rootbound


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(of a potted plant) grown too large for its container resulting in matting or tangling of the roots

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having the roots matted or densely tangled

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When the plants have developed the five or more leaves they need to capture a fair amount of sunlight, and before becoming rootbound, they can be transplanted to their permanent sites.
Denz recommends planting palms in well-drained soil, taking care not to disturb the roots even if the plant is rootbound.
Avoid buying plants that have leggy stems, or lots of roots protruding through drain holes of the nursery pots--signs that the plants are probably rootbound and may perform poorly.
Don't buy leggy plants or ones that are overgrown and rootbound.
Loosen the rootball before planting, especially if it looks rootbound.
Check container bottoms to make sure roots aren't growing out of them, which may mean plants are rootbound.
Follow this time-tested method for easing plants out of nursery pots (you may need to cut the pot off seriously rootbound plants).
It's versatile - use it to dig holes, create seed furrows, weed in tight spaces, and saw through rootbound soil.
Lots of roots poking through a pot's drain holes could indicate rootbound plants.
We found godetia easy to transplant, provided that the plants don't become rootbound in the containers and that the rootball is handled gently.
Check nurseries and garden centers for vegetable seedlings that are well developed but not rootbound.
Plants left over from the spring inventory and offered in the same containers in fall may be rootbound.
But even if cost isn't a consideration, healthy plants in small containers, if not rootbound, generally go through less transplant shock and get established faster than larger plants.