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adjective Horticulture.
  1. (of a plant) having the roots so densely grown as to fill the container and require repotting.
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Origin of potbound

First recorded in 1840–50; pot1 + -bound1
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Examples from the Web for pot-bound

Historical Examples

  • Take care not to have them pot-bound while in growth, but do not over-pot when bloom is wanted.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • If they afterwards get at all pot-bound, weak manure should be applied.

  • He dumped out the last dregs like mould from a pot-bound flower-pot.

  • That your children shall be scoffed at by the alien as useless outside their own pot-bound provinces.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • It was felt by our country that the United States must own the west coast or be pot-bound later on.

British Dictionary definitions for pot-bound


  1. (of a pot plant) having grown to fill all the available root space and therefore lacking room for continued growth
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