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Watering containers for indoor plants are well known in the art. Numerous means are available for dispensing water to indoor plants. Typically, the various means will include one or more reservoirs for holding water and a source of pressurized water such as a garden hose or the like.
One such means of dispensing water to indoor plants is a reservoir. Typically, these devices are in the form of a tray or shallow container into which a liquid and the roots of a plant are combined, and from which water is drawn through perforations in the container, typically the top of the container. When the water is not being drawn from the container, which may be due to the potting medium being dry, the container is normally vented. These types of containers are relatively easy to use and to care for.
A reservoir for an indoor plant has certain disadvantages. Due to the need to keep the roots wet and to prevent them from drying out, these containers typically must have perforations formed in the container walls which is expensive, requires special molds to be created and has the inherent possibility of the roots having been damaged. Additionally, if the user decides to change the potting medium in the reservoir, it is usually necessary to vent the container to remove air from the container and allow for the potting medium to mix with the water and roots. If a layer of the potting medium is left in the reservoir, the potting medium is a breeding ground for bacteria and other pathogens. Consequently, a reservoir is not readily adaptable to different types of plants and to different environments.
Another popular means of providing a fluid for plant watering is a plant drip tray. Typically, these devices have a tray with at least one water conducting spout into which a container holding a liquid is secured. This means of watering an indoor plant is less prone to water wastage than the reservoir. Water is dispensed by the plant. The level of the liquid in the container is kept at a desired height by means of the water conducting spout. The water conducting spout is connected to a water source by a hose or other conduit. By using a tray with a water conducting spout and a level adjusting reservoir, there is a tendency for liquid to spill or to run off the tray.
Furthermore, an indoor plant is commonly planted in a container or pot that is not very substantial or durable. Many plants are potted in a cork, clay or plastic material. These plants may be easily damaged and may be easily broken.
Some other types of containers used for indoor plant keeping are planter baskets, planter boxes, and hanging planters. Typically, these containers require some type of drainage system or some other means of keeping the soil dry. These containers are usually constructed of rigid materials which do not support the plant.
In addition, there is currently a need for a container system that allows a user to keep and care for an indoor plant, plant roots and/or plant soil. This container system should allow easy soil maintenance, drainage, and should support an indoor plant. A container for indoor plant keeping and care should be designed for indoor use only. The container should not be flammable, toxic, or a health hazard.
There are also a number of containers available for use outdoors. These containers may be heavy, rigid, large, and/or have limited flexibility. Outdoor containers do not adequately support a plant that is planted in the soil. Outdoor containers cannot be moved from one location to another. Outdoor plant keeping and care also require access to a watering system and other types of maintenance. An outdoor plant container must be provided with a drainage system.
Some other current plant keeping and care containers are commonly constructed of materials that are flammable, toxic, or a health hazard. Plant keeping and care containers that have no means of restricting evaporation, such as plastic, or that are made of materials that are flammable, toxic or a health hazard cannot be used in a commercial or residential location. Commercial and residential locations are in an area that is accessible to children, pets, and customers. A container must be accessible to all customers. Commercial and residential plants are in an area that is often visited by children, pets, or customers. Therefore, it is desirable to have a container that is not toxic, flammable or a health hazard.
The present invention addresses the disadvantages of the known art. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention is light weight and flexible. It does not have a separate drainage component, and, therefore, is suitable for use with many types of plants and other objects. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention is not flammable, toxic or a health hazard. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
The plant keeping and care container of the present invention provides a rigid and relatively impermeable surface that is suitable for supporting a plant that is planted in soil. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention has a rigid rim portion that defines a chamber that contains soil. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention may be used in conjunction with an irrigation system or other method of providing moisture to the soil, thereby causing the plant to grow. The plant keeping and care container of the present invention may be placed upon a