Stand For Holding A Plant Or Growing Medium Receptacle Patents (Class 47/39)
  • Patent number: 10234876
    Abstract: A system for growing plants, the system may include a substrate having one or more weakened areas or openings: one or more grow portions coupled to the substrate and situated at the one or more weakened areas or openings and having at least one seed or plant; and/or a fluid distribution portion coupled to the substrate and configured to provide fluid to the one or more grow portions. The system may further include a method of operation including one or more acts of: obtaining a weather forecast for a future time period; determining whether rain is expected during the future time period; and preventing, terminating, or restricting an irrigation cycle when it is determined that rain is expected during the future time period. The restricting may restrict a flow of liquid during the irrigation cycle or shorten the irrigation interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Victor A. Grossman
  • Patent number: 10188047
    Abstract: A plant labeling system includes an adjustable, malleable support made of weather-resistant material, a tag made of weather-resistant material removably secured to the support and a label removable affixed to the tag corresponding to a predetermined type of plant. The system may also include an electronic identification beacon removably attached to at least one of the support, tag or label. A method for manufacturing a plant labeling system includes preparing a malleable support made of weather-resistant material having one end configured to stake into the ground; mixing malleable material that becomes weather resistant when cured; rolling out the malleable material onto sheets having a support matrix; cutting malleable material to predetermined size and shape for plant tag; integrating the malleable material with the support; shaping resulting integrated material and support into predetermined size and shape; and curing the integrated material and support into the finished labeling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Dina Russell
  • Patent number: 10111393
    Abstract: A plant pot assembly includes a plant pot defining an inner volume, having an upper pot edge and including a mounting flange. A plurality of peripheral stakes attached to the mounting flange extend upwardly therefrom around the upper pot edge. The mounting flange defines a plurality of stake mounting holes, and each of the plurality of peripheral stakes includes a lower stake portion received in a respective one of the plurality of stake mounting holes. The plant pot assembly further includes a drainage system and a feeding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Frank Escobedo
  • Patent number: 10098288
    Abstract: A plant pot assembly includes a plant pot defining an inner volume, having an upper pot edge, and including a mounting flange. A plurality of peripheral stakes attached to the mounting flange extend upwardly therefrom around the upper pot edge. The mounting flange defines a plurality of stake mounting holes, and each of the plurality of peripheral stakes includes a lower stake portion received in a respective one of the plurality of stake mounting holes. The plant pot assembly further includes a drainage system, at least one elevation blocks and at least one working table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Frank Escobedo
  • Patent number: 10076196
    Abstract: A device is disclosed including a pot stand configured to hold a plant within a pot. The device includes a first platform configured to hold the pot and to permit runoff water from the pot to drain through the first platform and a second platform rigidly attached below the first platform holding a removable runoff collection container collecting water from the first platform, wherein the runoff collection container is removable without moving the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher James Westbrooks
  • Patent number: 10076090
    Abstract: Growing systems may include a number of modular growing chambers adapted to be configured in a stacked arrangement with each growing chamber surrounding a corresponding portion of the plant. The grow chambers may be selectively added or removed during plant growth, such that different sections of the growing plant may be influenced differently using aeroponic, hydroponic or other growing techniques. The grow chamber stack may be portable and provided with integrated or independent lifting devices to assist an operator in adding or removing chambers from the stack. Three growing processes may be facilitated using such systems. These include a process for producing assorted product from a single plant for simultaneous harvest, a process for producing an extended harvest of a desired size product from a single plant, and a process for extending the productive life of a plant and provide for multiple, continued, and perpetual harvest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Massivia Grow Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Timothy E. Joseph
  • Patent number: 9901046
    Abstract: A method of irrigating a saline aquaculture system to control pests is described herein. The method includes acquiring a second set of environmental condition data on a computing device using a sensor coupled to a platform, such that the platform is configured to grow a salt-tolerant plant therein; comparing the second set of environmental condition data to a first set of environmental condition data acquired at a previous time point; determining whether freshwater accumulation has increased or will increase at a future time point on a surface of the platform; when it is determined that the freshwater accumulation on the surface of the platform has increased or will increase relative to the previous time point, activating a saltwater distribution device coupled to the platform; and reducing an accumulation of one or more of: insects, caterpillars, fungi, and bacteria on the surface of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Marine Agrifuture, LLC
