a hook, that connects to the base. In addition, the base has weeping holes to allow the drainage of water. The base also has raised ridges to contain the growing medium when removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Nongphangaa Boonyarit Jensen
  • Patent number: 8656640
    Abstract: A tree balling system automates the current tree balling method and greatly reduces strenuous physical labor. A novel wire basket having projections with hooks is provided for securing the earth ball of a plant for transplantation. Wrapping and tensioning a tensile member around these hooks encloses the projections around the earth ball. A balling station is also disclosed which has a stand for supporting and rotating the wire basket and plant. The balling station includes a tensile member guide and a tensioning component. The balling station is preferably located on a transportable vehicle and is equipped with unloading features for discharging the wrapped earth ball. A powered tensioning device tightens the wire basket around the earth ball. A hook forming device is also disclosed wherein the hook forming device can modify conventional wire baskets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Harry J. Bitel
  • Patent number: 8555546
    Abstract: A modular planting system for roof applications includes a plurality of green roof planter modules each comprising a planter including a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space, and a biodegradable insert including a bottom wall and a plurality of sidewalls that cooperate with the bottom wall to form an interior space, wherein the insert is adapted to retain a plant matter in the interior space of the insert, the plurality of sidewalls of the insert extend above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter, and wherein the plurality of sidewalls of the insert are adapted to retain a plant matter that extends above the plurality of sidewalls of the planter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hortech, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. MacKenzie
  • Publication number: 20130232871
    Abstract: A bounding system for a transplantable plant including a bounding apparatus and a support tray. The bounding apparatus includes a sheet-like sidewall framework defining a plurality of elongated, spaced sidewall apertures, and a bottom support having a support surface area. The bottom support is includes a sheet-like bottom framework defining a plurality of spaced bottom wall apertures. The bounding system includes a support tray comprised of a relatively solid sheet material, and having a tray top portion and a surrounding sidewall. The tray top portion defines an opening therethrough that is formed and dimensioned for supportive receipt of the bounding apparatus therein such that the bottom support thereof is vertically oriented at least at a sufficient distance above the ground to promote and encourage air root pruning of the transplantable plant proximate the bottom support. The surrounding sidewall and the sidewall framework defines a humidifying airspace therebetween in a manner reducing rapid dry-down.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Brian J. KEMPF
  • Patent number: 8484888
    Abstract: Disclosed is an exemplary landscape soil and moisture retaining device. The retaining device may include a wall having a first region and a second region adjacent the first region, the second region inclined relative to the first region, and a flange extending outward from the first region of the wall. The retaining device may further include a raised lip extending from the flange and defining an upper edge of the retaining device. The second region of the wall defining a bottom edge of the retaining device, such that the flange is arranged between the upper and bottom edges of the retaining device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: AMBA Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew M. Butler
  • Patent number: 8443548
    Abstract: A transplantable plant container assembly is provided for containing a growing medium for a plant that significantly promotes air root pruning. The container assembly includes a container device that includes a sidewall support and a bottom support collectively defining an interior cavity. The sidewall support is comprised of a lattice framework defining a plurality of spaced apertures that extend from an interior wall to an exterior wall thereof. A relatively thin, moisture absorbent liner material is disposed adjacent to the lattice framework. The liner material is sufficiently penetrable to enable root penetration therethrough, by the plant, at the apertures. However, the liner material must also have sufficient structural integrity, when moist, to bound the growing medium and moisture across the spaced apertures of the lattice framework when contained in the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Kempf
  • Publication number: 20120291350
    Abstract: A transplantable plant container assembly is provided for containing a growing medium for a plant that significantly promotes air root pruning. The container assembly includes a container device that includes a sidewall support and a bottom support collectively defining an interior cavity. The sidewall support is comprised of a lattice framework defining a plurality of spaced apertures that extend from an interior wall to an exterior wall thereof. A relatively thin, moisture absorbent liner material is disposed adjacent to the lattice framework. The liner material is sufficiently penetrable to enable root penetration therethrough, by the plant, at the apertures. However, the liner material must also have sufficient structural integrity, when moist, to bound the growing medium and moisture across the spaced apertures of the lattice framework when contained in the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Brian KEMPF
