I actually would prefer to buy in person, but the LHBSs around here don't get them early enough. Last year I had one out of three that I bought online not come up. I replaced it in June with one in the cooler at the HB store that I got to choose from a bulk bag and it broke ground in three days. It wound about four feet last year and is looking good so far this year. Don't discount being able to select a good rhizome in person.