Fibrous Wick Patents (Class 47/81)
  • Patent number: 10779486
    Abstract: A device and method for inserting a wick in a plant pot and retaining the wick in a desired position. A wick retainer is provided. This device very generally resembles a large nail, having a head at its first end and an elongated column extending therefrom. The far end of the column opens into a retention notch configured to secure a wick at any point along its length. A unidirectional latch is located proximate the head. The head also contains one or more receivers configured to retain the free ends of the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Costa Farms, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Visser, Michael K. Rimland
  • Patent number: 10701874
    Abstract: A pot flower which features a unique, internal catch-basin or reservoir designed to collect, store, and dispense upon demand water, minerals, and fertilizer which have been applied and have run through the potting soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Roosevelt Thomas, Judy Robinson
  • Patent number: 10561072
    Abstract: A plant cultivating container includes an outer cup, an inner cup received in the outer cup, wherein the inner cup is provided for cultivating plant(s). A floating plate is movably disposed between the bottoms of the outer cup and the inner cup and a follower is mounted to the floating plate, wherein the floating plate is reciprocally moved relative to the outer due to a water level in the outer cup. At least one window is defined in the outer cup and the follower is formed with a shutter, wherein a relative action is formed between the shutter and the at least one window for providing a continual visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AQUALEAN MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pin-Hsien Yu
  • Patent number: 10555464
    Abstract: An insert assembly converting an otherwise discarded plastic drum or bucket, and other non-corroding and waterproof containers, into a self-regulating, watering container for growing plants. It has a platform to support grow media in which plant roots become established and receive water and/or nutrients. It also has at least one cylinder, which supports the platform and contains additional grow media. Furthermore, the insert assembly preferably uses open or closed cell gasket material around the perimeter edge of the platform, that assists in maintaining separation between the grow media and the water and/or nutrient in the reservoir under the platform in the bottom portion of the bucket, drum, or other container. Grow media in the cylinder provides fluid communication with the water/nutrient in the reservoir and the grow media supported by the platform via small openings, transferring water and/or nutrients from the reservoir to plant roots via a wicking effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Daryl A. Leeworthy
  • Patent number: 10362736
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly, comprising a plant pot (258) having a bottom (260) and at least one side wall (264), extending from the bottom up to a top rim and at least one hole (268) which is arranged in or at least near the bottom, at least one wick (30) extending from below the bottom and through the hole and a container (256), dimensioned to accommodate at least a bottom portion of the plant pot comprising the hole through which the wick extends out of the plant pot. The container and the plant pot in an assembled state define a reservoir to accommodate fluid, such as water, for the plant to be drawn up through the wick during at least one of growing, transporting and display for sale of a plant in the plant pot, which is accommodated in the container. An overflow (284) with a controllable valve (288) may function to distinguish between a stationary state of the assembly and transport thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Visser, Lawrence Joseph Contillo, III
  • Patent number: 10314244
    Abstract: A new plant growing assist device, comprising a container, a separator in the middle of the container dividing the container into an upper part and a lower part. The upper part keeps the soil for planting, and the lower part to acts as a water reservoir. The bottom of the container is provided with a snorkel, around the snorkel there is a buckle which is used to connect the snorkel with a raw water pipe. The device allows for rain water and surface vapor which would otherwise evaporate into the air to condense and be returned to the soil for plant use. The several through holes of the separator ensure proper ventilation; the monitoring window makes it possible to observe the water level inside the reservoir, the top of the container is covered to prevent water evaporation, and out-extending holes are provided to allow the roots to extend outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Chaoqun He
  • Patent number: 10285347
    Abstract: A liquid level indicator and a liquid container, such as a self-watering planter, containing same. The liquid level indicator having a top end and a bottom end, and a plurality of floating pushrods, each comprising an indicator flag cap. Each of the floating pushrods arranged such that the indicator flag cap of each pushrod is pushed towards the top end when liquid container is filled to different levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Harry Tchira
  • Patent number: 10251349
