GB2212374A - Plant container - Google Patents

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GB2212374A
GB2212374A GB8726866A GB8726866A GB2212374A GB 2212374 A GB2212374 A GB 2212374A GB 8726866 A GB8726866 A GB 8726866A GB 8726866 A GB8726866 A GB 8726866A GB 2212374 A GB2212374 A GB 2212374A
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Philip Ward
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NORTH WEST PLASTICS Ltd
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
    • A01GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
    • A01G9/00Cultivation in receptacles, forcing-frames or greenhouses; Edging for beds, lawn or the like
    • A01G9/02Receptacles, e.g. flower-pots or boxes; Glasses for cultivating flowers
    • A01G9/021Pots formed in one piece; Materials used therefor

Abstract

A plant container has a pair of side planes 10 and 11, conjoined at right angles, and a quarter-semispherical front wall defined by rail 14 and ribs 15. Each side plane has a pair of keyhole shaped openings 12, permitting the container to be joined to one or two other like containers by a headed stud fastener, so enabling a compound container to be mounted on a flat wall or around an outside right-angle corner, respectively. A single container may however be mounted within an inside right-angle corner. <IMAGE>

Description

PLANT CONTAINER This invention relates to a container for plants, and particular to a container suitable for mounting on a wall.

For many years, containers for plants which have been adapted for mounting on a wall have enjoyed considerable popularity. A typical design of such a container may have a substantially flat rear surface, a front wall which may for example be part-spherical, and an open top, so that the container has the shape of one half of a hemisphere. The front wall could instead take many other forms, as required. Such a container my suitably be affixed to a vertical wall, at an appropriate height to enable plants to be displayed in an attractive manner. If required, the front wall may be perforate or constructed from strips, bars or the like, to permit plants to trail through the front wall, or to permit the exposure of a moss lining.It is also known to provide a somewhat similar plant container but having two rear surfaces substantially at right angles to one another; the front wall may then be generally in the form of a quarter of a hemisphere. Such a container would be suitable for mounting within the internal corner between two walls of a building.

Plant containers of the kind described above may be made from a variety of materials, and may embody numerous variations on the basic designs. For example, such containers may be fabricated from steel or moulded by an injection moulding process using a plastics material. Also the front wall of the container may take a much more complex shape and design than just a part of a spherical surface. Nevertheless, the basic principle behind the kinds of wall-mounting plant container for plants as described above is all the same.

It is a principal object of the present invention to provide a novel form of container for plants, which container may be combined with one or more further similar containers to permit a greater variety of mounting possibilities, leading to more attractive plant displays.

According to the present invention, there is provided a container for plants including first and second conjoined side planes disposed substantially at right angles to permit the container to be positioned within a corner between two walls, each of the first and second side planes being provided with connection means to permit the coupling of the first plane or the second plane with a corresponding second plane or first plane respectively of a like container, whereby two or three such containers may be coupled together to permit the positioning of the resultant container against a flat wall or around an outside corner between two walls.

An advantage of the container according to the present invention is that there are greater possibilities for the display of plants using the container than with the known containers as described above. A single container of this invention may be mounted within an inside corner between two adjacent walls at right angles; two containers may be conjoined for mounting on a single flat wall; and three containers may be conjoined for mounting around the external corner between two adjacent walls. It would even be possible to conjoin four containers of this invention and provided the containers are modified to permit the attachment of such a group of four containers to a suitable pole, a most attractive display for plants may be obtained.To cover all of the above possibilities with the known kinds of wall-mounting containers for plants as described hereinbefore, three or even four separate designs of container would be required. The container of the present invention thus displays great economic advantages, especially where the container is moulded from a plastics material by an injection moulding process, for injection moulding dies for such a process are extremely expensive.

The connection means employed to couple two containers may take any suitable form, having regard to the nature of each container, including the overall size thereof, the material from which the container is manufactured, and so on. In its simplest form, the connection means may comprise at least one opening of a suitable shape through each side plane of the container, whereby appropriate fastenings may be passed through the aligried openings of two juxtaposed containers, so as to couple together those two containers. Such an arrangement has the advantage that the openings may also be used to receive fixing devices to permit the mounting of the container to a wall.

In its most preferred form, the connection means includes, on each side plane of a container, a pair of openings each of inverted keyhole or inverted 'T' shape.

Such an opening allows the use of a screw to serve as a fixing device for mounting the container on a wall, the projecting head of the screw being passed through a lower part of the opening, whereafter vertical downward movement of the container causes the shank of the screw to be received in an upper part of the opening.

Thereafter removal of the container from the screw is possible only by lifting the container upwardly.