    Inventors: Wenhao Harold Sun, Hongzhe Michael Sun
  • Patent number: 9848545
    Abstract: Growing systems may include a number of modular growing chambers adapted to be configured in a stacked arrangement with each growing chamber surrounding a corresponding portion of the plant. The grow chambers may be selectively added or removed during plant growth, such that different sections of the growing plant may be influenced differently using aeroponic, hydroponic or other growing techniques. The grow chamber stack may be portable and provided with integrated or independent lifting devices to assist an operator in adding or removing chambers from the stack. Three growing processes may be facilitated using such systems. These include a process for producing assorted product from a single plant for simultaneous harvest, a process for producing an extended harvest of a desired size product from a single plant, and a process for extending the productive life of a plant and provide for multiple, continued, and perpetual harvest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Massivia Grow Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy E. Joseph
  • Patent number: 9769991
    Abstract: The present invention provides a planting container capable of sufficiently and stably supply planting water to a rhizosphere where roots of a plant grow, securing as large a space as possible for the rhizosphere, and further accelerating the growth of the stem or leaves of the plant. The planting container comprises a planting container body 1 including a planting space 2 having an opening at a front portion thereof to allow a plant to grow, a reservoir 8 for planting water that is provided in a lower part of the planting space 2, and a water-absorbing planting bed placed within the planting space 2 with a bottom portion thereof being positioned in the reservoir 8 for absorbing planting water retained in the reservoir 8 to cultivate the plant, wherein the container further comprises a receiving surface 10 for receiving the planting bed within the planting space 2 formed as an inclined surface that is raised progressively toward the opening and is lowered progressively away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Masaki Hashimoto, Hironobu Ota, Norio Kanayama
  • Patent number: 9743597
    Abstract: A hydroponic rotating drum device comprising a hydroponic drum assembly rotatably mounted on a framework assembly and comprising multiple arrays of plant module configurations disposed through exterior openings of a rotating drum of the assembly; an external fluid injector system; an external drain system disposed in a sequential circumscribing configuration, a plurality of sector end light reflectors, and a plurality of longitudinally extending and radially outwardly projecting growth lighting devices operatively coupled to the drum for rotation therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Glen S. Thomas, Garret N. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9706719
    Abstract: The water containment system(s) disclosed herein may include one or more trays operably connected by piping. In some implementations, the trays may be configured to support plants thereon and to catch water used to irrigate these plants. In this way, the collected water may be reclaimed and reused. In some implementations, the water containment system may help prevent water from leaking onto adjacent surfaces. In this way, a potential water hazard may be eliminated. In some implementations, each tray may include a housing with at least one grate covering an interior opening. In some implementations, the housing of each tray may have one or more sloped surface located within its interior. In some implementations, a drain may be located at or near the lowest point within the interior of the housing. In this way, water flowing through the interior of a tray's housing may drain out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Ryan Haas
  • Patent number: 9420750
    Abstract: The present invention is a wall-surface flower bed structure, wherein work efficiency is better, root damage when plants are transferred is prevented, and the designability of the wall-surface flower bed is improving. This wall-surface flower bed structure (1) is provided with: a plant-holding pot (4) for holding a plant, a plurality of through holes for water passage being formed in a bottom surface and side surface thereof, and the root section of the plant being covered with a water-permeable material (3) that allows permeation of water; and a box body (2) that has an opened upper surface and has an inclined section (2a) for the placement of a plurality of the plant-holding pot (4), a water-collecting section (2b) for collecting water at the lower end side of the inclined section (2a), and a water outlet for discharging water that is not collected in the water-collecting section (2b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Takami Ito, Erika Miyazaki, Mitsuyo Ookawa
  • Patent number: 9359759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ecological construction system for buildings with green walls. The system is based on the provision of an integral wall structure, one of the section of which comprises concrete and steel reinforced formwork as the main supporting structure, while the remaining part of the section comprises hollow cavities and arrangements of punched sections on the front or rear surface thereof, with drip-irrigation pipes and nozzles being provided therein. Plastic containers are housed in, and fixed to the punched arrangements distributed on the front or rear wall, which containers form a means for supporting natural or artificial substrates (soil, mineral fibers or wools) and also for the cultivation of plants, a channel being provided in the lower part of the wall structure for collecting, filtering and conveying water to a container for reincorporating said water into the irrigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ELEVEN SOLUTIONS RFE S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventor: Eduardo Lopez Otamendi
  • Patent number: 9298134
