My mother in law's looney belief
There have been several times her & I have gone plant shopping together. Whenever a place has their bulbs out, of course we are going to go rooting (would say pun intended, but deliberate puns are usually frowned upon) through their selection. She is convinced if a bulb-take an iris bulb for example-does not have any green whatsoever on it, then it is a bad, dead-&-gone bulb. She doesn't look at the roots. Just the top where the pretty stuff grows out of. There have been times where she has ordered bulbs from the internet & throw them away if there "is no green". It true you take chances buying bulbs (or anything for that matter) from any place. I have bought bulbs that have been completely dry & shriveled, broken off roots, pieces flaked off when you touched it...yet it still popped up out of the ground when spring came. I've even had a bulb still grow when the dog took a chunk out it. I can't convince her otherwise from her little "myth".