GB2349790A - Varying height plant growing assembly - Google Patents

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GB2349790A
GB2349790A GB9905890A GB9905890A GB2349790A GB 2349790 A GB2349790 A GB 2349790A GB 9905890 A GB9905890 A GB 9905890A GB 9905890 A GB9905890 A GB 9905890A GB 2349790 A GB2349790 A GB 2349790A
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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

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A plant growing assembly comprises a base unit 10 forming a container having an open end, and an upper unit 20 forming a container having an open top and an open bottom. The upper unit 20 is arranged to fit onto the top of the base unit to extend the height of the container formed by the base unit. There may be a plurality of upper units 20 may be provided to further extend the height of the container. The units 10,20 may be joined together by means of a two part collar 30 having grooves (31,32, figure 5) to engage the units 10 20. Feet (46, figure 8) may be provided on the bottom of base unit 10. The assembly may be used for growing particularly potatoes.

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2349790 Plant Growing Arrangements The present invention relates to

arrangements for use in growing potato or other plants.

It has been known to grow potato plants using old tyres: a tyre is placed on the ground and filled with compost, in which a number (e.g. 4 to 6) seek potatoes are then plated; once shoots appear and have grown to an appropriate height (typically 6 inches), a second tyre is then placed on top of the first tyre and filled with more compost. The process is continued, another tyre being added and filled with compost once shoots grow out of the compost of the uppermost tyre. The procedure enables potato or other plants to be grown in a confined space.

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a plant growing assembly which comprises a base unit forming a container having an open top, and an upper unit forming a container having an open top and an open bottom, the upper unit being arranged to fit onto the top of the base unit to extend the height of the container formed by the base unit.

Preferably the base unit comprises a bottom wall and an upstanding peripheral wall. Preferably the bottom wall is formed with a number of holes or apertures for drainage. The bottom wall may be formed with a number or projections on its undersurface, forming supporting feet.

The base unit and upper unit are preferably of substantially the same size and shape in cross-section. The peripheral wall of each unit may be of substantially uniform thickness, typically of the order of 3mm.

The base unit and upper unit may be circular in crosssection. They may however be of any other cross-sectional shape, e.g. square or hexagonal, or semi-circular (for placement against a wall), quarter-circular (for placement in a corner), or horseshoe - shaped (to fit around a drainpipe against a wall).

The upper unit may be arranged to fit on the top of the base unit via a collar which has a groove on its underside to receive the top edge of the base unit, and a groove or rebate 2 in its upperside to receive the bottom edge of the upper unit. Instead, the bottom edge of the upper unit and the top edge of the base unit may be arranged to interf it directly. For example, the edge of each unit may be arranged to fit into 5 a complementary rebate in one surface of the other unit.

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described by way of examples only and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of a first embodiment of plant growing assembly in accordance with the present invention, showing an upper unit being fitted onto a base unit of the assembly; FIGURE 2 is a similar view of the assembly shown when the upper unit is fitted onto the base unit; FIGURE 3 is a side view of the base unit of the assembly of Figures I and 2; FIGURE 4 is a top plan view of the base unit of the assembly of Figures 1 and 2; FIGURE 5 is a vertical section through the assembly shown in Figure 2; FIGURE 6 is an isometric view of a second embodiment of plant growing assembly in accordance with the present invention, showing an upper unit being fitted onto a base unit of the assembly; FIGURE 7 is a similar view of the assembly of Figure 6, shown with the upper unit fitted onto the base unit; FIGURE 8 is a side view of the base unit of the assembly of Figures 6 and 7; FIGURE 9 is a top plan view of the base unit of the assembly of Figures 6 and 7; and FIGURE 10 is a vertical section through the assembly shown in Figure 6.

Referring to Figures 1 to 5 of the drawings, there is shown a plant growing assembly which comprises a base unit 10 and an upper unit 20, the upper unit 20 being arranged to fit onto the base unit 10: an additional unit, identical to the upper unit 20, may be fitted onto the upper unit 20, and so on.

The base unit 10 is generally cup-shaped, comprising a flat circular bottom 12 and an upstanding cylindrical wall 14.

3 The flat bottom 12 is formed with a number of holes 13 to allow drainage.

The upper unit 20 is in the form of a cylinder which is fully open at both ends. An annular collar 30 is provided for fitting the base unit 10 and upper unit 20 together. The annular collar 30 is formed as two semi-circular parts which fit together. The collar is formed in its upper and lower sides with annular grooves 31,32 which are radially aligned with each other. The collar 30 fits on the top of the base unit 10, with the peripheral top edge or rim of the base unit received within the annular groove 32 formed in the lower side of the collar 30. The upper unit 20 then fits on the top of the collar 30, with the bottom edge or rim of the upper unit 20 received within the annular groove 31 in the upper side of the collar.

