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Apparently when this happens in potted plants the root ball gets so thick it stops absorbing water or become hydrophobic and sheds water.
Found an article with a great tip to fix this. Basically it just says to dunk the root bound root ball in a bucket with water or plant tea(for beneficial microbes) for several minutes, which should penetrate the root ball and loosen the roots. I'd be gentle if you have to pull the roots away from the root ball. This tip was for planting outside, but I don't see why you couldn't just transplant to a larger pot. Sounds simple and almost obvious but I hadn't seen this tip before.
-------------------- Be sure to read up on "autoflower"/ruderalis seeds before choosing them. Unless you NEED autos, you might do much better with anything else. No more hoarding ultra genetics! We need more of the best not less!
Soak it, and then rake the sides with a knife or trowel etc. The damage you create to the roots by doing so will allow it to throw new roots out into whatever you transplant it in. And yes, you can just transplant into a new larger container.
-------------------- Dude she isn't as young as she use to be.