    Abstract: A multiple plant container self-watering system comprising a frame supporting multiple grow pots, the multiple grow pots comprising at least a primary grow pot and a secondary grow pot; a primary container at a first elevation on said frame wherein said primary grow pot rests on a primary wick of the primary reservoir pot, and a plurality of secondary containers, each of the plurality of secondary containers being at a different elevation and comprising a secondary grow pot resting on a secondary wick of the secondary reservoir pot; whereby the primary container and the plurality of secondary containers are fluidly connected by means of the tubing and configured to allow for substantially similar dry-down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Donald J. Stewart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10091951
    Abstract: A planting system includes a pot having a bottom floor with at least one drainage opening, a spray ring implanted in the planting medium in an upper portion of the pot and configured to inject pressurized water downwardly into the planting medium, and a grid disposed below the planting medium. The grid includes a plate spaced above the bottom floor of the pot. The plate includes apertures configured to allow roots to pass through the plate. Slats formed on the underside of the plate define a plurality of compartments configured to prevent the roots from spiraling. The grid also allows oxygen to circulate under and around the roots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Cultivation Systems Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kristopher Ryan Kaminski, Ryan Eric Martinage
  • Patent number: 9828517
    Abstract: A seed-containing crayon. The crayon includes an elongated member formed of a marking composition to leave a colored mark on a surface when the elongated member contacts the surface. The marking composition is formed of a wax, a pigment, and a plant nutrient that is activated by application of water to the elongated member. Plant seeds are embedded in the marking composition of the elongated member. The crayon can include a paper band that at least partially surrounds the elongated member along at least part of the length of the elongated member in which the plant seeds are embedded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: EFFEKT, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Falken
  • Patent number: 9578818
    Abstract: A modular wick for accommodating garden beds of various sizes comprises a generally planar platform. Connectors are provided proximate to an outer edge of the platform that allow for connection with an adjacent wick. Each of the wick comprises at least one well that is filled with a wicking medium. Apertures are provided in the walls of the wells to allow water to enter into the wicking medium. By connecting the wicks together, various sizes can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Wesley Hooper, Cooper Pantages
  • Patent number: 9504208
    Abstract: A planter system has a base and an insert. The base is to be placed in the ground and includes a top, outwardly extending lip to limit the depth that the planter may be inserted into the ground. The base includes water drainage apertures and an upper channel to direct water into the interior of the base. The insert includes water drainage apertures and preferably at least one vertical channel to direct water from the upper channel along the exterior of the insert and into the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Steven Adolf
  • Patent number: 9392756
    Abstract: A self-contained, low-maintenance planter assembly used indoors or outdoors to provide prolonged self-watering of plants in a tray preferably supported by an easily height-adjustable frame insert positioned within the lower reservoir portion of a fluid-containing planter housing. Interior tray-lifting members are located adjacent to the tray's top edge, and the tray's bottom surface has perforations. Plant roots may be in growth/support medium distributed directly into the tray, or in drainable pots. Fluid-permeable material under the growth/support medium allows surplus rainwater to refill the planter housing via the tray's perforations in outdoor applications, while an overfill prevention hole in the planter housing prevents nutrient/liquid therein from entering the tray, with wicking member or members instead distributing nutrient/liquid upwardly to tray-supported plant roots. No tools or power/water connections are needed for assembly function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: WaterWell Planters, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Conrad, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9309653
    Abstract: A conduit system for gathering water from soil includes multiple conduits configured for insertion into soil. Each conduit includes a wall having an outer surface configured to be exposed to soil and an inner surface defining a central passage. The wall includes multiple gathering pores extending through the wall. The cross-sectional area of each gathering pore decreases from the outer surface to the inner surface to promote capillary action for moving water from the soil through each gathering pore to the central passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Robert C. Petroski, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9155255
