Welcome to Croft 16

Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2024 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 despatch bulbs between late July and the end of August.

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

Good news on which to end: through more directed research, we have at last been able to identify a few of our more problematic stocks, some of which we have been puzzling over for twenty years or more! These include 6 cultivars raised by Edward Leeds and 3 by William Backhouse – following in Dean Herbert’s footsteps, the most important hybridizers to kick-start a wider interest in breeding daffodils – as well as 4 of Reverend Engleheart’s. We can also offer several other named stocks which have either never been commercially available (like ‘Ozan’ and ‘Precentor’) or have become very rare in cultivation (like N. pseudonarcissus ‘Plenus’, first recorded by Gerard c.1605).

With best wishes,

Le gach deagh dhùrachd,

Duncan and Kate Donald

Kate amongst the daffodils, 3 April 2021


Croft 16 Daffodils under snow, 6 April 2021

Flowers corpsed by snow and gales, 7 April 2021

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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