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to securely close a discharge port of a toner cartridge by a shutter. The shutter to close the discharge port is provided with shutter-side coupling portions. A toner cartridge holding member is provided with holding member-side coupling portions which are coupled with the shutter-side coupling portions and close the discharge port by sliding the shutter according to movement of a toner accommodating portion, holding coupling portions to restrict movement of the toner cartridge in a direction in which coupling of the holding member-side coupling portions is released, and holding member-side inducing portions which induces the toner cartridge in a direction in which coupling with the shutter-side coupling portions is released after the discharge port is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuriko Okubo, Hirokazu Murase
  • Patent number: 9282699
    Abstract: An irrigation system that includes a carriage may move along a predetermined path in a reciprocal manner. The carriage supports one or more exit ports that are fed plant growth material by a pressurized delivery arrangement. One or more plant stands are configured and arranged to straddle the carriage as it moves along the predetermined path. The one or more plant stands form a chamber into which plant roots may extend, and into which the one or more exit ports are able to discharge their plant growth material. The one or more plant stands may include side panels and a cap to reduce infiltration of light and contaminants, and to enhance the plant root-plant growth material interface and absorption rates. The carriage and/or the plant stand(s) may include friction reducing elements that facilitate transverse movement. The carriage and/or the plant stand(s) may be supported by a modular framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LIVING GREENS FARM, INC.
    Inventors: Dana Anderson, Allen James, Michael Gramse
  • Patent number: 9131646
    Abstract: A green wall planting support apparatus includes at least one plant support structure and a plurality of baskets. The plant support structure includes a vertical main plate that has a plurality of basket hanging portions. A water supply unit includes at least one main pipe connected to a water source, and a branch unit that is coupled to the main pipe and that has a plurality of watering conduits. Each basket has a basket body with a receiving space. The basket body has a basket hanger portion that is detachably connected to one of the basket hanging portions. The watering conduits convey water into the receiving spaces of the baskets, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald Sung
  • Patent number: 9089234
    Abstract: A beverage container holder adapted to hold a wide variety of containers including cups, bottles, mugs, and tumblers. The device preferably includes a base, an upright extending upward from the base, and a receiver near the top of the upright. The receiver preferably includes a cup holder which is preferably made detachable so that it may be washed in a dishwasher. The height of the receiver with respect to the base is adjustable in the present invention. The rotation of the receiver with respect to the base is preferably also made adjustable. The adjustment mechanism may preferably be activated using only one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Scott Webb
  • Patent number: 9003700
    Abstract: A central housing in a generally rectilinear configuration. The central housing has a horizontal open top, a horizontal open bottom and side walls. A horizontal lower divider panel is between the top and the bottom. Lateral openings in the housing are located in the lower section of the upstanding side walls adjacent to the bottom extent. A plurality of interchangeable upper components is chosen from the class including a cover having seat and table top on the top and bottom of the planar surfaces, an ice chest a large planter, an upper horizontal divider panel and an ice chest. The upper components are adapted to be selectively positioned on the open top and depend into the upper component. A plurality of lower components is chosen from the class including doors and casters. A lateral opening is formed in the housing adjacent to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Publication number: 20150082694
    Abstract: A potted plant holder features a number of post pieces that assemble to form a post structure that supports a number of hubs thereon, which in turn each support a number of branch-like supports. A reduced diameter end of each post piece nests within the other end of another post piece for easy assembly. Each branch has a simple wire structure with a bent end configured to form two parallel legs jutting perpendicular to the branch length for receipt of the legs in an outer opening of the hub around the post. A pot-size adapter features a ring of smaller diameter than an integral pot-supporting ring of the branch and hangers that suspend the smaller ring therefrom. A watering system features ring-shaped conduits that fit over the different levels of branches and branch conduits running outward along the branches of each level from the respective ring-shaped conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Keith Ganske
  • Patent number: 8978294
    Abstract: A stackable holder for a potted plant has a top having a central opening and a plurality of legs extending from the top. A plurality of flexible flaps may extend inward from the central opening, and be frangibly joined to each other along a length of the flap. The stackable holder has a plurality of connectors attached to the top and/or the legs, which may connect multiple stackable holders side-by-side in a row. The stackable holder is configured so that it may be stacked upon a second stackable holder, allowing the stackable holders to be tightly packed for storage or shipment. The stackable holder may have a planter body having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base to form a cavity. The planter body may be attached to the stackable holder or may be removable. The planter body may have a lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Patent number: 8978295