In use, firstly the base unit 10 is used on its own: the base unit 10 is filled with compost and a number of seed potatoes are planted in this and allowed to propagate. When the shoots have grown to an appropriate height, the upper unit 20 is fitted onto the top of the base unit, using the collar 30 in the manner described above. The upper unit 20 is then filled with compost, effectively burying the shoots from the seed potatoes. When the shoots grow to an appropriate height above the top of the upper unit 20, a further unit, identical with unit 20, is fitted on the top, using a further collar identical with the collar 30, and again filled with compost. The procedure is repeated as many times as required, using additional units identical with unit 20 and collars identical with collar 30. 30 Figures 6 to 10 of the accompanying drawings show a second embodiment of plant growing assembly, which comprises a base unit 40 and an upper unit 50, the upper unit 50 being arranged to fit onto the top of the base unit 40. One or more additional units, identical with the upper unit 501 may be 35 fitted on top, in similar manner to the assembly of Figures I to 5. The base unit 30 is generally cup-shaped, comprising a flat, circular bottom 42 and an upstanding cylindrical wall 44. The bottom 42 is formed with a number of holes 43 for drainage:

4 the underside of the bottom 42 is provided with a number of projections 46 which form supporting feet.

The top edge of the base unit 40 is formed with a peripheral rebate 48 around its outer surface. The upper unit 50 is in the form of a cylinder which is of the same diameter of the base unit and fully open at its opposite ends: at one end, the upper unit 50 is formed with a circumferential rebate 52 in its inner surface; at its opposite end, the upper unit 50 is formed with a peripheral rebate 54 around its outer surface, corresponding to the rebate 48 of the top edge of the base unit. It will be appreciated that the upper unit 50 is fitted onto the top of the base unit 40, with the projecting, reduced-thickness rim of each unit 40,50 locating in the annular rebate 52,48 of the other unit.

A further unit, identical with unit 50, may be fitted on top, with the projecting rims of each unit locating into the complementary rebate of the other unit.

It will be appreciated that the assembly of Figures 6 to 10 may be used in the same manner as the assembly of Figures 1 to 5.

Preferably the units are formed of frost-resistant and UV-protected plastics material, with a wall thickness of about 3mm. The units may be made in a wide variety of colours.

Whilst the units which are shown in the drawings are circular in section, they may instead be of any appropriate alternative cross-sectional shape, e.g. square,hexagonal, semi-circular (for placement against a wall), quarter-circular (for placement in a corner), or horseshoe (for fitting around a drainpipe against a wall).

Finally, it will be appreciated that the assembly in accordance with the invention enables potatoes or other plants to be grown in conf ined areas and so used, for example, in backyards, patios or balconies.

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1) A plant growing assembly which comprises a base unit forming a container having an open end, and an upper unit forming a container having an open top and an open bottom, the upper unit being arranged to fit onto the top of the base unit to extend the height of the container formed by the base unit.
2) An assembly as claimed in claim 1, in which said base unit comprises a bottom wall and an upstanding peripheral wall.
3) An assembly as claimed in claim 2, in which said bottom wall of said base unit is formed with a number of holes or apertures for drainage.
4) An assembly as claimed in claim 2 or 3, in which said bottom wall of said base unit is formed with a number of projections on its undersurface, forming supporting feet for said base unit.
5) An assembly as claimed in any preceding claim, in which said base unit and upper unit are of substantially the same size and shape in plan view.
6) An assembly as claimed in any preceding claim, in which said base unit and upper unit have peripheral walls of substantially uniform thickness.
7) An assembly as claimed in any preceding claim, in which said upper unit is arranged to fit on the top of said base unit via a collar which has a groove on its underside to receive the top edge of said base unit, and a groove or rebate on its upperside to receive the bottom edge of said upper unit.
6 8) An assembly as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 6, in which the bottom edge of said upper unit and the top edge of said base unit are arranged to interfit directly.
9) A plant growing assembly substantially as herein described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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GB2365308A (en) * 2000-08-08 2002-02-20 Henry John Bessinger Potato growing structure
US6360484B1 (en) * 2000-05-09 2002-03-26 Dynamic Design, Inc. Planter and method of manufacturing same
NL1031049C2 (en) * 2006-02-02 2007-08-03 Handelsonderneming Van Krimpen Plant pot for e.g. orchid, has extension piece around its upper edge for allowing leaves and air roots to grow away from pot
US8584399B2 (en) 2005-10-26 2013-11-19 Ames True Temper, Inc. Hybrid polyurethane planters and method of forming thereof
US9237692B2 (en) 2011-05-24 2016-01-19 Att Southern Inc. Planter with snap-in rim insert

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GB2212375A (en) * 1987-12-14 1989-07-26 John Tebbitt Batley Tiered container for plants

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US6360484B1 (en) * 2000-05-09 2002-03-26 Dynamic Design, Inc. Planter and method of manufacturing same
GB2365308A (en) * 2000-08-08 2002-02-20 Henry John Bessinger Potato growing structure
US8584399B2 (en) 2005-10-26 2013-11-19 Ames True Temper, Inc. Hybrid polyurethane planters and method of forming thereof
NL1031049C2 (en) * 2006-02-02 2007-08-03 Handelsonderneming Van Krimpen Plant pot for e.g. orchid, has extension piece around its upper edge for allowing leaves and air roots to grow away from pot
US9237692B2 (en) 2011-05-24 2016-01-19 Att Southern Inc. Planter with snap-in rim insert

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