Stand For Holding A Plant Or Growing Medium Receptacle Patents (Class 47/39)
  • Patent number: 7024816
    Abstract: An improved plant container hanger for suspension from a support rail, such as a chain link fence, wherein the device may be partially inserted into the fence links to stabilize the container and position a plant container carried thereby in a stable, substantially horizontal, position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Rickert Marks, Sona Bejdova
  • Patent number: 7020997
    Abstract: A support system for supporting at least one plant contained in a pot is provided comprising a tray having an outer wall, an inner wall defining a receptacle for a pot, and an insulating interstitial space therebetween. The tray may include interlocking means allowing several trays to interlock into a single continuous unit. In another aspect, the present invention provides a support system as described including an integral fluid delivery system for providing a fluid to individual receptacles. A rack system for transporting multiple trays is also provided. In addition, a method of completing an inventory of plants contained in the trays of the invention is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Container Slick, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin B. Thomas
  • Patent number: 7013598
    Abstract: Providing a flower pot, which is rested upon the ground and which may be subjected to lateral forces which could tip the pot, with a retainer in the form of an elongated, vertically arranged, wire rod having an upper portion bent into a downwardly opening hairpin-like hook shape for grasping the upper edge portion of the wall of the pot and a lower stem portion of sufficient length to extend downwardly along the side of the pot and into the ground adjacent the pot. The retainer may be manually inserted into the ground, next to the pot wall, with its upper bent end receiving and gripping the upper edge of the pot wall for holding the pot against tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Theresa N. Powless
  • Patent number: 6983561
    Abstract: A vertical plant stand that is free standing or can be supported by burying its lower end in a base plant pot or in the ground. Pots can be angularly stacked along a central elongate member or hook style appendages can protrude from the central elongate member to mount tilted plant pots. Multiple vertically and/or radially spaced-apart appendages can be included to mount tilted pots like tree branches. The stand can also be configured for mounting a table top to the stand for making an end table, coffee table or other table design. Instead of a table top, a top plant pot may be provided at the upper end of the central elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: William Charles Warren
  • Patent number: 6971204
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a detachable bracket suitable for horizontally supporting a potted plant from a vertical baluster of the type found on outdoor decks and stairways. The potted plant is supported by a cantilever arm which connects to four mutually perpendicular arms which engage all four faces of the baluster. The five arms of the bracket define three planes, and the angles between these planes enable the horizontal orientation of the mounted bracket and secure engagement of the bracket's locking arm with the side of the baluster. The bracket is mounted by orienting the locking arm vertically such that the bracket affords an aperture just wide enough to accommodate the baluster. The front of the bracket is then lowered into a horizontal position in which it can support a potted plant in an upright position. The bracket can be detached from the baluster by reversing this procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: James Gibney
  • Patent number: 6925754
    Abstract: A new vegetation support for supporting the growth of vegetation such as vegetable plants and vines. The inventive device includes an elongate pole with alternating first and second sets of bores through it. The bores of the first set of bores are extended in a first direction while the bores of the second set of bores are extended in a second direction. Inserted through each of the bores is an elongate dowel. An auger member with a top turning portion and a bottom corkscrew portion is inserted into an opening in the bottom of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Brian J. Tearoe
  • Patent number: 6895712
    Abstract: A wire plant cage comprises a matrix of interconnected vertical and horizontal wire members to support a plant and to accommodate plant growth. The wire plant cage has an upper ring and lower ring connected to at least one leg adapted to provide support for the wire plant cage and engage the ground. A ledge, shaped so as to permit application of a downward force by a plant cage user, is formed on each leg to facilitate ground engagement without damage to the ring-leg connections. Loops formed on the top of the legs provide a mechanism for pulling the plant cage out of the ground and handling the cage. The plant cage is shaped so as to provide support to plants growing out of the ground and to support plant containers that are placed within the plant cage interior. The present invention is shaped to facilitate the stacking of a plurality of the plant cages for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Cherokee Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Gunderman, Jerry E. Gunderman, John R. Gunderman, George Wendell Hollenbeck
  • Patent number: 6895713
