Moisture absorbing and water transferring self watering structured stackable plant containers
United States(US) Patent
Wilkes, Nancy J.
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Denk, Paul M.
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A moisture absorbing and water transferring self watering structured planters, including a plurality of a tapering plant pots, capable of mounting one upon another in a staggered fashion, to provide a series of stacked planters, a bottom planter shaped to provide for its accommodations upon a deck r
A moisture absorbing and water transferring self watering structured planters, including a plurality of a tapering plant pots, capable of mounting one upon another in a staggered fashion, to provide a series of stacked planters, a bottom planter shaped to provide for its accommodations upon a deck rail, or the bottom planter may locate within a tray, even one that contains casters, to provide freedom for movement upon a patio, deck, or other floor. Contained within each of the stackable containers, and also within the bottom planter, is an elevated base, containing perforations, and a series of downwardly depending slotted wells, the latter into which potting soil may locate, for submerging into any water contained within water reservoirs provided within the bottom of each container, or bottom planter, to achieve migration of water upwardly into the potting soil, for irrigation and moisturization of the root system of any planted vegetation.
The invention claimed is: 1. A planter comprising a series of stacked containers, each container having a shape that provides for a series of containers to be stacked in staggered fashion vertically one upon the other to provide a series of stacked containers; a lower tray provided under the bottom
The invention claimed is: 1. A planter comprising a series of stacked containers, each container having a shape that provides for a series of containers to be stacked in staggered fashion vertically one upon the other to provide a series of stacked containers; a lower tray provided under the bottom of the stacked containers, and for holding the stacked containers in position, and to allow for collection of any excess residue water as applied to the containers during plant watering; each container having a series of equally spaced, integral flutes extending outwardly thereof to provide the shaped container, there being internal portions integrally formed of each container and provided intermediate each pair of flutes, each flute of a container thereabove being arranged overlying and in alignment with the internal portion of a shaped container therebelow, when the containers are stacked vertically into their assembly; each container having a bottom wall, and an elevated base provided within each container and being arranged spacedly upwardly from the bottom wall of the container in which it inserts, said elevated base provided for the support of potting soil thereabove, when a container is prepared for planting, and each elevated base, with the bottom wall of the container, forming a water reservoir therebelow, at least one downwardly depending well integrally formed and extending below the elevated base, and provided for holding potting soil therein, such that when the elevated base is seated within the container, its well locates within the water reservoir for absorption of any moisture therein and attaining moisture migration upwardly into the potting soil of the container to sustain moisturization of any potted plant, each well has a series of slots provided therein to allow for migration of water from the reservoir into the well for moisturizing the potting soil therein; each flute of a container has an inner wall contour shaped and extending approximately between the upper lip of said container and down to its bottom wall, each elevated base having an extension extending out into the area of the flute, internally of the container, and being arranged in close proximity with the inner wall of said container within the region of its flute to thereby prevent the downward passage of any potting soil into the region of the water reservoir, each elevated base having a series of slots provided therein the allow for passage of excess water into the water reservoir of the container, and each extending portion of the elevated base having at least one of said integral wells extending downwardly therefrom and into which potting soil enters during preparation and usage of the planter, each integral well formed of the elevated base has a bottom, and the bottom of each well extends downwardly into close proximity with the bottom wall of its corresponding container; the lowest container of the series of vertically stacked containers engages the lower tray upon which it mounts; a series of said elevated bases, with their downwardly depending wells, are capable of nesting within each other during storage; the bottom of each container includes its formed water reservoir centrally thereof, a weir integrally provided between said water reservoir and the outer interior segment of each formed flute to provide an outer reservoir thereat, each outer reservoir having at least one slot provided therethrough to allow for drainage of any excess water out of the container and downwardly into any subjacent containers stacked therebelow, the bottom of each container inwardly of their excess water reservoir, and inwardly of its weir, having another integrally and downwardly extending well, and the bottom of each elevated base well extending thereinto, to expose any contained soil within the well to the water provided therein for migration upwardly into the potting soil of the stacked container, whereby upon watering of any plants within the planter allows water to pass into the water reservoir, and to also pass within the region of the flutes and into the outer interior segment of each container outwardly of its weir to provide for passage of excess water into the container therebelow. 2. The planter of claim 1 wherein said tray has a series of castors depending therefrom, and said tray capable of rolling movement when applied. 3. The planter of claim 1 wherein a series of said elevated bases, with their downwardly depending wells, are nestable within each other during storage. 4. The planter of claim 1 wherein the lower container includes a series of castors, extending downwardly therefrom, to provide for facilitating movement of the bottom container, and any containers stacked thereon. 5. The planter of claim 1 and wherein said tray has an upwardly extending locking means, and each lower outer extension of the flute of each container having an inwardly directed slot therein, for engagement with the locking means of a tray, to secure any mounted container within the lower tray thereto and prevent their separation when engaged. 6. The lower container of claim 1 and including a series of slots provided within the elevated base, to provide for descent of water therethrough, but preventing the movement of potting soil through the elevated base during usage. 7. The planter of claim 6 and including wicking means, operatively associated with the elevated base of the container, and said wicking means extending downwardly into the water reservoir, and further extending upwardly into the potting soil, to provide for further transfer of moisture from the water reservoir into the potting soil during usage.
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