Plant wall and modules for growing plants

  • US 9,226,457 B2
  • Filed: 08/31/2010
  • Issued: 01/05/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/09/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A plant wall for growing plants comprising:

  • at least one module for housing an inert growing medium, the module including a front, back, top, and a bottom, the inert growing medium configured to receive at least one plant;

    a support frame for securing the at least one module to a wall;

    an irrigation system for delivering water and nutrients to the growing medium, wherein the irrigation system includes an irrigation pipe positioned adjacent to an opening formed in the top of said module, wherein said module and the irrigation system are configured such that the module may be removed from the support frame without removing the irrigation pipe, and wherein said irrigation system distributes water evenly across the growing medium as water descends through said top opening in said housing; and

    at least one drainage module positioned between the back of the module and the support frame, the drainage module including a front wall, an impermeable back wall, a top and a bottom defining a drainage channel, the front wall positioned adjacent to the back of the module and having at least one drainage opening, wherein excess water delivered to the inert growing medium by the irrigation system exits from the growing medium through the at least one drainage opening and into the drainage channel,wherein a plurality of at least one drainage modules are vertically connected to each other such that the bottom of a first drainage module is connected to the top of a second drainage module providing a continuous drainage channel between vertically adjacent modules of the plant wall such that the water exiting a higher module does not enter another module located below.

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