    Abstract: The invention relates to a potted plant watering device and a water transporting line (WL) which is used in said watering device, said transporting line comprising a fibrous material (FB) which makes use of capillary action and comprising a watertight casing (HU) which surrounds the fibrous material in a tubular manner. The fibrous material (FB) and the casing (HU) are formed in a flat manner in the shape of a strip, and the tubular casing (HU) walls (W1, W2) which are formed in a flat manner in the shape of a strip, which lie opposite each other, and which enclose the fibrous material (FB) between each other are designed with different flexural rigidities. The different flexural rigidities are preferably achieved by forming a second casing wall (W2) with a constant wall thickness (DW) from a homogenous material and by increasing the flexural rigidity of the first casing wall (W1) by means of a central strip (MS) consisting of a second material with a greater wall thickness and/or a higher Shore hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Benjamin Asal
  • Patent number: 9125351
    Abstract: A plant cultivation device includes: a planting container having an accommodation space; a planting pan disposed in the accommodation space of the planting container for dividing the accommodation space into a leaf region and a root region; an atomizing sheet disposed in a bottom plate of the planting container, used for performing spraying to the root region of the planting container; and a control circuit board, electrically connected to the atomizing sheet, used for controlling whether the atomizing sheet performs spraying, a nutrient solution tank, used for accommodating a nutrient solution; and a water absorbing material, wherein an end of the water absorbing material is disposed in the nutrient solution tank for taking the nutrient solution of the nutrient solution tank, and the other end of the water absorbing material is in contact with the atomizing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: CHUNGHWA PICTURE TUBES, LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Lun Wu, Min-Chung Cheng, Guan-Liang Lee, Che-Wei Chang, Wen-Li Tsai
  • Publication number: 20150135591
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly, comprising a plant pot (258) having a bob tons (260) and at least one side wall (264), extending from the bottom up to a top rim and at least one hole (268) which is arranged in or at least near the bottom, at least one wick (30) extending from below the bottom and through the hole and a container (256), dimensioned to accommodate at least a bottom portion of the plant pot comprising the hole through which the wick extends out of the plant pot. The container and the plant pot in an assembled state define a reservoir to accommodate fluid, such as water, for the plant to be drawn up through the wick during at least one of growing, transporting and display for sale of a plant in the plant pot, which is accommodated in the container. An overflow (284) with a controllable valve (288) may function to distinguish between a stationary state of the assembly and transport thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Lawrence Joseph Contillo, Anthony Visser
  • Publication number: 20150135590
    Abstract: A multiple plant container self-watering system comprises a primary container at a first elevation and a plurality of secondary containers at different elevations, fluidly connected by means of tubing. The primary container comprises a primary outer shell that encloses a primary reservoir pot, having an expanded upper portion and a tubular lower portion, a primary wick and a primary grow pot. Each of the plurality of secondary containers comprises a secondary outer shell that encloses a secondary reservoir pot having an expanded upper portion and a tubular lower portion, a secondary wick, and a secondary grow pot. The diameter of the lower portion of the primary and secondary reservoir pot is greatly reduced in comparison to the diameter of the upper portion thereof, thereby allowing for substantially similar dry-down time for a plurality of fluidly connected plant containers at different elevations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Donald J. Stewart, JR.
  • Patent number: 8966817
    Abstract: A modular green roof and/or green wall system includes a plurality of trays adapted to support vegetation and soil therein. The trays are sized such that a person may easily lift them and install them in a pre-vegetated state upon a roof or a wall. The trays are further designed to enable subterranean irrigation lines to be inserted therethrough, thereby hiding the irrigation lines from view. Biodegradable walls may be added of different heights to the trays to support different types of vegetation, as well as to create terracing for a given installation, if desired. A wicking material may be inserted into the tray and positioned such that is makes contact with wicking material in adjacent trays, thereby spreading moisture between trays through the capillary action of the wicking material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Advanced Green Architecture
    Inventors: Erik E. Cronk, Jeremiah D. Johnson, Bruce A. Sienkowski, William T. Oltman
  • Publication number: 20150027049
    Abstract: A holder for producing a plant of any one of lettuce, sprout and herbs, having a container and a semi-permeable filter, for defining a closed space for wholly accommodating the plant; a reservoir for holding an amount of liquid in the close space; and a passage which is open during use for supplying the liquid to the plant, wherein the reservoir, the container and the semi-permeable filter are arranged to allow the whole plant to grow in the closed space, wherein the semi-permeable filter has a vapour permeation capacity related to a type of the plant and the content of the reservoir, and wherein the amount of liquid is pre-determined corresponding to the vapour permeation capacity, such that the amount of liquid is sufficient for the plant to be isolated in the closed space from cultivation through to offering for sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: VIVI B.V.