    Abstract: A self-adjusting, self-actuating and clamping apparatus employing only non-elastic material parts for vertically or approximately vertically and also downwardly securing Christmas trees or, more generically, other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, to be secured vertically or approximately vertically and downwardly such that in the specific case of the Christmas tree the apparatus can accommodate various sized tree trunks as well as various peripherally/externally configured tree trunks. More specifically, when the apparatus is employed to secure a Christmas tree, or other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, the stability of the Christmas tree, or other items configured similar to the Christmas tree trunk, is increased. In addition, the apparatus can be mounted on a turn-table so as to facilitate the process of decorating the Christmas tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Alan Bard, Douglas Aaron Bard
  • Patent number: 8966815
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for growing and distributing living food crops to an intended recipient prior to harvesting that includes the utilization of a production unit to grow the food crops and a transportation cart to efficiently deliver the production units. This method prevents critical losses of nutritional content resulting from extended periods of non-consumption subsequent to harvesting. Additionally, the foods created and distributed by this method have increased aesthetic appeal to the consumer and enhanced natural taste. The novel method includes planting and growing the desired food crops in production units, transporting the production units, using a novel transportation cart, to an intended recipient once the crop reaches a predetermined ripeness, and mounting the production units at a recipient desired location. The food crops remain in the production units until ready for use, purchase, or consumption, at which point the food crops are harvested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: David Smiles
  • Publication number: 20150007497
    Abstract: A decorative plant stand that allows the caretaker to remove collected water from the plant without having to lift or remove the plant from the floor or the plant stand. The plant stand comprises a platform comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, and a thickness therebetween, the platform at least one opening in the top surface extending through the entire thickness; a rail assembly positioned below the bottom surface of the platform and fixedly attached to the platform, the rail assembly comprising at least one channel; and a removable tray slidably disposed within the at least one channel, wherein any plant water and other debris that leak from the pot through the opening in the top surface are collected within the removable tray for disposal. A method for draining water from the plant, which is collected in the tray, is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Steven P. Delp II
  • Publication number: 20140366436
    Abstract: A pot support adapted to be secured on the ground for receiving and maintaining a pot therein in a desired position in respect with the ground is presented. The pot support comprising including a ground-securing member adapted to secure the pot support to the ground. A kit thereof is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alain BRODEUR
  • Publication number: 20140318007
    Abstract: A system for raising and lowering objects includes a carriage subsystem with a tubular body having an interior central channel an inner diameter greater than the outer diameter of an elongated tubular support structure. A plurality of guides facilitate linear translation of the carriage on the vertical structure without marring. At least one hook on the carriage pivots to engage a slot on the support structure for locking the carriage in a raised position. Objects are attached to a flange on the carriage. A winch and cable control motion of the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: James Hogan
  • Patent number: 8839553
    Abstract: A kit for a planter is disclosed that has a polygon shape and has a selected number of sides and a same selected number of corners. The kit includes a selected number of bottom corner brackets, a selected number of corner beads, a selected number of top corner brackets, a selected number of top frame corner brackets, and a selected number of pairs of spacer runners that each correspond to the selected number of corners. The kit also includes a planter tub sized to fit within a planter body. The brackets and spacer runners are configured to be connected together to form a skeleton to which boards can be attached to form the planter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Toro
  • Patent number: 8807514
    Abstract: An accessory attachment system for securing a dish such as a water feeder as well as a hook for hanging various items to a stake. The accessory attachment system generally includes clamp member adapted to be removably secured to a stake. An attachment member is provided which is secured at a first end to the clamp member. A second end of the attachment member includes a hook member for suspending a hanging plant as well as a horizontal portion adapted to retain a dish member thereon via use of a dish mount member. A dispenser holder extending from the dish member may be utilized to support a dispenser such as a bottle, which will automatically feed the dish member with its contents due to force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Paul R. Giauque, Hailey M. Giauque
  • Patent number: 8776431
    Abstract: A planter with adjustable legs particularly adapted to growing plants such as flowers and vegetables, comprises a planter basin, three adjustable legs, and a plurality of basin apertures and corresponding plant support plates. The planter comprises a generally rectangular shape with side walls and a center opening. The basin apertures and slotted support plates provide a means to grow plants in an inverted manner. The legs are telescopingly adjustable which allows use of the planter on an uneven ground surface as well as allowing the user to raise the planter as necessary while growing the inverted plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Danny R. Wiseman, Tresa Wiseman
