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Having grown too large for its container, resulting in matted or tangled roots. Used of a potted plant.
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(of a plant) having roots so densely grown as to fill the container and require repotting.
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Adj.1.potbound - (of a potted plant) grown too large for its container resulting in matting or tangling of the roots
planted - set in the soil for growth
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[ˈpɒtˌbaʊnd] adj this plant is potboundil vaso è ormai troppo piccolo per questa pianta
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These trees have the advantage of a root system that is relatively undisturbed at planting, but beware of "potbound" container trees.
Repot them every two or three years, but they like to be potbound so don't worry if the roots start showing through the bottom of the pot.
If you put compost into the hole, the roots will stay and curl around and become almost potbound. Roots need to grow horizontally as quickly as possible.
If you buy a tree that's been in a container and it's potbound when removed, tease the roots open before planting out, or growth will be stunted.
If you buy a tree that's been in a container and find that it's potbound when you remove it for planting, tease the roots open before planting it out, or the tree's growth will be stunted.
Other disadvantages include that they are bulky to handle and are breakable, they absorb mineral salts that produces unsightly white marks on the containers, and potbound growth occurs more rapidly.
There is no need to re-pot the parent plant until it is potbound ( with the roots filling the pot ( and then it should be done in spring.
Do not transplant often as clivias bloom much better when potbound. Transplant to a larger pot when necessary, divide only when the plant becomes too large.
This will prevent the plant from becoming potbound and will also permit wires to be removed or added.