    Inventors: Jacob Johannes BIJL, Cornelis Frans Taco VISSER
  • Patent number: 8893432
    Abstract: A watering device for potted plants with a water storage device and a water transporting line having a fiber strand which operates by capillary action includes a storage tank, a lid arrangement, a duct and a retaining device. The storage tank opens toward the top. The lid arrangement closes the storage tank in a removable manner. The duct for the water transporting line is formed on the water storage device. The retaining device protrudes downward into the storage tank in the assembled state and guides a section of the fiber strand in a bottom area of the storage tank. A fixing element for fixing the water transporting line in a tension-proof manner is provided on the lid arrangement. The fixing element is arranged on a side of the retaining device which faces away from the duct and is designed for fixing the fiber strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventor: Benjamin Asal
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140123557
    Abstract: The invention relates to a potted plant watering device with a water transporting line (WL) comprising a fibrous material (FB) that uses capillary action. An end region (E1) of the fiber strand of the water transporting line is fixed in the vicinity of the base (BO) of a water storage container (VB) of the water storage device by means of a retaining device (ST) in the water storage device so as to ensure that a fiber strand portion that receives water remains in contact with water that can be found in the water storage container even in the event of low fill levels in the water storage container (VB). The retaining device (ST) is preferably designed integrally with a lid arrangement (DE), with which the water storage container (VB) is covered, and simultaneously forms a surface (ST) for placing a plant pot (TO).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Benjamin Asal
  • Publication number: 20140115962
    Abstract: The invention relates to a potted plant watering device and a water transporting line (WL) which is used in said watering device, said transporting line comprising a fibrous material (FB) which makes use of capillary action and comprising a watertight casing (HU) which surrounds the fibrous material in a tubular manner. The fibrous material (FB) and the casing (HU) are formed in a flat manner in the shape of a strip, and the tubular casing (HU) walls (W1, W2) which are formed in a flat manner in the shape of a strip, which lie opposite each other, and which enclose the fibrous material (FB) between each other are designed with different flexural rigidities. The different flexural rigidities are preferably achieved by forming a second casing wall (W2) with a constant wall thickness (DW) from a homogenous material and by increasing the flexural rigidity of the first casing wall (W1) by means of a central strip (MS) consisting of a second material with a greater wall thickness and/or a higher Shore hardness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Benjamin Asal
  • Patent number: 8683744
    Abstract: A power-saving flowerpots capable of serial connecting with other flowerpot includes a planting tank having a horizontal plane and an inclined plane at an upper side thereof for planting; a water tank connected to a lower side of the planting tank; the connection of the planting tank and the water tank being formed as an L shape; an interior of the water tank being formed with a water draining channel; an upper side of the water draining channel being formed with a communication hole so that when the water level in the water tank is over a lower edge of the communication hole; water will flow into the communication hole from the water tank. A plurality of flowerpot can be installed as a first row by a retaining rod to pass through all hooks of the flowerpots; and the water tubes of the flowerpot are connected one by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Hsiao-An Chang
  • Publication number: 20140075840
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention relate to systems and apparatus for incorporating live plants on support surfaces, such as walls, wall segments, and wall modules inside of a building. Such systems and apparatus can provide pleasing aesthetic and an improved environment for occupant of a space within the building. The modular living wall system also can reduce or eliminate the need for manual watering of the live plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens F. Smed
  • Patent number: 8656641
    Abstract: Self-watering fruit tree container comprises a container holding a living plant that is positioned above a container holding a pool of water or nutrient solution where the water may be absorbed by the living plant through a permeable bottom and/or side of the plant container. Self-watering fruit tree container allows for an airspace layer between the plant container and the water container which prevents excessive absorption of water into the plant container, thereby preventing root rot. Self-watering fruit tree container achieves this partially by special funnel shaped root-pruning aeration apertures in the bottom of the plant container that allow very small roots and root hairs to pass and grow through the bottom of the plant container and into the water reservoir below, while pruning and stopping larger roots, and also allowing for aeration of soil in the plant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ralph Rhoads, George Charles Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140020293
    Abstract: Aspects and embodiments of the present invention relate to devices, methods, and kits for use in horticultural containers. In accordance with some embodiments, a horticultural device comprising a base and a supporting plate may advantageously reduce the amount of soil required for potting. Aspects and embodiments of the present invention may facilitate potting and may reduce plant maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph A. Raffaele
  • Patent number: 8607501
    Abstract: A watering device is provided that includes a receptacle and a sponge wick. The receptacle includes a reservoir and a probe. The probe projects from the reservoir and is adapted to extend into potting mix in a plant pot. The probe is also adapted to hook on to the rim of the plant pot in order to support the device thereon. The wick is adapted to extend from the reservoir within or along the probe and into the potting mix in the plant pot. The wick includes non-woven Polyvinyl Alcohol fibers which are bound by a Polyvinyl Alcohol foam resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Moisture Matic Pty Ltd
    Inventor: James Edgar Oates
  • Publication number: 20130318872
    Abstract: A plant pot assembly comprises a first pot for a plant in growing medium, a second pot coupled to it for forming a liquid reservoir, and a wick between the liquid reservoir and the first pot for transporting liquid from the liquid reservoir into the first pot. The liquid reservoir has a filling opening at or near the upper side of the assembly and wherein the first pot is received in the second pot with a close fit so that the liquid reservoir is situated substantially below the first pot. The wick extends between the first and second pots and protrudes near an upper edge of the first pot into the first pot, and extends in it. The first pot is substantially watertight and the assembly is arranged to prevent liquid transport between the reservoir and the growing medium via another route than the wick.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Patentstar B.V.