  • Patent number: 8112937
    Abstract: A natural growth terrarium utilizes a frustrum shaped lower root growing container having a top opening and a bottom opening and an outwardly tapered sidewall. The terrarium also includes a separate frustrum shaped upper plant stem growing container having a top opening and a bottom opening, and an inwardly tapering sidewall. The bottom opening of the upper container is configured to be removeably attached to the top opening of the lower container, such that when the containers are connected, a plant can be grown in the terrarium and its roots allowed to spread through the lower container and its upper stem allowed to grow within the upper container. When mature, plants grown in the terrarium can be safely and efficiently relocated from the terrarium to the ground where the plants are easily replanted and the terrarium removed for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Lester Byerley, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120005955
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container with cells for plant material, and/or systems and methods involving the transfer of cells containing plant material to larger cells (e.g., without removing the plant material from the cells being transferred to larger cells). The container can be used to transport plant material. The container has cells formed from biodegradable material. The cell itself can hereby be gripped by a transfer unit during a transfer method and this cell can be placed in a larger cell. In addition, the cells of the container can be separated from the rest of the container before the cell is transferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: ANTHONY VISSER
  • Publication number: 20110289838
    Abstract: The invention is a plant container for growing and transplanting plants. More, specifically, the invention is for a plant container that is made of a multi-layered heat pressed root impenetrable materials with a plurality of closure mechanisms that allows a user to more easily remove and transplant a plant as well as monitor plant root growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: TRINON CIRELLO
  • Publication number: 20110277381
    Abstract: A biodegradable container for planting bulbs may include a plurality of layers with pre-positioned bulbs for each layer. Each layer may be a different species or type of bulb so that the depth of the specific bulb is appropriate for each type of bulb when the container is “planted” in the ground. The container may include a partition to separate each layer, and the partition may hold the layer of bulbs in relative position at a suitable depth throughout shipping of the container and eventual planting of the container. The container may include soil that holds the different bulbs in relative position, with or without the partition. The container permits easy planting of a variety of flowers by a consumer without inordinate labor or much concern about depth levels, since the container automatically establishes a suitable depth for each respective type of bulb therein, once the container is properly positioned in the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Bloomaker USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Joep Paternostre, Martinus Verlouw
  • Patent number: 7992345
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for afforestation of recalcitrant land comprising the steps of preparing multiplicity of vegetation containers made of natural wood and having a thickness of 3-8 mm; growing plant seeds in a soil composition composed of sprouting promoter, rooting promoter, fertilizer and peat moss to obtain plant seedlings; placing the plant seedlings into the multiplicity of vegetation containers and airdropping the multiplicity of vegetation containers containing the plant seedlings onto the recalcitrant land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: KNU Industry Cooperation Foundation
    Inventor: Su-Kyoung Chun
  • Patent number: 7963068
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for containing, protecting, isolating, and individually identifying sets of one or more articles in a plurality of compartments such that information related to the sets can be easily and efficiently linked to the set. In an example of the apparatus, the apparatus has a compartment layer, a sealant layer, and indicia which may individually identify compartments. In another example, a method includes taking a compartment layer and sealant layer, loading compartments with sets of one or more articles, closing the compartment layer with the sealant layer, and identifying each compartment for each seed or portion thereof with a positionally-addressable ordered array of indicia on at least one of the layers of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Cope, David Kurth
  • Patent number: 7954277
    Abstract: A container for growing plants has a base and a side wall extending upwardly from the base, for containing a growing medium. An opening is defined in an inclined portion of the side wall, and a rib positioned on the side wall and facing into the container defines a root-guiding angle between the rib and the side wall, the root-guiding angle leading to the opening. Plant roots growing adjacent to the side wall are therefore guided by the root-guiding angle to the opening to be air pruned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: John Newsome Cooley
  • Patent number: 7946078