    Abstract: A vertical plant stand that is free standing or can be supported by burying its lower end in a base plant pot or in the ground. Pots can be angularly stacked along a central elongate member or hook style appendages can protrude from the central elongate member to mount tilted plant pots. Multiple vertically and/or radially spaced-apart appendages can be included to mount tilted pots like tree branches. The stand can also be configured for mounting a table top to the stand for making an end table, coffee table of other table design. Instead of a table top, a top plant pot may be provided at the upper end of the central elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: William Charles Warren
  • Patent number: 6874276
    Abstract: A cage for supporting a growing fruit or vegetable vine comprising a series of concentric rings of ever increasing diameter wherein the rings are secured to a pair of opposed continuous wire loops having legs at the free end to be pushed into the ground, and a handle at the upper extremity of each loop above the cage to facilitate handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Mildred G. Morrison
  • Patent number: 6854210
    Abstract: A unitary elongated member comprises bends at predetermined locations to form an upper ring and a lower ring. A vertical portion connecting the upper ring to the lower ring, orienting the upper and lower rings in a parallel, vertically spaced, horizontally disposed orientation such that the upper and lower rings are centered about a vertical axis. The lower ring has a larger diameter than the upper ring and is adapted rest on the ground or a floor. The elongated member is rigid yet sufficiently malleable to be manipulated by a user to be adjusted to support various sized plant containers. The elongated unitary member may be made of galvanized wire or plastic material resistant to rust. The rings are shaped so as to define an inner volume of the plant support to accommodate the insertion of a plant container housing a plant. The plant container is adapted rest on the upper ring so as to position the plant container above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Cherokee Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Gunderman
  • Patent number: 6843022
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a central support conduit having a hollow fluid passageway. A plurality of downwardly arching arms extend radially outward from the central support conduit for carrying a plant container. A mounting sleeve is carried on the central support conduit that includes a plurality of arm brackets for carrying the arms. A fluid distribution hub is carried by the central support conduit and has a chamber in fluid communication with the hollow fluid passageway, and a plurality of fluid diversion conduits extending radially outward from the chamber. A plurality of watering lines, each carrying a valve to control fluid flow through the lines, extend radially outward from the fluid distribution hub. Each watering line has a source end in fluid communication with one of the fluid diversion conduits, and a nozzle end disposed near a distal end of one of the arms for channeling fluid into the plant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Clarence W. Holley
  • Publication number: 20040216372
    Abstract: A free-standing plant support for use with an open-topped plant container for a growing plant. The plant support has a vertical support member that is rigidly and preferably permanently attached at its lower end to an anchor member which extends horizontally away from the vertical support member. The anchor member is placed into the base of a plant container which is then filled with a mass of plant growth material. The vertical support member is grippable by hand adjacent the upper end. The vertical support member cooperates with the anchor member to facilitate lifting and transportation of the container filled with the mass of growth medium. The vertical support member also cooperates with a de-mountable horizontal support member made of a resilient springy material to contain and support plant material growing within the plant support. The invention also relates to a combination of the plant support with a container for plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventor: Eric Evert Voogt
  • Publication number: 20040181998
    Abstract: According to the invention, as explained above, it is a quite unique invention for gardening and flowerpot producing industry because it enables flowerpots to be placed on the walls or poles of apartments or other buildings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Yong Kwon Cho
  • Patent number: 6725601
    Abstract: A main structure that can be constructed using either solid steel assembly (32) or reinforced concrete assembly (33) acts as the main structural component for new and remodel construction. The main structure whether it uses reinforced concrete assembly (33) or steel assembly is comprised of cells of equilateral size and each cell has a passage between inner and outer wall created using this method of construction. The inner wall uses the passages to secure accompanying structures and systems to a wall that use this structural system. The outer wall uses the passages to secure retaining assembly (34) to the structure. Retaining assembly (34) holds a strata of soil to the wall and creates plateaus along face of outer wall. The plateaus created by securing retaining assembly (34) to main assembly's (32) or (33) give vegetation a place to be planted and secured to a wall that incorporate the construction method of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Nelson Hyde Chick
  • Patent number: 6715232
    Abstract: A flower pot for covering the top of a post has a central capped receiver channel with a square channel extending upward from the bottom of the flower pot, a transition channel extending upward from the square channel, a cylindrical channel extending upward from the transition channel and an upper cap. The flower pot accepts and self-centers on a variety of posts. An optional knock-out in the cap also allows the flower pot to be hung from an overhead support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Frank W. Rice, III
