Welcome to Croft 16

Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2021 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, 12 May 2021

Well, it has been a very unusual season. Cool, sometimes cold, conditions prevailing have brought out some most unusual colours – particularly, vibrant yellows – and have extended the flowering season, so we still have a reasonable number of Trumpets or Incomparabilis cultivars showing, not just the Poets usual by this stage. In addition we have had a strong number of orders, not only from Great Britain but also, having made this one of our occasional years for exporting there, from the United States – though that brings with it the need for extra cleaning of the bulbs to soil-free condition and quite a lot of extra paperwork concerning plant-health certification.

As a result, we have decided to ‘draw stumps’ early this year, rather than waiting until the end of May when we have traditionally closed our order-book for the season. Our sincere apologies therefore to any potential customers who had been hoping to place late orders for this year, or indeed early ones for next.

We need to hot-water-treat a number of our stocks this year anyway, before moving them to fresh ground. That, combined with the high demand for bulbs from existing orders, means that we shall need longer to take stock and estimate our available surplus for next year. Rather than accepting early orders to be carried over from this year to the next, we shall therefore not be accepting any new orders now until we have issued our initial 2022 listing, which we reckon will be in late 2021 or even early 2022. Any potential customers who would like to be alerted to the publication of our 2022 list online would be most welcome to drop us a request to that effect.

To end on a more positive note, two pieces of good news: a) through more directed research, we have been able to identify some of our more problematic, hitherto un-named stocks, so we already hope our 2022 list will include the great rarities ‘Firelight’ and ‘Una’, to name but two; and b) we are also very pleased to be taking part in an exciting project, initiated in Jersey but now supported by the University of Dundee and by the Royal Society, getting schools involved in ground-breaking research sequencing for the first time the DNA of a range of daffodils (and we hope thereby helping solve some long-standing problems over cultivar identification and/or putative parentages).

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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