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, mid-May 2017

After an early – but on the whole very good – flowering season, our plants are now beginning to die back into dormancy somewhat early too. So, with sincere apologies to any readers who may have been vacillating about submitting a late order, we have now decided that, contrary to our usual Terms and Conditions in which we accept orders for the current season until the end of May, we are going to ‘draw stumps’ now. We have a significant number of orders already, and we shall start lifting soon to complete these.

Any orders received from now will be carried over into 2018 (unless, by good luck, they arrive very soon and consist of stocks not already lifted, in which case we might still be able to satisfy them this year: if so, we shall confirm this in acknowledging your order).

Please remember that, 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 over the next few weeks.

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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