Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2016 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, April 2016

Our flowering season has recently been accelerated towards its conclusion by a ‘dump’ of so-called “lambing snow”, but before that we have had a successful time determining the identity of several established stocks as a result of new accessions with good provenance beginning to settle down. So, excitingly, we are now in a position to offer ‘Dick Wellband’, ‘Minnie Hume’ and ‘Red Beacon’, and to name ‘Waterwitch’ for the first time. We can also offer ‘Orange Phoenix’ once more, after a break of 5-6 years; it is slow to build up, but a very lovely old variety.

We are very grateful to our many customers to date for their custom, and we are still stockpiling orders for despatch this summer, checking each stock against its predicted availability.The welcome and growing interest in historical daffodils means that in some cases our surplus has run down, so some stocks (such as ‘Great Warley’ and ‘Holland’s Glory’) have had to be withdrawn for the time being [though existing orders will be honoured where possible] – and even ‘Camellia’ and ‘Samaria’, added this year for the first time, have already been oversubscribed; sorry! Please submit any further orders for 2016 despatch by the end of May at the latest.

We noticed an increase last year in some customers requesting larger numbers of bulbs of individual stocks. Inevitably this reduces our opportunity to distribute our bulbs more widely, so we have decided this year, as a rule of thumb, to restrict our offer for most stocks to no more than ten bulbs per applicant. Customers wanting more than this are welcome to ask, but we shall only honour these requests for stocks which 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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