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Package for transporting and displaying bunches of fresh cut flowers

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Marie Gumpper

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The technical field of the invention is that of making receptacles, packages, or parcels for living organisms or materials that are sensitive to changes in atmospheric conditions or surroundings, such as cut flowers. The lower portion (

3

1) of a funnel-shaped shell overlies and matches the shape of a top portion (

2

1) of a vase (

2) which has the same funnel shape as the lower portion of the shell.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The description and the accompanying figures show embodiments of the invention that have no limiting character: other embodiments are possible in the ambit of the scope and the extent of the invention, in particular by changing the ways in which the various portions constituting said package are made.

FIGS. 1 to

3 show a first embodiment.

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a package in accordance with the invention.

FIGS. 2A,

2B,

2C,

2D, and

2E are simplified plan views of a package assembly of the invention in which the covers and top portions are of various regular polygonal shapes and disposed vertically in the sockets of a common stand.

FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic perspective view of a display unit that can also be used for transporting packages of the invention on stands.

FIGS. 4 to

6 show a second embodiment of the invention.

FIGS. 4 and 7 show shell-constituting sheets in the flat state.

FIGS. 5 and 8 show vase-constituting sheets in the flat state.

FIGS. 6 and 9 show the packages of embodiments

2 and

3.

FIGS. 7 to

9 show a third embodiment.

Claims

1. A display and packaging unit comprising:

2. A package for bunches of fresh-cut flowers, the package comprising a quasi-rigid shell having an upper portion and lower portion, and surrounding at least the flowering ends of said flowers and including a leakproof and rigid vase having an upper portion and lower portion, and being suitable for containing at least one of a liquid and a gel for keeping the cut ends of the stems of said flowers hydrated, and said shell comprises a funnel-shaped portion so that the lower portion of the shell cooperates with the upper portion of the vase via connection means and whose upper portion of the shell surrounds the flowering ends of said flowers; and a cover for protecting said flowering ends, which cover closes the upper portion of the funnel-shaped shell, said shell including in its said upper portion of the shell at least one lateral opening/closing means for opening and closing said shell; wherein the connection means includes an opening disposed on one of the upper portion of the vase and the lower portion of the shell, and a hook disposed on one of the upper portion of the vase and respectively the lower portion of the shell, said hook being positioned to engage said opening and thereby connect the upper portion of the vase and the lower portion of the shell.

3. A package for bunches of fresh-cut flowers, the package comprising a quasi-rigid shell having an upper portion and lower portion, and surrounding at least the flowering ends of said flowers and including a leakproof and rigid vase having an upper portion and a lower portion, and being suitable for containing at least one of a liquid and a gel for keeping the cut ends of the stems of said flowers hydrated, and said shell comprises a funnel-shaped portion so that said lower portion of the shell cooperates with said upper portion of the vase via connection means and said upper portion of the shell surrounds the flowering ends of said flowers; and a cover for protecting said flowering ends, which cover closes the upper portion of the funnel-shaped shell, said upper portion of said shell including at least one lateral opening/closing means for opening and closing said shell; wherein the connection means includes an opening disposed on one of the upper portion of the vase and the lower portion of the shell, and a hook disposed on the other of the upper portion of the vase and the lower portion of the shell, said hook being positioned to engage said opening and thereby connect the upper portion of the vase and the lower portion of the shell.

4. A package for bunches of flowers according to claim 3, wherein the lower portion of the funnel-shaped shell overlies and matches the shape of an upper portion of the vase, which upper portion has the same funnel shape as said lower portion of the shell.

5. A package according to claim 3, wherein said shell is constituted by a precut and non-stuck sheet having nonparallel longitudinal first fold lines suitable for obtaining a funnel shape of polygonal section after folding.

6. A package according to claim 5, wherein said at least one lateral opening/closing means of said shell is constituted by hook and notch shaped cutouts on the side edges in the upper portion of the shell located above the vase.

7. A package according to claim 3, wherein said upper portion of said shell includes an upper funnel having sides and a central axis, and said lower portion thereof includes a lower funnel having sides and a central axis co-axial with said central axis of said upper funnel, the sides of the upper funnel sloping relative to said central axis thereof at an angle that is smaller than the angle at which the sides of the lower funnel slope relative to the central axis of the upper and lower funnels, said lower funnel of the shell overlying said upper portion of the vase.

8. A package according to claim 3, wherein said vase is constituted by a sheet having parallel longitudinal first fold lines enabling the following to be formed by folding from top to bottom:

9. A package according to claim 8, wherein said vase has a top first parallelepipedal portion defined by second fold lines perpendicular to said parallel fold lines of said vase, said first parallelpipedal portion being situated above said upper funnel-shaped portion and constituting the top opening of the vase.

10. A package according to claim 8, wherein said vase has a second parallelepipedal portion corresponding to the lower portion of said vase and defined by second fold lines perpendicular to said parallel fold lines, said second parallelepipedal portion being situated beneath said lower second funnel-shaped portion of said vase, and including the bottom of said vase.

11. A package according to claim 3, wherein said cover is constituted by cutting out one or more zones at a top end of a sheet constituting said shell and enabling a top opening of the upper funnel of said shell to be closed after folding.

12. A package according to claim 11, herein said sheet constituting said shell has one or more zones at its top end suitable for constituting a handle after folding.

13. A package according to claim 3, wherein the shell is made of a transparent plastics material.

14. A package according to claim 3, wherein the vase is made of a folded flat sheet having qualities of mechanical resistance to moisture, and including a leakproof inner lining for retaining water that is poured into said vase.

15. A package according to claim 3, the package being made up of two portions respectively constituting a shell and a vase, said shell and vase being suitable for being folded into a flat shape prior to use.

16. A package according to claim 3, wherein the connection means includes an opening disposed on one of the upper portion of the shell and the lower portion of the shell, and a hook disposed on the other of the upper portion of the shell and the lower portion of the shell, said hook being positioned to engage said opening and thereby connect the upper and lower portions of the shell.

17. A package according to claim 3 wherein said shell comprises a precut and non-stick sheet having nonparallel longitudinal first fold lines suitable for obtaining a funnel shape of polygonal section after folding; and wherein said connection means between the shell and the vase comprise openings in the lower portion of the shell along said non-parallel longitudinal first fold lines of the shell, and hooking means consisting of projecting elements at corners of the upper portion of the vase in the form of a polygonal funnel, said projecting elements penetrating into said openings of the shell after the shell has been folded around the vase and said at least one lateral opening/closing means of said shell have been operated to close said connection of said shell and said vase.