Hi Kenneth and all, My experiences are only anecdotal, but my findings are that trimmed roots are for the convenience of the bulb vendors in packing. If a bulb has live roots all year, I would not trim them when transplanting. A couple of years ago an experienced bulb grower and hybridist sent me some pollen from a couple of Hippeastrum species. I used the pollen on some recently purchased bulbs from a good name plant vendor. The bulbs were trimmed as is the custom. After pollination, the ovary swelled as expected but blasted before final ripening. I wrote to my friend. He wrote back that he found fresh bulbs with trimmed roots often blasted if pollination is done the first year. In addition, I often find newly bulbs do not flower the following season but this may be due to my lapse in care. Old wives tales abound. In California and even here in Oregon, it is a common practice to prune major limbs to stumps. Actually, this practice is common with a number of trees. The result produces countless sprouts the following spring. I find the practice apalling and believe it distorts the natural beauty of the tree. I think new home owners see a neighbor trimming his tree back harshly and think this is the way things should be done. When I see this I sort of laugh to myself. Years ago this extreme pruning was done in France to produce kindling for wood burning stoves. Best wishes, Joyce Miller, Gresham, Oregon USA USDA 7-8.