    Abstract: A plurality of plants of at least one species are planted in starter soil contained in a starter tray. The tray can have a perforated floor with a plurality of reinforcing ribs and one or more walls rising from the floor peripherally. The plants are nurtured in the starter tray long enough to develop entangled roots with an interplant root entanglement that at least partially consolidates the starter soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Alan VanWingerden
  • Publication number: 20100293850
    Abstract: Systems and devices are provided for the handling and transport of plants, cuttings, tissue-cultured plantlets, and/or seeds. Said system comprising a prop-string having one or more prop-tubes affixed thereto and in alignment with the cells of a transplant liner tray. Plant, cuttings, tissue-cultured plantlets, or seeds are positioned within the prop-tubes for transport. Upon transplanting, the prop-tube with the plant, cutting, tissue-cultured plantlet, or seeds therein are positioned within transplant liner tray cells. The prop-tubes will not interfere with rooting or growth of the plant and can be biodegradable or an inert material. Said system facilitates the simultaneous transplant of multiple plants, cuttings, tissue-cultured plantlets, or seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Paul Robert Fisher
  • Patent number: 7810275
    Abstract: A root growth barrier and method for use with transplantable plants is provided. The barrier is a bilayer, comprising an inner layer of a root-tip-trapping material bonded to an outer layer of a root-impenetrable material. The inner layer faces the roots of a plant and serves to trap root tips to promote root branching. When a black or dark-colored inner layer is bonded to a white or light colored reflective outer layer, soil temperatures are lower and water retention is promoted. Such a barrier may be used as a freestanding container for plants or be manufactured into preformed rolls for use in plant pots and containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Lacebark, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 7788850
    Abstract: An in-ground planting pot apparatus for facilitating watering and fertilizing a plant having: a frustro-conical portion having a minimum diameter, a maximum diameter opposite the minimum diameter, and an outer surface; a curved lip portion circumscribing most of the maximum diameter and extending outwardly from, and having an outside diameter greater than, the maximum diameter, the curved lip portion starting on the outer surface and terminating at the same plane formed by the maximum diameter; and an elongated tray portion having a tray bottom that is co-planar with the start of the curved lip portion, and a tray rim starting from the tray bottom and terminating at the same plane formed by the maximum diameter and curved lip portion The apparatus can be inserted into soil with the minimum diameter down and a fraction of the frustro-conical portion remaining above ground, a plant may be planted in the middle, and then water and fertilizer dispensed into the frustro-conical, tray, and lip portions which direct
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: Everett Colburn
  • Patent number: 7774981
    Abstract: The invention includes an improved container and method for growing a plant to be subsequently transplanted. In one embodiment, an upwardly extending container wall is adapted for retaining soil. A plurality gutters are disposed on an interior portion of the container wall. The gutters extend along the container wall to one or more openings, thereby guiding roots to the openings for air pruning the roots. A root guiding surface of the gutter may extend downwardly and outwardly to the container wall, to form a substantially v-shaped gutter. Alternatively, an upwardly extending lip may be disposed on an inner portion of the root guiding surface, forming a substantially u-shaped gutter between the lip, ledge, and the interior portion of the container wall. The gutters may also slope downward in a direction along the container wall to better accommodate the geotropic nature of plant roots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Lacebark, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl E. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 7774980
    Abstract: A hydromulch container medium including a container and a root system disposed in the container. A hydraulically compactable mulch is interspersed between the root system and the container to form a semi-solid container medium around the root system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: George Pierce Nottingham
  • Patent number: 7770325
    Abstract: A method for planting a living fence of different lengths with a height or design which varies, from saplings of different species. The fence can be transported ready for planting in an intended location, with the transport device provided as an integral part of the growth apparatus, and with the transport device intended to protect the fence from damage during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Yoav Kadosh
  • Patent number: 7640695
    Abstract: A planter box for transplanting or removing trees, shrubs, or plant material. The planter box includes four corner members and a first and second channel arranged on each corner member. The box has a plurality of wall members arranged within the channels. A plurality of fastening members are arranged between the corner members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Arbor Pro Tree Service, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Bonahoom
  • Publication number: 20090320367