When two like containers are to be coupled together, simple screw-threaded fasteners may be passed through the openings of two adjacent containers placed with their respective side planes aligned and in contact with one another, but it is preferred for studs specially adapted for the shape of the openings to be provided, each such stud having for example a pair of enlarged heads and a shank disposed therebetween, the heads being configured such that at least one of the heads may be passed through the aligned openings, but that axial rotation of the stud through a predetermined angle thereafter prevents withdrawal of that head through the openings. Conveniently, one of the heads is appropriately configured to assist the manual rotation thereof, to secure together the two containers.

As mentioned above, the container of this invention may advantageously be moulded from a plastics material, for example by an injection moulding process.

The container should include a front wall which may take any appropriate form, having regard to the intended use of the container, and so may consist of a substantially quarter hemispherical surface defined by suitable members - for example, by a plurality of generally vertically extending ribs running from an arcuate rail itself extending between the upper portions of the first and second side planes, down to a wall portion also extending between the first and second side planes, but adjacent the lower ends thereof. Other configurations of front wall for the container are equally possible whilst still permitting the container to embody the advantageous principles of this invention.

By way of example only, one specific embodiment of plant container of this invention will now be described in detail, reference being made to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 is a rear perspective view of the embodiment of container of this invention; Figure 2 is a perspective view of a connection stud for use with two containers each substantially as illustrated in Figure 1; and Figures 3 to 5 show three possible modes of employment for an embodiment of container of this invention.

Referring initially to Figure 1, the container of this invention comprises two side planes 10 and 11, arranged substantially at right angles to one another and each generally of quadrant shape. Each side plane has a pair of openings 12 disposed adjacent the upper edge of the side plane, for a purpose to be described below.

An arcuate rail 14 extends between the upper outer corners of the two side planes 10 and 11 respectively, and a plurality of ribs 15 extend generally vertically from the rail 14, down towards the region of the lower corner between the side planes 10 and 11. Each rib 15 thus also has a generally arcuate shape, and adjacent the lower corner 16 the ribs 15 merge into a single solid wall (Figure 3 - not shown in Figure 1).

Each opening 12 in the side planes has a horizontally directed first portion 17, and an upwardly directed extension portion 18, located centrally with respect to the horizontally directed portion 17. Thus, each opening 12 has a shape corresponding generally to that of an inverted 'T'.

A container of this invention as illustrated in Figure 1 may be conjoined with a further similar container with the side plane 11 thereof disposed to lie in contact and in register with side plane 10 of the first container; when so positioned, the openings 12 in the respective overlying side planes of the two containers are in register. Then, the two containers may be coupled together by means of a two fastening studs each for example as shown in Figure 2, which are passed through the aligned openings 12. Each such stud has a cylindrical shank 20 provided with a cross bar 21 at one end and a head 22 at the other end thereof, the head 22 being provided with a finger grip portion 23 to assist the handling of the stud.The stud is so proportioned that the cross bar 21 may be passed through the horizontally directed portion 17 of the openings 12 when the cross bar is disposed generally horizontally, but if the stud is then turned through 900, the cross bar 21 prevents withdrawal of the stud from the openings.

In use, a single container as illustrated in Figure 1 may be employed as shown in Figure 3, within an inside corner defined by two walls 25 and 26, extending generally at right angles. The container may be mounted to the two walls 25 and 26 by means of two screws 27, one in each wall respectively and the screws passing through one opening 1 2 in each of the two side planes 10 and 11 of the container. If required, four screws may be employed, one through each of the openings in the two side planes respectively. The screw size should be selected so that the head thereof will pass through the region of the opening 12 adjacent the junction between the portions 17 and 18 thereof, but such that the shank of the screw may then be located in portion 18 of the opening, whereafter the head of the screw serves to prevent the container falling away from the wall.

As illustrated in Figure 4, two containers 28 and 29 of this invention may be conjoined by means of two studs 30, the combined container then being attached to a flat wall 31 by means of two screws 32, passing respectively through side plane 10 of container 28, and side plane 11 of container 29. Four screws may he employed, if required, two through each side plane respectively. Yet another possibility is illustrated in Figure 5, where three containers 33, 34 and 35 are all conjoined, the combined container then being attached around the outside of a corner defined by two walls 36 and 37, substantially at right angles. Again, two screws 38 or four screws may be used to mount the combined container on the two walls, the screws passing through the respective openings in containers 33 and 35, as shown.

The container illustrated in Figure 1 is conveniently moulded from a plastics material by an injection moulding process. Though shown as having a front wall defined by rail 14 and a plurality of ribs 15, other designs for the front wall are equally possible while still permitting the mounting arrangements described above.

