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Modern large indoor planter displays are typically configured to be supported by large wall mounting structures, and to include a frame and an array of planters mounted to the frame. The frame is often a metal structural unit of varying sizes, and is usually fastened to the mounting structure. The mounting structure itself is typically made of metal, and may be designed to support a number of different configurations of planters.
The planters are usually in a tray-like form, and can be made of a plastic or glass material, or a combination of these. They are generally filled with a soil-like material such as a peat-based medium or a synthetic medium, but can also be filled with plant roots or stones. The soil is mixed with plant or root or stone or other material so as to maintain the roots of the plants contained therein. The soil is then covered with a drainage mat, typically a felt or fibrous mat, so as to prevent excess rain water from soaking the roots of the plant.
Plant pots and/or planters are typically filled with soil as described above using a so-called planter filler device. There are several styles of these plant pots and planters on the market. Typically, the planter is inserted into a planter holder, which includes a cavity, and a fill opening is provided in the cavity, typically at the bottom end of the cavity. The fill opening, when opened by a user, provides access to the soil in the pot.
This arrangement has disadvantages. The fill opening is typically only of small dimension. Thus, dirt, trash, and other material from the user's fingers, and/or from the environment that comes in contact with the fill opening, can pass into the pot. Also, when the user opens the fill opening, some dirt or debris in the air may enter into the planter, through the fill opening. The planter may then be used with plants which have these contaminants in their soil. The presence of dirt and other contaminates may cause the death of the plants or may cause stunted growth.
It would therefore be advantageous to provide a plant pot fill opening having improved features, which is easy to operate, and which reduces the passage of contamination into the planter.