    Inventor: Bart van der Starre
  • Publication number: 20130291436
    Abstract: A stackable plant pot assembly having a planter base that has a bottom surface, an upper edge defining a base opening, and a downwardly tapered side wall separating the upper base edge and the body surface. The assembly further has a first intermediate planter with an upper edge defining an upper opening, a lower edge defining a lower opening, a downwardly tapered side wall separating the upper edge and the lower edge, with the intermediate planter being both sized to removably couple to the planter base and create a substantially watertight seal and sized to stackably-receive the planter base within the upper opening of the first intermediate planter. The assembly further has a cover that is removably-couplable to the planter base and the first intermediate planter with the cover defining at least one opening sized to receive a standard-sized plant pot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Susan Stockman, Ronald Stockman
  • Patent number: 8567123
    Abstract: A pot including a sump and water wick assembly for providing water to a plant supported within the pot is disclosed. The sump includes an inner diameter that corresponds to the inner diameter of the pot. The sump is disposed about an outer perimeter of the pot and includes the water wick that extends into the pot and soil supporting a plant. The pot assembly includes an edge with a curved surface to provide desired appearance that nests within corresponding features of a second identical pot to aid in stacking many example pots for shipment and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Tug Weld Manufacturing
    Inventor: John Friesen
  • Patent number: 8528252
    Abstract: This Self-Watering Planter comprises a wick, reservoir, wick-housing running between the soil/soil substitute and the reservoir, and a tight fitting cap to maintain a vacuum seal within the reservoir. The water or liquid mixture is maintained at a constant level across the wick by the vacuum that is created. This prevents water from flowing upwards into the soil when the soil is already wet. Liquid is only draw from the wick by osmosis when the soil is dry. Even as the water level in the reservoir drops, the water level across the wick continues to remain level until the reservoir is nearly empty, allowing the soil constant access to water until the reservoir needs refilling. Several embodiments are included. All contains these features, but some contain addition features as well as different proportions. The uses of the different embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur Francis Griebel
  • Patent number: 8510988
    Abstract: Self-watering plant container includes a container used to hold a living plant and soil and a container to hold a pool of water or nutrient solution underneath the plant/soil container where the water may be absorbed by the living plant through a permeable bottom in the plant/soil container. Self-watering plant container includes an airspace layer located between the bottom of the plant/soil container and the top of the water or nutrient solution pool in order to prevent excessive moisture or water from being absorbed into the plant/soil container, thereby preventing root rot. Self-watering plant container achieves this partly by special funnel shaped root-pruning aeration apertures in the bottom of its plant/soil container that allow very small roots and root hairs to grow through the bottom of plant/soil container and into the water reservoir below, while forcing larger roots back into the plant/soil container, and also allowing for aeration of the plant/soil container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: George Anderson, Ralph Rhoads
  • Patent number: 8491223
    Abstract: A device for watering purposes, a method for the manufacture thereof, as well as means for the manufacture thereof are disclosed. The device includes a water-collecting container extending along the intended desired area to be watered. Internally in the container, there is a transverse double partition wall, which extends from the base portion of the container up to at least half the effective height of the container. Along the outside of the container, a liquid-sucking wick extends that is connected to the internal liquid-receiving spaces of the container at a mutual distance from each other, as seen along the length extension of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Terrigio AB
    Inventor: Börje Ohlin
  • Patent number: 8448380
    Abstract: A wicktube can transfer liquid from one end to the other end by capillary action, and a wickswitch can control this capillary liquid transferring action. Wicktubes are connected together to form a wickhub. A wicknet combines wickhubs, wicktubes, and liquid reservoirs to form a network. Wickconnectors connect the elements of the wicknet. Wicknet and wickswitches can control the liquid supply of the plants in a garden or farm. This liquid supply control can be precise if electronic controller and some sensors are added. It is simple, slow and clean. And it uses only minimum amount of liquid. Plants can be hung on the wall to form a garden on the wall, a hanging garden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Chauming Yang
