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root (something) in (something)

To place something, especially a plant, into something else in order for it to grow roots. I couldn't root any of the vegetables in my back yard because the soil was fool of rocks. You should root the flowers in pots before attempting to plant them in the ground.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

root something in something

to start a plant growing roots in something. I tried to root the plants in sand, but they died. You have to root this kind of tree in very rich soil.
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rooted in something

based on something; connected to a source or cause. The civil war was rooted in old cultural hatred. This fictional book was rooted in actual events.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

root in

1. To cause something, as a plant, to grow roots in something: The gardener rooted the plant in good soil.
2. To have something as a primary source or origin. Used in the passive: Homelessness is very often rooted in poverty. The word "tantalize" is rooted in Greek mythology.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Why would they stay closer to their roots in that one area?
The present detention crisis has its roots in an expansion of enforcement policies toward immigrants that began long before September 2001.
"Out of a care fully built-up conception of how the human being could grow roots in this soil, I built my house." Eventually becoming a naturalized American citizen, he died in LA in 1953.
This had made them "outside agitators," and rendered them as ineffectual as the ideological interlopers who could claim no roots in the region.
His family had deep roots in Lowndes County, a red-clay farming area just south of Montgomery.