Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2017 season / Fàilte gu Croit 16

We sell old daffodil bulbs – mostly antique varieties bred before 1930.

A little about us…

The vintage daffodil hybrids we offer for sale are bulbs surplus to our National Plant Collection® of pre-1930 daffodils, designated in 2010 by the charity Plant Heritage.  We truly believe that by making these historical Narcissus cultivars available to you we are improving their chances of survival.

Some of these veteran stocks are in very limited quantities, so we prefer to pre-invoice customers for what we are able to supply. We aim to lift bulbs during June and July, and to issue most invoices by the end of July.

We do hope you enjoy browsing the site and find these venerable, unsophisticated but enduring flowers as charming as we do.

An update, March 2017

Well, in common apparently with many other areas, after a noticeably mild winter we are experiencing a very early flowering season, with a goodly number of stocks starting to bloom from late February; remarkable that, for example, these include Campernelle (N. × odorus) and ‘Salome’, both worryingly ahead. On the whole the foliage will survive okay, so no real ill effects on the bulbs, but the flowers tend to get battered by the wind and rain, making comparison and naming of new stocks more difficult. Nevertheless, several newbies collected in recent years have begun to settle down, so we look forward keenly to seeing them flower with us over the next few weeks for the first time. [Stocks in the pipeline, beginning to bulk up nicely, include ‘Precentor’, ‘Torch’ and the very old ‘M.J. Berkeley’ … but please don’t order these yet: they’re not ready!]

We are very grateful to our many customers to date for their custom, and are currently stockpiling orders for despatch this summer, checking each stock against its predicted availability. Please submit any further orders for 2017 despatch by the end of May at the latest. ‘Dick Wellband’, ‘Minnie Hume’ and ‘Red Beacon’ (and correctly named ‘Waterwitch’), offered for the first time last year, are all still available. The welcome and growing interest in historical daffodils means that in some cases our surplus has run down; also, we hot-water-treated a large group of stocks to move these to new ground last autumn. So our list might be a bit lighter this year while these all recover their strength. Regretfully, ‘Amabilis’ has been withdrawn for the time being, having become oversubscribed following recent mention of this by John Grimshaw in The Garden (but thanks, John, nonetheless!); existing orders will be honoured where possible.

Following an increase last year in some customers requesting larger numbers of bulbs of individual stocks, and thus reducing our opportunity to distribute our bulbs more widely, we are continuing this year, as a rule of thumb, to restrict our offer to no more than ten bulbs per stock per applicant. Customers wanting more than this are welcome to ask, but we shall only honour these requests where our stocks are sufficiently large to ensure that smaller orders can also be fulfilled. On a more positive note, we shall probably be able to offer a few stocks at an end-of season discount, so watch this space!

With best wishes,
Le gach deagh dhùrachd,
Duncan and Kate Donald

About Us

Croft 16 is a partnership, set up several years ago by Duncan and Kate Donald. Our principal business is selling surplus bulbs of heritage daffodil varieties.

Growing Daffodils

All the daffodils in our Sales list were bred at least seventy-five years ago; some more than 140 years ago, and a couple have been known for nigh on four centuries.

How Daffodils are grouped

Over 30,000 daffodil hybrids have been named. In order to furnish some idea of what any given daffodil cultivar looks like, a classification system was established as far back as 1909.

The Daffodil Names we use

All our daffodils will have perfectly good cultivar epithets, if only we knew for sure what they were. As we are very anxious to sell our stocks true to name, we would rather offer bulbs under a trade designation than under the wrong cultivar name.

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