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Bottle watering garden plants, plants and other accessories are generally stored in a cool, dark place so that the water can be reserved for drinking or drinking purposes. A variety of cool, dark places are available, including sheds, garage, basements, and the like. Cool, dark places are, however, not always available when needed. Plants are also watered from a distance and time of day when the plant's accessibility is not convenient to the person providing the water. When not in use, bottles with water-reserving chambers are stored in a cooler or in the refrigerator, to thereby preserve the water. However, these locations are not always readily accessible to a person or device watering a plant. The water-reserving chamber and bottle must also be rotated with the plant as its water reserve diminishes. Thus, water bottles and water-reserving chambers are often not readily accessible, as they are not always kept in the most convenient location.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,409,346 to Keyes discloses a bottle holding fixture which can be positioned on a waterbed. The waterbed is filled with water during use. When the waterbed is drained and refilled, the bottle is automatically positioned in the same position in which it was last located. The position in which the bottle was last placed is selected by engaging one or more bottle latching teeth with the walls of the bed's periphery, and the base of the bottle rests in a predetermined location. In this way, the bottle can be positioned in the same place where it last was placed.
A bottle holding fixture for use on a waterbed, as disclosed by Keyes, would not be readily adaptable to a plant-watering situation. The waterbed cannot be conveniently filled with water for plant watering. First, the waterbed must be filled from its underside. Second, the waterbed cannot be conveniently filled with water because the waterbed's float pump must be primed with water. This could take several minutes and the operation of the pump could cause the waterbed to leak if the waterbed is not properly filled.
Another drawback to the Keyes device is that the waterbed is required to have a water source. Waterbeds do not often have an adequate water source, as they are often left dormant for months or years at a time. The lack of adequate water may cause damage to the waterbed and may require the waterbed to be primed with water several times before the waterbed will maintain a sufficient water pressure to fill the waterbed. The operation of the waterbed's float pump, as mentioned, also may cause the waterbed to leak if the waterbed is not primed with water.
While not requiring a waterbed, other devices for storing a plant-water bottle are known. U.S. Pat. No. 5,368,326 to Shafer et al. discloses a hanging plant watering system in which the bottle is hung from a ring by an elastic tether. The ring is attachable to an outside surface, such as the wall of a house, by a hook or with a carabiner. While the ring permits the bottle to hang from a support, the bottle cannot be moved with the plant. Also, the ring prevents the bottle from being easily removed from the support. As the water in the bottle drains and the bottle moves towards the soil, the bottle is pulled from the support, dragging the plant with it. To prevent the plant from being pulled from the support, a lock is provided which holds the bottle in place. Thus, the device may permit a plant to be taken from a support and watered, but the plant is not easily moved, and is not easily positioned to a desired watering site.
Another example of a plant watering device is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 5,038,837 to Schenberg et al. This patent discloses a watering device that is adapted to be hung by a cord from an indoor wall support. However, this device is not attachable to an outside wall and cannot be easily moved from one support to another. Furthermore, this device would be subject to being dislodged from a support during the movement of the plant, and the water would spill, rather than drain, from the bottle.
A bottle-supporting device for watering plants is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,107,800 to Raymond. Raymond discloses a structure that attaches to an outside wall support and, thus, does not require any additional support or wall. However, Raymond's device is not adapted to a broad variety of bottle shapes. Nor is the device adapted for use with watering devices that do not have a wide mouth. Moreover, Raymond's device is not adapted to a variety of bottle shapes, shapes of watering devices, and positions where bottles are used, including overhead and underground. Furthermore, Raymond's device requires installation by the plant's caretaker, such as a gardener or a home owner.
An automatic watering device is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,452,780 to Morelli. This automatic watering device permits the bottle to be positioned in the center of a sink, or other facility, while a container is removed and replaced. The automatic watering device further permits the bottle to be rotated with the container. When the container