This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the Garden says: "Nothing, I am told by an eminent seedsman, amuses the trade more than the prejudices of gardeners on the subject of Hyacinth bulbs. Customers come to the shop and pick out the largest roots only, while others will only have the heaviest and pay no regard to the size. Both, my informant says, are mistaken in thinking they are securing the best blooms by their choice in this way. It is getting much like trying to determine the sex in eggs, but, as a rule, those bulbs which are high in the shoulders produce the best blooms, and it is said that the German bulb growers select these when they wish to produce fine examples of culture. Some of the ugliest and most lumpy-looking bulbs they say do best".