\ ˈrüt-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce root-bound (audio) also ˈru̇t- \
variants: or root bound or rootbound

Definition of root-bound

: having roots formed into a dense, tangled mass that allows little or no space for further growth These plants have a natural tendency to become root-bound, with their roots growing in a spiralling mass. This condition can be accelerated by tight, clay-like soils and shallow, frequent waterings which encourage corresponding shallow, lateral rooting.— Maire Simington especially, 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 : pot-bound Even if it's root-bound, a plant shouldn't be repotted just as it goes into the dormant season. — Tovah Martin If plants are rootbound and dry out fast, repot into larger containers. Sunset

First Known Use of root-bound

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Root-bound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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