pot-bound

adjective
\ ˈpät-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce pot-bound (audio) \
variants: or pot bound or potbound

Definition of pot-bound

of a potted plant
: having roots formed into a dense, tangled mass that encircles the inside of a container and that allows little or no space for further growth : root-bound Examine the root system of container plants carefully to make certain that the plant has not become pot-bound. If it has, the roots will have circled around the inside of the pot and will be a solid, entangled mass.— Robert Emmerich et al. Grow several bulbs in one pot so they remain potbound.— Joan Lee Faust

First Known Use of pot-bound

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Pot-bound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pot-bound. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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