  • Publication number: 20140182202
    Abstract: A supportive device and mounting system for positioning potting or planting systems on a support surface and enabling convenient and secure location, adaptive replacement and optional irrigation use. A base support member is secured to a structural support system. An insert member is adaptive positioned within the based support member enabling a smooth transition to the structural support system. Alternative irrigation systems operably interconnect each base support, member for improved convenience. A method for installing, modifying and operating the supportive device and mounting system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Wellspring Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Eric WILMOT
  • Patent number: 8756859
    Abstract: A stackable elevated planter has a rectangular or oval body that holds potting soil. Two or four legs sockets are attached to and extend away from the bottom of the planter body to define a rectangle. Legs are provided such that each leg has one end sized to fit within one of the leg sockets. The legs have a length less that the length of the rectangle and an average width which is less than one fourth of the width of the rectangle such that the four legs can be laid next to one another within the planter body and a similar second planter will fit within that planter. The body of the second planter may be positioned over the four legs such that the leg sockets of the second planter body extend beyond the four legs and the leg sockets of the second planter may rest on the top surface of the base of the first planter. An optional shelf that fits within the planter body for storage and is attached to the legs when the planter is assembled may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Adams Mfg. Corp.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Publication number: 20140165468
    Abstract: Systems and associated apparatus and methods are described for growing plants in a dense and efficient manner in an indoor environment using artificial light. The systems are configured to hold a high density of plants at a relatively close, substantially fixed distance from a light fixture that provides artificial light for growth of the plants. As the plants grow, the plants are transferred to one or more following stations or stages, each of which is configured to hold the now larger plants at the same relatively close, substantially fixed distance from a light fixture. By providing multiple stages to accommodate plant growth, and maintaining the close positioning of the plants to the light fixtures, the impact of the artificial light on the growth of the plants is maximized and the efficiency of the electrical energy use is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: GARDEN FRESH FARMS, INC.
    Inventors: David ROESER, Bryan ROESER
  • Publication number: 20140109473
    Abstract: A green wall planting support apparatus includes at least one plant support structure and a plurality of baskets. The plant support structure includes a vertical main plate that has a plurality of basket hanging portions. A water supply unit includes at least one main pipe connected to a water source, and a branch unit that is coupled to the main pipe and that has a plurality of watering conduits. Each basket has a basket body with a receiving space. The basket body has a basket hanger portion that is detachably connected to one of the basket hanging portions. The watering conduits convey water into the receiving spaces of the baskets, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Gerald Sung
  • Publication number: 20140083003
    Abstract: A stackable holder for a potted plant has a top having a central opening and a plurality of legs extending from the top. A plurality of flexible flaps may extend inward from the central opening, and be frangibly joined to each other along a length of the flap. The stackable holder has a plurality of connectors attached to the top and/or the legs, which may connect multiple stackable holders side-by-side in a row. The stackable holder is configured so that it may be stacked upon a second stackable holder, allowing the stackable holders to be tightly packed for storage or shipment. The stackable holder may have a planter body having a base and at least one sidewall extending from the base to form a cavity. The planter body may be attached to the stackable holder or may be removable. The planter body may have a lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: ADAMS MFG. CORP.
    Inventor: William E. Adams
  • Patent number: 8661730
    Abstract: The present invention provides a versatile flower container includes a base, a top cover, a carrying container placing on the top of top cover and a sensing device placing in the base, the carrying container has a concave space can be used to accommodate the sponge, floral and water, the sensing device includes an electronic control panel, two humidity detection rod, a number of lamps and speakers, the two humidity detection rods are through the top cover and inserting into the sponge in the concave space, thereby they can detect the humidity values of the sponge, the lamps and the speaker can be activated to produce light and sound and then generate warning effect when the humidity values are not enough in the carrying container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Hsin-Ming Chen
  • Publication number: 20130333281
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for growing plants having a garden structure comprised of a plurality of interconnected trellis panel frames made of frame segments which are connected together by fittings, with attached soil containers for growing plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: EFCO INC.
