Welcome to Croft 16

Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2020 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 from June to early 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, 2 June 2020

As it turned out, we have had a wonderful flowering season: warm and dry and not too windy. So we have made some real progress in studying our collection, not least in sorting out our Poets [what a mixed-up lot these generally are!] and finally determining a stock we have been growing since 2001 as being J.C. Williams’s pre-1910 ‘White Star’ [which we shall put on sale next year].

We had a hot spell of weather last week which not only polished off the late Poet flowers but also hastened the natural die-back to underground bulbs, as can be seen in the accompanying photo: the green in the daffodil plot on the right-hand side is mainly either daffodil flower-stems or germinating weeds! So, if good weather continues, we should be able to start lifting soon. As usual therefore, passing the end of May, we have now drawn stumps on accepting orders for delivery this season. Any new orders received from now on will be carried over for delivery in 2021.

The daffs currently listed on our website we already confidently expect to be able to offer next year, but we can’t be exactly sure – until we have lifted and replanted over the next few weeks – how much surplus will remain for other stocks. Please bear with us for a short while; our aim is to get our anticipated 2021 offer online certainly by the end of August, if not before – which should make it easier to plan ahead to export to North America once again. [Prospective North American customers please note though that for your orders we plan to limit the offer to no more than three bulbs of any one stock; and, while we shall jump through the hoops to complete the export paperwork needed at this end, we shall need to seek reassurance that you have completed the required import certification at your end: neither you nor we want to see the bulbs held up – or worse, destroyed – owing to a hiatus in customs’ and/or plant health approval.]

As the pandemic continues, we do hope most sincerely that all our customers stay well over the coming months and are able to take some solace, where possible, from gardening.

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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