The container illustrated in Figure 1 may be modified such that the region of the junction between walls 10 and 11 is given an arcuate or other form, convex with respect to the interior of the container.

Should four such containers then be coupled together to define a complete ring, an opening for instance of cylindrical or square shape will be defined by the arcuate portions of all four containers. A suitable pole or post may thus be entered into that cylindrical opening, to support the group of four containers, the containers being screwed to that pole or port for example by screws. An alternative is to suspend the group of four containers by chains or other tension from a suitable support.

Claims (9)

1. A container for plants including first and second conjoined side planes disposed substantially at right angles to permit the container to be positioned within a corner between two walls, each of the first and second side planes being provided with connection means to permit the coupling of the first plane or the second plane with a corresponding second plane or first plane respectively of a like container, whereby two or three such containers may be coupled together to permit the positioning of the resultant container against a flat wall or around an outside corner between two walls.
2. A container according to claim 1, wherein the connection means comprises at least one opening through each side plane of the container, which openings are suitably shaped and disposed to permit the passage therethrough of a fastening to couple together the aligned openings of two juxtaposed containers.
3. A container according to claim 2, wherein the connection means includes, on each side plane of a container, a pair of openings each of inverted keyhole or inverted 'T' shape.
4. A container according to claim 3, wherein there is provided at least one fastening in the form of a stud adapted for the shape of said openings, each such stud having a pair of enlarged heads and a shank disposed therebetween, the heads being configured such that at least one of the heads may be passed through the aligned openings of the two juxtaposed containers, but on axial rotation of the stud through a predetermined angle, withdrawal of that head through the openings is prevented.
5. A container according to claim 4, wherein at least one of the heads is configured to assist the manual rotation thereof.
6. A container according to any of the preceding claims, wherein there is provided a front wall interconnecting the edges of the side lanes remote from the conjoined edges of those side planes.
7. A container according to claim 6, wherein the front wall is of a substantially quarter semispherical shape.
8. A container according to claim 7, wherein the front wall is defined by a plurality of generally vertically extending ribs running from an arcuate rail itself extending between the upper portions of the first and second side planes, down to a wall portion also extending between the first and second side planes, but adjacent the lower ends thereof.
9. A container for plants substantially as hereinbefore described, with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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DE9212989U1 (en) * 1992-09-26 1992-12-03 Schaub, Christa, Dipl.-Paed., O-7282 Bad Dueben, De
GB2272355A (en) * 1992-11-12 1994-05-18 John Robert Panton Improvements relating to flowerpots
US6539665B1 (en) * 1999-11-16 2003-04-01 Marcos Llona Planter having a vertical rabbet for conformally engaging an upright elongate member
US6615543B1 (en) 2002-08-23 2003-09-09 Jeffrey J. Palsrok Planter
US7340859B2 (en) 2004-10-06 2008-03-11 Palsrok Jeffrey J Planter with folding legs
GB2506340A (en) * 2012-08-09 2014-04-02 Kevin Moriaty A plant container plant container assemblies and a plant container support unit

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GB1470266A (en) * 1974-10-17 1977-04-14 Art & Media Ag Modular plant unit
EP0244935A1 (en) * 1986-05-09 1987-11-11 Takenaka Kohmuten Company Limited Indoor hydroponic cultivation planter
GB2203321A (en) * 1987-04-07 1988-10-19 Allan Marcus Hall Gardening aid

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GB1470266A (en) * 1974-10-17 1977-04-14 Art & Media Ag Modular plant unit
EP0244935A1 (en) * 1986-05-09 1987-11-11 Takenaka Kohmuten Company Limited Indoor hydroponic cultivation planter
GB2203321A (en) * 1987-04-07 1988-10-19 Allan Marcus Hall Gardening aid

Cited By (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
DE9212989U1 (en) * 1992-09-26 1992-12-03 Schaub, Christa, Dipl.-Paed., O-7282 Bad Dueben, De
GB2272355A (en) * 1992-11-12 1994-05-18 John Robert Panton Improvements relating to flowerpots
US6539665B1 (en) * 1999-11-16 2003-04-01 Marcos Llona Planter having a vertical rabbet for conformally engaging an upright elongate member
US6615543B1 (en) 2002-08-23 2003-09-09 Jeffrey J. Palsrok Planter
US7340859B2 (en) 2004-10-06 2008-03-11 Palsrok Jeffrey J Planter with folding legs
GB2506340A (en) * 2012-08-09 2014-04-02 Kevin Moriaty A plant container plant container assemblies and a plant container support unit

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