variants or pot bound or potbound
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

Examples of pot-bound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, their roots may be pot-bound and they may not have been consistently watered. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pot-bound was in 1835

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“Pot-bound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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