  • Publication number: 20040055212
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a pot stand 10 having a frusto-conical primary region 14 open and sized to receive and support a pot 12. The primary region 14 has a generally skeletal structure for substantially surrounding an exterior surface of the pot 12 and restraining the pot 12 from lateral movement. The skeletal structure also provides a view to the pot 12 through the stand 10 and includes decorative indicia 16 for imbuing an ornamental perspective to the pot 12. A generally planar base 18 extends from the primary region 14 for supporting a bottom surface of the pot 12 and creating a space between the pot 12 and the underlying support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Ward W. Ritter
  • Patent number: 6698136
    Abstract: A planter having a base and a plurality of compartments integrally formed with the base and projecting upwardly from the base. Interior walls of each compartment and a portion of the base enclosed by the interior walls of each compartment define a receptacle for receiving a plant growing medium and for propagating a plant therein. The base extends laterally beyond each of the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Grant Cleveland
  • Publication number: 20040035049
    Abstract: A hanger or stand for flower pots is disclosed. The stand includes a tower having at least one substantially vertical edge. The tower is configured to stand upright on a substantially horizontal surface. At least one support notch is provided in the tower along the substantially vertical edge. The support notch is configured to receive a portion of an upper rim of a flower pot such that the tower grips and supports a flower pot at a single circumferential location along the upper rim of the flower pot. When the rim of the pot is engaged in the support notch, the flower pot is securely supported by the tower in an elevated position. A pot hanger designed to be hung or mounted on a substantially vertical surface is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Sallie McLarty
  • Patent number: 6667079
    Abstract: A decorative artificial wreath is described that can be easily modified to render the wreath useful for a multiple of seasons. The wreath is formed of a frame with back and front sections that is covered with artificial foliage, and a plant material holder, which may include a perforated cover, inserted between the frame sections at the lower part of the frame. Optional pins extend toward the front of the wreath from the frame to support removeable seasonal objects. Different plant material, artificial and/or natural, can be placed in the holder, and different seasonal objects can be placed on the pins to adapt the wreath to different seasons or occasions, thereby providing an economical alternative to purchasing different wreaths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Edward C. Glenn
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030217507
    Abstract: This invention relates to a pot plant stand which purifies the air by passing the air through soil holding a plant root and an exchangeable plant pot used for the stand. The pot plant stand having an air cleaning function, which can exchange the plant pot without grubbing up the soil, which can cause a large quantity of air to pass through the soil, and which is easy to maintain is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventors: Billy C. Wolverton, Hiroharu Mizukoshi, Toshio Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20030208954
    Abstract: A decorative floating planter simulating an island with recesses for above-water pot holders and a floating underside support from which hangers for a pot for an oxygenating underwater plant and a protective netting for surrounding the underwater plant is hung. The upper pot holders allow for seasonal changing of the plants by replacing the pots in their cavities. The pots may have either closed bottoms or bottoms with centrally located holes. The island may have passageways downward through the island structure to open into the water, allowing roots to reach the water. Cavities are formed in the island which function as “Frog Huts” for amphibious creatures. The floating planter is made of a closed cell plastic foam decorated with signs, moss, and other structures shaped and colored to simulate an island paradise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Bulk
  • Patent number: 6622423
    Abstract: This invention provides a tray liner that is insertable into a mushroom-growing tray. This invention provides a tray liner that provides protection to the mushroom-growing tray by eliminating direct contact of the growing medium or compost with the trays' interior wood The tray liner has a rectangular base member with a periphery of upstanding sidewalls joined to the base portion. There is a notch section located at each corner of the rectangular base member that accommodates an upstanding corner frame member located at each corner of the wooden mushroom growing tray. The notch section has a contiguous wall that is joined with the periphery of upstanding sidewalls and the base member. An alternative embodiment is to provide a replaceable mushroom growing tray liner that comprises a plurality of sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Victor Riccardi
  • Patent number: 6612070
    Abstract: A holder for supporting a vase in an upright position has a base member. An adhesive is coupled to a bottom surface of the base member. The adhesive is used to coupling the holder onto a surface on which the vase is to be displayed. A holding member is coupled to the base. The holding member is used for holding the vase in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Aqua Blooms LLC