    Abstract: Embodiments provide methods and apparatuses for supporting various stages of plant growth through layered soils. In embodiments, a soil adapted for supporting a first plant growth phase (e.g. germination) may be proximal, adjacent, or partially surrounded by a second soil adapted for supporting a subsequent growth phase (e.g. a vegetative phase) such that the roots of the plant encounter the second soil as the plant progresses from the first growth phase to the second growth phase. Some embodiments may provide one or more additional soil layers positioned proximal to the second soil, with the additional soil layers adapted to support additional subsequent plant growth phases. Apparatuses suitable for practicing embodiments of such methods are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Smith Herrick Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Mathew S. Smith, John Herrick
  • Publication number: 20090277084
    Abstract: A transplantable plant container assembly is provided for containing a growing medium for a plant that significantly promotes air root pruning. The container assembly includes a container device that includes a sidewall support and a bottom support collectively defining an interior cavity. The sidewall support is comprised of a lattice framework defining a plurality of spaced apertures that extend from an interior wall to an exterior wall thereof. A relatively thin, moisture absorbent liner material is disposed adjacent to the lattice framework. The liner material is sufficiently penetrable to enable root penetration therethrough, by the plant, at the apertures. However, the liner material must also have sufficient structural integrity, when moist, to bound the growing medium and moisture across the spaced apertures of the lattice framework when contained in the interior cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Brian Kempf
  • Publication number: 20090255179
    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: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Wilson A. Felknor
  • Publication number: 20090205250
    Abstract: Method for repotting plants wherein a rootball is moved from a first rootball container to a second rootball container using a planting head. The planting head has legs which legs are provided with pins which may be in a first retracted position and in a second extended position, wherein in a first step the planting head is brought above the rootball surface; in a second step the distance of the distal ends of the legs to the central axis of the planting head is reduced; in a third step the pins are inserted into the rootball; in a fourth step the distal ends of the legs are brought closer together; after which the rootball is taken out of the first rootball container and deposited into the second rootball container. The invention also relates to an apparatus for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: SLUITER TECHNIEK B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Nicolaas Hendrik Sluiter, Arie Dirk Van Malsen
  • Publication number: 20090173002
    Abstract: A plant is grown to maturity in a transplant container and transplanted into a recipient's container. The transplant container has side walls that can be easily detached from the bottom after the transplant container has been placed into the recipient's container above growing media. After the side walls have been removed, growing media is added to a level above the roots. The bottom of the transplant container is easily penetrated by the roots of the plant and is left in the recipient's container with the plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Clark P. Plihal
  • Publication number: 20090107041
    Abstract: A plant pot comprising a base and at least one side wall, the base and the side wall together defining an at least one chamber of fixed dimensions for receiving an at least one plant and a growing medium, wherein a plurality of apertures are formed in the at least one side wall, each aperture permitting passage of a root of the at least one plant from the chamber through the side wall to an exterior of the plant pot. Plants, typically trees, are normally grown in such pots in the ground and their recovery for onward sale is facilitated by the use of such pots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Samuel Hughes, Kenneth Pattison Hendry
  • Publication number: 20090077880
    Abstract: A method for planting a living fence of different lengths with a height or design which varies, from saplings of different species. The fence can be transported ready for planting in an intended location, with the transport device provided as an integral part of the growth apparatus, and with the transport device intended to protect the fence from damage during transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Yoav Kadosh
  • Publication number: 20090038219
    Abstract: A tree balling system automates the current tree balling method and greatly reduces strenuous physical labor. A novel wire basket having projections with hooks is provided for securing the earth ball of a plant for transplantation. Wrapping and tensioning a tensile member around these hooks encloses the projections around the earth ball. A balling station is also disclosed which has a stand for supporting and rotating the wire basket and plant. The balling station includes a tensile member guide and a tensioning component. The balling station is preferably located on a transportable vehicle and is equipped with unloading features for discharging the wrapped earth ball. A powered tensioning device tightens the wire basket around the earth ball. A hook forming device is also disclosed wherein the hook forming device can modify conventional wire baskets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Harry J. Bitel
