Definition of root-bound in English:

root-bound

adjective

  • another term for pot-bound
    • ‘Repot root-bound houseplants and prune any that are looking very ragged.’
    • ‘He fertilizes with fish emulsion as much as possible without burning, and sets out plants as soon as they're gaining momentum, before they get root-bound.’
    • ‘Otherwise, wait until late March: A smaller tomato plant with growth momentum is better than a large, root-bound plant.’
    • ‘Also Bonsai trees are intentionally allowed to become root-bound in their containers, and the roots too, are pruned.’

Pronunciation

root-bound