    Inventor: Gerald I. Effa
  • Publication number: 20030159344
    Abstract: A panel for transporting and displaying goods, more particularly plants or flowers or the like, the panel being provided to be hung in a cart, the panel comprising a moulded plastic body (1) and at least one metal suspension element (2) for suspending the panel in the cart, the at least one metal suspension element (2) being held in the plastic body (1) in a boltless manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Jose Vandewiele, Jan Vanhie
  • Publication number: 20030159343
    Abstract: A holder for supporting a vase in an upright position has a base member. An adhesive is coupled to a bottom surface of the base member. The adhesive is used to coupling the holder onto a surface on which the vase is to be displayed. A holding member is coupled to the base. The holding member is used for holding the vase in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: Gerald I. Effa
  • Patent number: 6595377
    Abstract: A tree-shaped potted plant holder (10) including an adjustable length main support unit (11) that comprises an upper tubular support member (30) that is rotatably and telescopically received within a lower tubular support member (20); wherein, both the upper (30) and lower (20) tubular support members are provided with rows (33) (34) and (26) of horizontally arrayed apertures that are dimensioned to receive a plurality of different length support arm members (40) each provided with a split ring pot receiving element (43); and, wherein, the lower tubular support member (20) is further provided with a stabilizing unit (13) for maintaining the main support unit (11) in a vertically upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Thelma Hetu
  • Patent number: 6594951
    Abstract: The present invention is a plant support comprising a horizontal base for supporting a plant, a mobilizing mechanism positioned beneath the base which is vertically extendable from the base and vertically retractable toward the base, and a mechanism housing wall extending down from the base. Preferably, when the mobilizing mechanism is in a retracted position, the bottom of the mobilizing mechanism and the bottom of the mechanism housing wall are at substantially the same vertical position. The plant support optionally has a pot wall extending up from a perimeter of the horizontal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Kathleen O. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20030089032
    Abstract: A unitary elongated member comprises bends at predetermined locations to form an upper ring and a lower ring. A vertical portion connecting the upper ring to the lower ring, orienting the upper and lower rings in a parallel, vertically spaced, horizontally disposed orientation such that the upper and lower rings are centered about a vertical axis. The lower ring has a larger diameter than the upper ring and is adapted rest on the ground or a floor. The elongated member is rigid yet sufficiently malleable to be manipulated by a user to be adjusted to support various sized plant containers. The elongated unitary member may be made of galvanized wire or plastic material resistant to rust. The rings are shaped so as to define an inner volume of the plant support to accommodate the insertion of a plant container housing a plant. The plant container is adapted rest on the upper ring so as to position the plant container above the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: John E. Gunderman
  • Patent number: 6557806
    Abstract: A plant stand designed to be mounted on a railing of a structure, such as a deck, is provided. The plant stand includes a generally vertical frame having a proximal end connected to a base plate. A clamp connected to the base plate is designed to selectively clamp a railing of the structure between a body of the clamp and the base plate. A plurality of plant supports are coupled with the frame for supporting plants thereon. In first and second embodiments of the plant stand, the plant supports are spaced apart from and coupled with the frame via support arms. In the second embodiment, the support arms are adjustable by way of a plurality of brackets secured to legs of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Robert J. Davies
  • Patent number: 6557297
    Abstract: A height adjustable support assembly for a receptacle in which a water plant or other vegetation can be grown is disclosed. The assembly includes a base which can be weighted down with granulated material such as sand or pebbles, a two section, telescopically adjustable, elongated supporting column attached on a lower end to the base, and a receptacle attached to an upper end of the supporting column. In one embodiment, the receptacle is fitted with a flotation collar so that it can float on the surface of the water containment means in which the assembly is disposed as the water surface level changes, carrying with it an upper section of the supporting column. In another embodiment, the height of the supporting column and receptacle can be incrementally adjusted and fixed by means of a retaining pin. In yet another embodiment the supporting column height can be adjusted and fixed by means of a threaded cap containing a compressible gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Richard L. Receveur
  • Publication number: 20030074834
    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: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Laske
  • Patent number: 6546654
    Abstract: A stand displaying a member of the cucurbitaceae family includes a support for holding the member of the cucurbitaceae family. A figure associated with the support cooperates with the member of the cucurbitaceae family to complete a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Color Garden, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Henson