  • Patent number: 7428798
    Abstract: A plant pot having a wider base than throat and which can be vertically separated into two substantially identical pieces is provided. The plant pot preferably comprises a first pot member and a second pot member that are capable of engaging and disengaging each other. Complementary edges on the first pot member and the second pot member allow such members to define a substantially continuous inner wall when the first pot member and the second pot member are engaged. At least one retainer extends about an outer surface of the plant pot to retain the first pot member and the second pot member in an engaged position. In one embodiment, the first pot member and the second pot member are identical such that they are manufactured from the same mold thereby reducing manufacturing costs and simplifying production of such plant pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventor: William T. Abney, II
  • Publication number: 20080190022
    Abstract: The invention includes an improved container and method for growing a plant to be subsequently transplanted. In one embodiment, an upwardly extending container wall is adapted for retaining soil. A plurality gutters are disposed on an interior portion of the container wall. The gutters extend along the container wall to one or more openings, thereby guiding roots to the openings for air pruning the roots. A root guiding surface of the gutter may extend downwardly and outwardly to the container wall, to form a substantially v-shaped gutter. Alternatively, an upwardly extending lip may be disposed on an inner portion of the root guiding surface, forming a substantially u-shaped gutter between the lip, ledge, and the interior portion of the container wall. The gutters may also slope downward in a direction along the container wall to better accommodate the geotropic nature of plant roots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventor: Carl E. Whitcomb
  • Publication number: 20080120903
    Abstract: A floatable growth tray for the germination of seedlings has a plurality of cells adapted to receive a mixture of a growth median and seeds. The tray has sealed pockets forming air chambers to enable the tray to float. The cells have holes forming openings extending through a bottom surface of the tray permitting water to enter the cells to promote germination of the seeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: David M. Fair, Craig R. Siders
  • Publication number: 20080120906
    Abstract: A hydromulch container medium including a container and a root system disposed in the container. A hydraulically compactable mulch is interspersed between the root system and the container to form a semi-solid container medium around the root system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: George Pierce Nottingham
  • Patent number: 7353635
    Abstract: A tree root ball wrapping apparatus (100) includes a circular platform (109, 113) for supporting a separable, open-frame, root-containment structure (103, 105, 107) having an inverted conical shape. A group of pivot joints (201, 203, 205, 207) are located at an upper section of the root-containment structure for separating the root-containment structure into half sections. In practice, the group of pivot joints can be opened during tree transplantation for providing removal of a root ball from the wrapping apparatus by opening the sections at the group of pivot joints for easily facilitating removal of the wrapping apparatus (100) from within a transplantation hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: William P. Westrate
  • Publication number: 20080028678
    Abstract: A removable plant container for growing and transporting plants having a base member in communication with a lateral support wall. The base member and lateral support wall define a receiving aperture, having a volume V, for receiving the plant and growing media therein At least one removal device is in communication with the lateral support wall, the base member, or both. Actuation of the at least one removal device results in an increase in the volume of the receiving aperture from volume V to volume V?, thereby permitting the removal of the plant and growing media without damage to the plant root system of root ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Banhagel
  • Publication number: 20080022591
    Abstract: A plant pot is provided comprising a first plant pot housing with an open bottom; a first plate member supported by the first plant housing at its open bottom, wherein the first plate member is separated from the plant pot during transplanting; and a second plate member nesting with the first plate member after the first plate member is separated from the plant pot, wherein the first and second plate members are supported by a second plant pot housing also having an open bottom to complete a sequence of transplanting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: Man-Young Jung
  • Patent number: 7210266
    Abstract: A air root pruning container for plants includes a side wall made of a plurality of segments extending in layers above a base wall with each segment having a larger radius as measured from a central axis than the subjacent segment and with the segments being separated from adjacent segments to provide air root pruning openings between the segments; each segment includes outwardly curved wall portions so that the interior wall surfaces will guide root development to an opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Nursery Supplies, Inc.
