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Buying bulbs from a bin is like selecting produce. Superficially they all look pretty much the same, but a sharp eye and discerning fingers can spot the good bulbs and avoid the bad. The bigger the bulb, the better the display next spring, so look for top size bulbs which are the largest commercial grade.
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After size, the next consideration is bulb health. Look for bulbs without blemishes, scars, or signs of mold. Generally, they should have their skins or tunics intact, but some flaking or splitting is normal. A bare bulb that appears otherwise healthy will likely grow and bloom just fine.
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By all means pick up the bulbs you're buying and give them a squeeze. Each bulb should have a weight appropriate to its size and should feel firm. Lightweight bulbs have probably dried out in storage; mushy bulbs have rotted.
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In general, avoid bulbs that have begun to sprout. They may have been stored too moist or for too long. Such bulbs may settle in and perform just fine, but don't take the risk unless the price makes them irresistible.