    Inventor: Efraim Donitz
  • Patent number: 8561345
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a plant is described. The apparatus includes a first substantially horizontal member that engages a first surface of a structure at a first vertical position. A second substantially horizontal member engages a second surface of the structure at a second vertical position that is lower than the first vertical position. The first surface is opposite to the second surface. A frame is coupled to the second substantially horizontal member and is shaped to support a pot containing the plant. The weight of the supported plant urges the first substantially horizontal member against the first surface of the structure and urges the second substantially horizontal member against the second surface of the structure, thereby securing the apparatus to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: James Vincent Armas
  • Publication number: 20130255149
    Abstract: A supporting device for cultivating plants has developed to easily shuttle-wise relocate the flowerpots on the upper surface of a storing member. The device is comprised of: a water storage unit; a water supplying pipe line for supplying the water; multi-stage of the plant cultivating units; the supporting panels abutted each other to cover the top surface of the plant cultivating unit; a plurality of water supplying holes formed on the supporting panels for supplying the water to the flowerpots, which are placed anywhere on the panel; and a plurality of plugs for blocking the water supplying holes. The device also has designed to avoid the dirt washout from the pot while the water overflows. Therefore, it will protect the water circulation pump i.e. supplying means from out of order. The shield covers the plant cultivating unit to prevent the water contamination by avoiding the deposit of the dust from room air or fallen leaves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Gisun Jung
  • Patent number: 8523118
    Abstract: A method for forming a collapsible plaque for holding floral objects is disclosed. The collapsible plaque may be used with a casket or headstone for display of a floral object thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Wanda M. Weder & William F. Straeter
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 8453379
    Abstract: A central housing is provided in a generally rectilinear configuration. The central housing has a horizontal open top, a horizontal open bottom and side walls. A horizontal divider panel is provided between the top and the bottom. A plurality of interchangeable upper components is chosen from the class of upper components. The class of upper components include a cover, a seat, a small planter and a large planter. The upper components are adapted to be selectively positioned on the open top and depend into the upper component. A plurality of lower components is chosen from the class of lower components. The class of lower components includes a base and casters. The base is adapted to receive and support the bottom of the housing. A lateral opening in the housing is provided adjacent to the bottom for storage of selected upper components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Sivathanu B. Kumar
  • Patent number: 8381435
    Abstract: An adjustable plant pot support for supporting a plant pot on an underlying surface. The support has a substantially rigid body having top and bottom surfaces and an outer perimeter surface. The top surface is adapted to support a portion of the plant pot and the bottom surface is adapted to be seated on the underlying surface. The body has male and female elements that are adapted to be interconnected with the corresponding male and female elements of an additional plant pot support. The supports are vertically stackable and have a retaining wall extending vertically from the top surface to provide a guide against which to place the bottom of the plant pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Austin Rand, Ron Aloni
  • Patent number: 8375632
    Abstract: Planter systems allow for the raising, lowering, holding, locking and releasing of a planter on a vertical support structure. The planter assembly may include a carriage, to which one or more planters is attached. Guides such as cables, rollers, sliders, bristles, gaskets, carpet and registration pins maintain space between the vertical support and planter assembly and facilitate raising and lowering. A tether guided over a pulley may be retracted or extended by winding it around or unwinding it from a winch, cleat or windlass to causes the planter assembly to rise or descend. When raised to a locking height, the planter assembly causes a mechanical locking mechanism associated with the planter assembly to move into a locking position, securing the planter assembly to the vertical support. Further raising releases the locking mechanism. Attachable items such as banners, flags, hangers and the like may be coupled to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: James Hogan
  • Patent number: 8371473
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to mechanics, and more specifically, to a potting system. In one embodiment, the invention includes a potting system including one or more bands; and one or more pots configured to suspend from the one or more bands. In a further embodiment, the one or more pots configured to suspend from the one or more bands includes one or more pots configured to link with adjacent pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventors: Richard C Scribner, Harold W Swartz
  • Publication number: 20130025196