    Inventors: James H Henry, Elona T Henry
  • Patent number: 7171782
    Abstract: A planter for growing a transplantable plant within dirt or potting soil includes a container for containing dirt or potting soil and which has sidewalls and an interior. The sidewalls defines at least one grow port which provides access to the interior of the container, and the planter further includes a plant insertion sleeve having two side sections which are hingedly connected to one another for hinged movement between opened and closed conditions so that when the sleeve is positioned in its opened condition, the root system of a plant to be transplanted is positionable within one of the side sections of the sleeve, and the side sections can be subsequently moved to a closed condition about the root system to place the plant insertion sleeve and root system in condition for insertion into a grow port of the container for continued growth of the plant within dirt or potting soil contained within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Felknor Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Wilson A. Felknor, Ron C. Hicks
  • Patent number: 7117634
    Abstract: A method of making tree seedling plugs which permits the plug to be transplanted earlier is provided. The tree seeds are planted in a structured soil growing medium, and a miniplug is formed which may is then transferred to a standard size growing cell for further development to form the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Norman R. Pelton
  • Patent number: 6915607
    Abstract: A transplanting system including both methods and specific types of transplant apparatus such as propagule transplant trays(3, 4, 5, 6) addresses the need for the use of a propagule punch machine (8) on a variety of adolescent tray configurations (9, 11, 12, e.g.) and the increased operational efficiency that such enhanced operational capability affords. The system may involve at least one areally continuous propagule tray (3, 4, 5, 6) that is operationally compatible with a numerically significant number of adolescent plant trays. Other embodiments of the invention disclose punch pins (59) for use in a plant punch machine transplanter that are user-detachable and differentially designed so that plant punch elements of a certain design may be installed as part of the machine to customize the transplant process for a given species and transplant modality. The invention also provides for a consultable collection (such as printed documents or an electronic database, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Tagawa Greenhouses, Inc.
    Inventors: George H. Tagawa, Kenneth K. Tagawa, Randall E. Tagawa, William A. Kluth, Fred Naylor Blackmore, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040231242
    Abstract: The present invention has for object a container destined to plants of medium and large size, as well the respective method of manufacture, container that has a shape aiming at the economy of material, the structural reinforcement, in order to withstand the high mechanical demands—mainly during the transportation—and the ease the respective lateral part (12) is provided with two or more handles (121) whose upper part (1211) is tilted relatively to the axe (14) of the container, so that its more external portion is more proximal to the bottom (13) and its more internal portion is more proximal to the mouth of the container, in that the respective bottom (13) is provided with one or more incisions (131) substantially rectilinear, which in case of plurality are substantially parallel to each other, in which at least one of the respective extremes, and preferably both, emerges on the said lateral part (12); and in that the surface constituting the lateral part (12) is totally or partially grooved, the
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Antonio Ventura Ribeiro De Matos
  • Patent number: 6748698
    Abstract: A planting system for regulating the supply of water to a plant comprises a linear (28) for containing a volume of plant growing medium (30), such as soil, and drainage means adapted to drain water from the plant growing medium (30) contained within the liner (28) and convey the drained water to a desired location. A paving system (10) comprises a permeable layer (12) providing an upper surface; at least one supporting substrate layer (20) thereunder which is permeable to liquid, a containment membrane (28) of impermeable material containing said substrate layer (20) for controlled retention of water therein and duct means for allowing the passage of water from the substrate layer (20) to a plant growing medium (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Coventry University
    Inventor: Christopher J. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20030213175
    Abstract: A transplant pot for plants that is formed when two identical pot halves are fastened together. The invention consists of three components; the main body of the invention where parts (side walls, guide tracks, gaskets and fastening mounts) are either molded or affixed to the main body, the fastening screws and the drainage dish which is not required for structural integrity but merely for growing medium drainage. When the two halves of the invention are joined by the screws being tightened through the fastening mounts, which are molded or affixed to the side walls and threaded, the rubber compound gaskets are compressed thus creating a tight seal. When the plant requires transplantation the screws are removed from the fastening mounts to allow the pot halves to be separated. This permits the rooted plant to be removed with minimal disturbance to the plant's root system and other structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Land Edward Rhindress, Paul M. Rhindress