  • Publication number: 20130067812
    Abstract: A plant container includes a growing vessel including a floor, a side wall, and a brim. The floor of the growing vessel is adapted to rest on ground below. The side wall is coupled to the floor and arranged to extend upwardly away from the floor to interconnect the floor and the brim. Together, the floor and the side wall define a soil chamber adapted to receive soil and a plant planted in the soil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffery A. Masters
  • Publication number: 20130067811
    Abstract: A container system providing ideal watering and aeration conditions for growing plants comprises a tray having a bottom surface. An insert with an upper surface and a lower surface is placed in the tray forming an upper space above the insert for the addition of a growth medium, and a lower space below the insert forming a water reservoir. One or more perforated baskets extending from the lower surface of the insert and into the water reservoir draw water from the reservoir and into the growth medium. At least one aperture in the insert is coupled to a perforated post to provide air circulation to the growth medium. A port may be provided through the insert enabling an inverted water vessel to be coupled to the port to provide water to the water reservoir. The various components may be provided in the form of a kit assembled by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: WAY2GRO, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Baker
  • Publication number: 20130047507
    Abstract: An arrangement for growing plants has a first plant growth container and, optionally, one or more additional plant growth containers. Each plant growth container has a watering reservoir and a growth box, positioned above the watering reservoir, the reservoir and growth box separated by a divider. The watering reservoir is adapted to retain a volume of water therein and the growth box is adapted to retain an amount of a plant growth medium. A wicking device communicates the water to the growth medium. There is also a system for setting and maintaining a constant level of water in the watering reservoir. When additional plant growth containers are present, each watering reservoir is connected with the system for maintaining the constant water level. When the growth boxes of the arrangement are identically sized, they can be arranged in abutting relationship to define a cluster of the plant growth containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: David E. TINAPPLE
  • Patent number: 8381441
    Abstract: An insertable watering device for a standard bucket comprising, a circular planar base member, central chamber, plurality of wicks, fill tube, and support legs. The insertable device provides support for soil and allows for the watering of plants contained in the soil by capillary action using a wick through the transfer of water below the base member and into the soil layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: George Altendorfer, Perry Joseph Altendorfer
  • Patent number: 8381432
    Abstract: A vegetation and support layer comprising a mixture of natural soil materials and wicks. The wicks are made of a water-conducting and air-conducting material in the form of an elongate intertwined structure such that the wicks distribute water and air within the vegetation and support layer. The wicks in the vegetation and support layer according to the invention are randomly mixed with the soil material, are arranged similar to a net, or are introduced from above. The wicks are arranged at a distance from a lower receptacle that is filled with water or from a groundwater conductor such that the wicks do not reach lower layers of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Eichenauer
  • Publication number: 20130031836
    Abstract: The present invention is a planting device design for multiple plant containers. Said planting device incorporates a reservoir and a wick for each plant container. When placing the plant container through the lid, a flap is opened. Said flap positions the plant container so that the wick is in contact with the water, but the container containing the soil is not in contact with the water. This reduces the possibility of rot. Said flap also closes when the plant container is removed thereby preventing pollutants (e.g. insects, leaves) along with pets or light from communicating with the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20130019526
    Abstract: A plant pot includes a pot body having an upper chamber and a lower chamber defined therein and a plurality of front holes for growing plants, floriculture-planting materials set in the upper chamber, a water container set in the lower chamber, and a water absorption member partially dipped in the water in the water container and partially inserted into the floriculture-planting materials for transferring water from the water container to the floriculture-planting materials for growing plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: LIU-TSUN LAI
  • Patent number: 8347552
