overplant

verb over·plant \ ˌō-vər-ə-ˈplant \

Definition of overplant

overplanted; overplanting
transitive + intransitive
1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of overplant

1890

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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