  • Patent number: 6517035
    Abstract: An elevated, transportable, potted plant support comprising at least three vertical legs each having a foot with minimal floor surface contact area, each leg being affixed at the upper end to two substantially parallel horizontally disposed rings spacedly situated one above the other, the lower ring having a bottom planar support surface extending to the perimeter which accommodates a mechanically engaged (manually) removeable saucer for holding a potted plant and preventing draining water from escaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Kathleen R. Sellers
  • Publication number: 20030024159
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a frame for an elevated cultivation device for growing strawberries, which is easy to transport and install, has excellent stability without submerging, and can handle excessive water favorably.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: AGLIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6513284
    Abstract: The combination of a mounting post base, a first accessory that is removably mountable in an operative position to the mounting post base to perform a first function, and a second accessory that is removably mountable in an operative position to the mounting post base in place of the first accessory to perform a second function. The first and second accessories can be selectively mounted to the mounting post base, one in place of the other, to perform a desired function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Delbert E. Sandlin
  • Publication number: 20020189163
    Abstract: A self-watering plant holder having a central, upright post with four horizontal radial arms extending outwardly thereof. A plant container, such as a bucket with a handle, is mounted on each radial arm. A base extends radially outwardly in a preferred embodiment from the lower end of the post to support the post. A manifold is mounted to the post, and houses a chamber with a closure for the addition of water and/or fertilizer. Watering lines extend from the manifold into one or more of the plant containers for watering and/or feeding the plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventor: Edwin A. Cooper
  • Publication number: 20020170230
    Abstract: The present invention is to an improvement in accoutrements for a patio deck. In particular, the present invention provides a corner pot holder. The corner pot holder is of unitary construction. Unitary construction allows the corner pot holder may be stamped from a piece of metal or may be molded from plastic. The corner pot holder permits the flower pots held by the corner pot holder to drain thus avoiding stagnant water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Duane E. McCartney, Dale B. McCartney
  • Publication number: 20020162274
    Abstract: A field stand used to support and prevent accidental toppling of potted plants in outdoor field applications is disclosed. The field stand uses a two piece detachable design, which includes a tubular metal boot and a detachable wire basket. The tubular metal boot is designed to be driven into the soil as an anchor for the detachable wire basket. The metal boot has an elongated tubular body with a pointed bottom end and an open top end for receiving the wire basket. The wire basket is constructed of three individual strands of a resilient metal wire, which are bent from the body of the basket and whose ends are bundled together to form an elongated neck. The neck extends into the open end of the boot to securely seat the basket atop the boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher J. Jaworski
  • Patent number: 6454225
    Abstract: A stackable and interconnectable stand used for supporting potting containers to prevent accidental toppling of potted plants is disclosed. The body of the stand is constructed of a wire lattice or flat bands, which has six radially extending legs between which the potting container is secured. Each leg has an upward (hip) bend, which forms an inner leg segment, and a downward return (knee) bend, which forms an outer leg segment. The inner leg segments diverge upwardly to define an area for restrictively receiving a potting container with the side walls of the container restrictively held secure against inner leg segments. The inner leg segments diverge upward at an angle such that the side walls of potting containers of various dimensions will be in restrictive contact with at least some portion of the inner leg segment to firmly support the potting container within the stand. The stands can be stackable atop one another to provide convenient storage of the stands when unused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher J. Jaworski
  • Publication number: 20020095863
    Abstract: A height adjustable support assembly for a receptacle in which a water plant or other vegetation can be grown is disclosed. The assembly includes a base which can be weighted down with granulated material such as sand or pebbles, a two section, telescopically adjustable, elongated supporting column attached on a lower end to the base, and a receptacle attached to an upper end of the supporting column. In one embodiment, the receptacle is fitted with a flotation collar so that it can float on the surface of the water containment means in which the assembly is disposed as the water surface level changes, carrying with it an upper section of the supporting column. In another embodiment, the height of the supporting column and receptacle can be incrementally adjusted and fixed by means of a retaining pin. In yet another embodiment the supporting column height can be adjusted and fixed by means of a threaded cap containing a compressible gasket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Richard L. Receveur
  • Patent number: 6419195
