This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Miss W., Phila., says : "There has been a question submitted to me, viz., ' Why do plants bloom better when pot-bound ?' I have looked in a number of books but have not been able to find an answer. I should be greatly obliged to you for an answer".
[It has recently been strongly brought out in some scientific papers that there is a certain amount of antagonism between mere vegetative or growth force, of which we may take the leaves and stems as the representative, and reproductive force which is inaugurated by the production of flowers. In popular language this may be rendered: - partially starving' an otherwise healthy plant favors its flowering. A pot-bound plant is in this condition, and hence its productiveness. - Ed. G. M].