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate generally to a system for displaying plants. The system includes a tray and at least one grow pot with a protruding wick. Grow pots are easily and securely placed at an angle in the tray for display of foliage. The grow pots are easily rearranged and replaced without plant removal from the grow pot. Trays may be stacked together to provide a foliage area. Plants are easily watered by filling a tray to create a reservoir that conserves water. Individual grow pots need not be watered since the wicks take in water to the plant. Messy drainage of plants is avoided by the tray's ability to self-contain the water. Trays may be filled manually or with an automatic watering system. Slots or holes in the tray prevent over watering. Trays may be wall mounted or stacked in carriers. Carriers may have wheels for mobility, and a wheel cover for added appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Steven Decker, Philip Feinman
  • Patent number: 8359789
    Abstract: A plant-growing apparatus has a plurality of rotatable plant-growing modules which can be moved between two positions, separated vertically or horizontally. Each module comprises a cylindrical structure for holding plant-growing containers in which the plants grow radially inwardly of the cylindrical structure toward a light source. The apparatus has module support means for supporting each module and rotating it in a substantially horizontal position. The apparatus has module moving means, for example sprocket driven chains, for conveying the modules between the two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ted Marchildon
  • Patent number: 8358097
    Abstract: A system for controlling a motorized track light system constrained to travel along a track has a control unit coupled to a motor that causes the track light system to move along the track, a plurality of stop sensors strategically disposed along the track, a sensor activation device located on the track light system, the sensor activation device positioned to interface with the stop sensors, and a light sensor for detecting ambient light of a preset level. The system detects a preset level of ambient light, initiating power to the motor of the track light system, moving the lights along the track until the activation device interfaces with a first of the plurality of stop sensors, stopping movement of the track light system along the track for a preset period of time, and at the end of the preset time period, the electrical power is restored to the motor moving the track light assembly along the track to the next of the plurality of stop sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Brent A. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 8356445
    Abstract: A rotating stand includes a turner casing base and a turner casing top rotatably coupled with the turner casing base. A motor drive assembly is coupled with the turner casing base, wherein the motor drive assembly is configured to rotate the turner casing top relative to the turner casing base. A motor controller is coupled with the turner casing base, wherein the motor controller is configured to cause the motor drive assembly to rotate the turner casing top relative to the turner casing base using alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise rotational motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Crystal Mountain Manufacturing
    Inventor: Jason Colquhoun
  • Publication number: 20130014435
    Abstract: A system for growing plants without soil uses removable V-shaped baskets to support plants in a tiered, self-contained unit. Nutrient enriched water is sprayed on the plant roots. The roots are held by perforations in the elongated V-shaped basket and a plant blanket. The unit is multilevel and can be set over an aquarium. The growing shelf can have a worm bag in order to add natural nutrients. Baskets can be comprised of a pair of identical halves that can be readily mutually coupled. Coupling mechanisms can include those that snap together and those providing for a pivoting coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Karen Hansen, Jeffrey Laurence Harlan
  • Publication number: 20130014433
    Abstract: A free-standing support frame (1) for a horticultural growing bag (B) and plants (P) growing therefrom, the support frame comprising a pair of substantially A-shaped uprights (3), held in spaced apart relationship by upper and lower cross-members (5), the lower cross-member being adapted to engage with and support a horticultural growing bag (B) along one of its longitudinal edges. The growing bag is supported such that the bag presents an increase depth of growing media (C) for the roots (R) of the plant (P) to grow therein and form a void (V) over the growth media to retain a volume of water to percolate therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Norman Pratt, Leon Cross
  • Publication number: 20120317879
    Abstract: Platforms, watering systems, greenhouses with watering systems, and methods of watering plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Morgan, Michael Sean Gallant
  • Patent number: 8327582
    Abstract: A vertical hydroponic plant production apparatus for allowing vertical hydroponic greenhouse crop production is provided. The apparatus comprises a hollow grow tube having a front face, a back face, a first end, and a second end. A slot is formed in the front face of the grow tube. A media material is insertable into the grow tube wherein the grow tube is positionable in either a horizontal position, vertical position, or any position between the horizontal position and the vertical position allowing inclined, multi-angled crop production and multi-storied conveyor style crop production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Nathaniel R. Storey