    Abstract: An array of stabilizing devices for disposition under an object, each device having a base and a central upright, hollow, frusto-conical structure with a retention arm adjustably positioned within the top thereof. The object to be retained is positioned on portions of the bases of the devices, and the retention arm of each device is positioned over a portion of the object, such array to aid in retaining the object in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventors: Barbara Van Reed, Paul E. Brefka
  • Patent number: 6415549
    Abstract: A container for growing plants comprising a main body with an open top and perimeter rim, and a funnel-like water collection means having an inner mating perimeter adapted to adjoin the perimeter rim, an outer mating perimeter of greater size than the inner mating perimeter and a sloping surface connecting the outer mating perimeter to the inner mating perimeter, such that overhead water is captured and directed into the open top. The water collection means may be detachable. The water collection means has mating edges adapted to continuously and contiguously abut mating edges of like containers to form a solid water capture surface in all directions when multiple containers are properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Beeson, Jr., Dorota Z. Haman, Gary W. Knox, Allen G. Smajstrla, Thomas H. Yeager
  • Patent number: 6385899
    Abstract: A decorative plant stand is disclosed with integrated drainage and rotation features. A decorative exterior finish of the stands hides an interior support frame and drainage water collecting and storing subsystems. Wheels or other rotation means are hidden under a base portion of the stand for allowing the stand to be rotated for uniform lighting and ventilation. A shut-off valve is provided within the drainage water collecting subsystem so that the drainage water storing subsystem can be conveniently emptied without spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Sachiko Mary Treganza
  • Patent number: 6378246
    Abstract: Apparatus for growing vined produce such as tomatoes comprises a container rotatable about a horizontal axis and supported above an underlying surface, which container has an interior filled with rooting media, a plant opening, radially through the container wall for the vine of a tomato plant rooted therein to extend outwardly of the container. As the vine continues to grow outwardly of the container, tomatoes on the vine are harvested therefrom and the container is periodically rotated to wind the vine thereabout throughout the life of the plant. The container also includes feeding openings into the rooting media, and the container can be mounted on a stand provided with a nutrient reservoir and pump and a grow light which are periodically turned on and off by a control timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Terril R. DeFoor
  • Publication number: 20020029517
    Abstract: An irrigation display rack is provided is provided having a plurality of individual irrigation lines which may be positioned within the soil of a container or root-balled plant. The display rack provides a series of tiered support surfaces. A lower surface of the rack defines a water supply conduit to which individual irrigation lines are connected and in turn are used to water plants positioned on the support surfaces. The display rack may be moved and provides a structure for effective watering of plants while minimizing inconvenience to retail consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventors: William Robert Hutchinson, Andrew Lamar Sellers
  • Patent number: 6345466
    Abstract: A portable gardening system comprised of an assembled center support, large base, small base and grow box with a plurality of holes in the bottom, which can be utilized as needed, for growing multiple types of vegetation upside down out of the bottom of the grow box. In addition, plants and vegetation can be grown upright, as well, out of the open top of the grow box. The unique design of the bottom of the grow box allows the upside down growth of a variety of plants and fully utilizes gardening space that in other devices is not used. Gardening system is easily assembled for use and disassembled for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Frank Venanzi
  • Patent number: 6314674
    Abstract: A support structure for plants including a basket centered about a vertical axis, and a coconut fiber liner set within the basket to form a container for potting soil and plants placed therein, with the basket being arranged either to hang from an overhead position when being displayed, or to alternatively stand on the ground when the hanging of the basket is not desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Chung Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 6269588
    Abstract: A flower pot for group planting of flower plants or the like which is mounted on a pole comprises a flower pot body (1) having planting openings (6) of which upper part is opened and provided in a plurality of locations in the periphery of said body (1), and having a hole (8) provided in the bottom of said body for inserting the pole; and a cylindrical mounting member (2) for inserting the upper part of said pole, at least the bottom of said mounting member is opened and said mounting member is fixedly or removably mounted vertically around said hole (8). The outer face of said flower pot is covered by the group planted flower plants and not exposed when said flower pot in which flower plants have been group planted is mounted on the pole, and accordingly the beauty of the flowers planted in said flower pot is kept well and the decoration effect is increased, and said flower pot is securely mounted on the pole and accordingly does not fall even when subjected to strong winds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Shoko Ito