over·​plant ˌō-vər-ˈplant How to pronounce overplant (audio)
overplanted; overplanting

transitive + intransitive

: to plant too densely or excessively
took care not to overplant the daffodils
an overplanted garden
You can even overplant and remove the unwanted plants when they have grown too big.Kay Montgomery
also : to plant in excess of market demand or prescribed quotas
farmers accused of overplanting corn
overplanted and have more crop than there is demand for … Brad Lendon
: to plant on top of another plant or crop
I overplant the bulbs with an open, evergreen ground cover …C. Colston Burrell
… when the foliage dies down, you know more or less where they are and can overplant with summer annuals. Or, once you plant the bulbs, you can overplant immediately with pansies.Margot Rochester

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overplant was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Overplant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overplant. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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