The invention relates to a packaging for flowers comprising a lower
box made of water-tight material, and an upper box having its base uppermost.
Such a packaging is known from EP-A-0164795.
Flowers can be transported both wet and dry over large distances
provided they are packed in a suitable packaging. The disadvantage of wet packing
is that growth can continue if the cooling is not well controlled. A disadvantage
of dry packing is that drying out can take place and that the flowers must be unpacked
rapidly and placed in water on arrival. A known wet packaging is a bucket or watertight
box in an outer box. The flowers can be displayed by removing the entire outer
box. In the case of a watertight inner box, there are two possibilities: one in
which cardboard is coated with wax, and one in which cardboard is coated with plastic.
The first possibility leads to leakage at the folds and the second possibility
is expensive. Further the flowers have to be transferred on arrival in the shop
or flower stall.
The upper box of the packaging disclosed in EP-A-0164795 is a slip-over
box slipping over the lower box to a position where it rests on the bottom or
an other packaging. If the flowers have to be displayed in the auction, the upper
box has to be removed completely. To bring it back in the original position is
difficult and takes a lot of time. Further the lower box is made of cardboard with
a water-tight coating. The leak proofness of such material is very poor. Since
the lower box has perpendicular walls, it is not nestable in an equivalent box.
The aim of the invention is to provide a relatively inexpensive packaging
for upright packing of flowers, which is suitable for dry and wet packing and which,
in the case of wet packing, cannot leak;
furthermore, it is an objective of the inventlon to design this packaging
so that the packed flowers can be displayed from the top by the simple removal
or hinging of a part of the packaging and that the part can be replaced in the
closed position without any problem.
Finally, the packaging according to the invention is intended to enable,
by removal of a part thereof, the flowers to be displayed to the public in a shop
or flower stall without their having to be transferred to a bucket or the like.
According to the invention, the packaging is characterized by the
- the lower box is a plastic crate having inclined walls so that it is nestable
in an equivalent crate,
- the upper edge of said crate is provided with a circumferential ridge or edge,
- the lower edge of the side walls of the upper box rests on said ridge or edge,
- the base of the upper box is removable or hingable so that it can open and
It is possible to seal the crate and upper box with one another solely
with adhesive tape, however, it is better to also employ separate locking devices
for the detachable locking of upper box and crate, for example, by using projecting
lips and openings intended to receive these.
To make the packaging easy to handle, the upper box is provided with
The base could be connected to the upper box in a hingable manner.
However, it is preferred to make the box base wholely removable and to provide
it with folded-over projecting edges which can be fixed on the box by adhesive
The invention will now be illustrated in more detail with the aid
of the figures, in which an example of an embodiment is shown.
Figure 1 shows a perspective view of a packaging in the dismantled
Figure 2 shows a perspective view of this packaging in the assembled
The packaging shown comprises a plastic crate 1 and a cardboard box
2, of which the base 3 is loose.
The crate has a rectangular cross-section and the cross-section surface
area decreases slightly from top to bottom, so that nesting of crates is possible.
An upwardly projecting ridge 4, on which, as Figure 2 shows, the bottom edge of
the box 2 can rest, is provided just below the top edge.
The box 2, which, for example, can be made watertight with wax, has
a rectangular cross-section such that it can be pushed over the top edge of the
crate until the lower edge of the box rests on the ridge 4.
The crate is also provided with two outwardly projecting lips 5,
which can grip in openings 6 of the box to enable box and crate to be detachably
locked to one another. In practice, the fixing of crate and box is reinforced
by adhesive tape. The box also has a hand-grip opening 7 in each of its side faces.
The loose base 3, which in fact forms the top of the packaging, is
also made of cardboard and has projecting folded edges 8 which can be fixed to
the box with adhesive tape.
The packaging is filled with flowers while the box 2 is in position
on the crate 1 without box base 3.
After filling, the base 3 is firmly fixed on the box 2. The base
3 can temporarily be removed at the auction or the like to display the flowers
from the top.
In the shop or flower hall the box 2 is removed and the tightly packed
flowers fan out. Transfer to a bucket is not necessary.
In connection with saving of material and good cooling, the side
walls of the crate 1 are provided with openings 9. A completely solid-walled crate
is, however, entirely possible.
The box 2 can be of various heights, depending on the length of the
flowers to be packed.
The lid 3 can be of various materials and shapes, depending on the
manner of closure. A profile, which prevents the crate shifting on the lid, can
also be provided in or on the lid.