    Abstract: An excess water control device for a potted plant provides a pot having a side wall, bottom wall, interior, open top, and one or more openings in the bottom wall. A soil mass is contained within the pot interior, occupying the pot interior with a growing plant. One or more wicking feet support the pot, each foot extending from a position below the pot to the pot interior and the contained soil medium. Each foot can be of a larger diameter lower section upon which the pot rests and a smaller diameter upper section that engages the soil mass inside the pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Johnny Johnson, III
  • Publication number: 20120198767
    Abstract: The invention provides a self-watering system for a potted plant comprising a liquid container and an insert with an in use position against the potted plant pointing upper part (9), which extends at least partially through an opening in the pot (4) bottom. The invention is primarily intended for use in watering of potted plants ready for sale from e.g. horticultural greenhouses, but can obviously also be used for both the subsequent watering during the rest of the plant's life from end-users and for watering during the cultivation of a potted plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Orsnes Patent APS
    Inventor: Jørn Hansen
  • Patent number: 8221016
    Abstract: A device and a method for continuous and adjustable dosage of fluids at low pressure. The invention is self-cleaning and low tech. It consists of a tapering dosage unit in which a filling, which allows fluids to pass in the longitudinal direction of the dosage unit, is inserted. At the outlet end of the dosage unit, a venturi tube is located which clamps the filling and thereby create a nozzle opening that fits the fluids viscosity and the pressure for a given desired dosage. When the dosage unit clogs, a flushing can be obtained by either increasing the pressure of the fluid and thereby forcing a flexible dosage unit to increase the sectional area and allow cleaning or in the same way through a mechanical opening of the dosage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Idekontoret Aps
    Inventors: Tom Juul Andersen, Bo Boye
  • Patent number: 8146292
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insert container for plant pots with a base, at least one side wall, which adjoins the base with a lower edge, is formed with an upper edge open at the top and surrounds an interior, a longitudinal axis extending perpendicular to the base, supports arranged on the base and extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis, at least one water-permeable watering device arranged on the base and at least one indentation which extends in the direction of the longitudinal axis, in the at least one side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Geobra Brandstatter GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Conny Brandstätter
  • Patent number: 8091279
    Abstract: A multi container system of at least one each of the first container, and at least one second and at least one third container, each of which has a chamber therein. The first container has a water retaining chamber with water input and water output as well as a water self leveling means. The second container has a water transfer chamber in which a wicking tray loaded with a wicking medium is placed, preferably on a drainage tray, said medium being used to transfer the water to the plants disposed in a third container's plant receiving chamber. The container #3 nests within the water transfer chamber of container #2, to receive water therefrom by capillary action. Container #1 is fluidly connected to a first container #2 for water transfer, and a series of containers #2 may be linked, as space limitations and grade permit, or as may be desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Donald J. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20110252704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fabricated landscape architecture system that can simply form landscape architecture of a wall surface or the like. The fabricated landscape architecture system, includes a plurality of support plates (60), a plurality of cultivation boxes (10) and water supply pipes (30). The plurality of support plates (60) are arranged in one or more lines in a vertical or horizontal direction and include a plurality of fastening holes and pipe grooves (13). The plurality of cultivation boxes (10) are formed in the shape of a box of which one surface is open. A plurality of fastening protrusion (25) to be inserted into the fastening holes, pipe grooves (13) positioned so as to face the pipe grooves (13) of the support plates (60) and the assembly holes are formed on the bottom of the cultivation box (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Heung-Yeul Cho
  • Publication number: 20110247271
    Abstract: An example pot includes a sump and water wick assembly for providing water to a plant supported within the pot. The sump includes an inner diameter that corresponds to the inner diameter of the pot. The sump is disposed about an outer perimeter of the pot and includes the water wick that extends into the pot and soil supporting a plant. The pot assembly includes an edge with a curved surface to provide desired appearance that nests within corresponding features of a second identical pot to aid in stacking many example pots for shipment and display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: John Friesen