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Dec. 31, 1946. ~
Filed Oct. 26, 1944
Patented Dec. 31, 1946
John A. Dockry, Painesville, Ohio
Application October 26, 1944, Serial No. 560,430
1 Claim.
(CI. 47-23)
once now to Figure 2, the shield i! is comprised
of a metallic member 13, of semi-cylindrical form,
particularly to such a shield adapted to be uti
at the opposite extremities of which are posi
lized in horticultural industry.
tioned a pair of shields or packing members 14,
A primary object of this invention is the pro
comprised of felt or some similar relatively soft
vision of a bud shield, adapted to protect buds
material, and having arcuate interior surfaces
of a plant, a tree or the like, from bruising, dam
l5 of concave con?guration, adapted to rest
age or other injury, as while being shipped or
closely adjacent the stalk it. A hole or aperture
it in the side of the shield i3 is adapted to be
An additional object of this invention is the
provision of such a bud shield which will be rela l0 engaged by one end of the band or string l2.
From the foregoing the method of use of the
tively strong and durable, and thoroughly ef?
device should now be readily understandable.
cacious for protecting such buds from injury.
The bud is either selected or positioned on the
As conducive to a clearer understanding of this
stalk l8, and the shield ll positioned there
invention it may here be pointed out that in cer
tain horticultural industries, such as rose grow 15 around, in such manner that the bud ?ts snugly
in the recess between the end caps or closure
ing or the like, it has hitherto been customary to
members It, the relatively heavy metal shield
transplant rose plants for stock in the propaga
l3 serving to protect the same effectively from
tion of roses, by shipping sections of the stalk
injury. The band I 2 is now wound tightly around
thereof, with the roots attached, the plants being
shipped after their second season of growth. By 20 the shield and the stalk Ill, and its extremity se
cured in any desired manner, whereupon the
means of the instant invention a live bud may
stalk I0 is ready for shipment and the bud asso
be transplanted directly on the stalk and the
ciated therewith effectively protected against ac~
plant shipped after the first season, the guard
cidental bruising or corresponding damage.
precluding bruising or damage to the buds oc
This invention relates to a bud shield, and more
casioned by rough handling during shipping, thus
From the foregoing it will now be seen that
effecting a material saving in time, expense, and
> there is herein provided a device accomplishing
shipping weight.
Other objects will in part ‘be obvious ahd in part
be pointed out as the description of the inven
tion proceeds and shown in the accompanying
drawing, wherein there is disclosed a preferred
embodment of this inventive concept.
In the drawing
Figure 1 is a fragmentary side elevational view
of a stalk as of a rose plant or the like showing
the shield of the instant invention positioned
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the bud shield,
all the objects of this invention and others in
cluding many advantages of great practical util
ity and commercial importance.
As many embodiments may be made of this
inventive concept, and as many modifications
may be made in the embodiment hereinbeiore
shown and described, it is to be understood that
all matter herein is to be interpreted merely as
illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
I claim:
A bud shield including a relatively hard semi
cylindrical casing adapted to be secured to the
side of a plant stem to overlie a bud, spaced‘cush
Like reference numerals refer to like parts 40 ioning bearing plugs positioned in the opposite
ends of said casing forming a semi-cylindrical
throughout the-several views of the drawing.
bud. protecting recess, said plugs being adapted
Having reference now to the drawing, there is
to have bearing engagement with the surface of
indicated at [0 the stalk of a rose plant or the
a plant stem, and means for securing said casing
like, to which is secured the bud shield, which is
generally indicated at H, of the instant inven 45 to said plant stern.
tion, as by a cord, rubber band or the like,
as viewed from the inner or stalk abutting side.
wrapped therearound. Having particular refer
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