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, 10 April 2021

At last, the chance to bring this update page up-to-date.

A cold, dry spell in February slowed everything down, so we thought we were heading for a late season. Then we had some gentle rain and sunshine, and suddenly the daffodils began to put a spurt on and we thought it would be an early season! We had some nice days in which to study the early flowers, but then the cold blast at Easter has turned into a much more prolonged, unsettled period than the usual “lambing snow”. Unfortunately, the ice, snow and gales have between them damaged many of the flowers – not good for Kate’s hopes this season to polish finely-honed descriptions for her intended book – but we live in hopes that calmer conditions may yet prevail and offer us a longer chance to study the midseason-to-late flowers (including, excitingly, several new stocks flowering here for the first time this year).

Fear not, customers: damage to the flowers doesn’t usually mean damage to the leaves, so bulb production should still be going ahead well, and indeed several of the large stocks we split and hot-water-treated a couple of years ago are now settling down and coming back into saleable condition. As promised last year, as well as re-adding some existing stocks to our online offer, we are also listing J.C. Williams’s pre-1909 ‘White Star’ – which, so far as we can see from our catalogue research, may not have been offered commercially since 1930.

We are planning this year to export to North America once again; orders from there (for no more than three bulbs per variety) by the end of April please, so we can ensure the paperwork is correct from both the export and import points of view ahead of despatch time. For other customers, as usual, please get your orders in by the end of May at the latest if you want delivery in 2021; orders received after that, when we shall have drawn up our lifting-list for 2021, will be carried forward into 2022.

As the pandemic continues, and until the vaccine roll-out brings back some greater degree of a new normality, we do hope most sincerely that all of our customers stay well and are able to take some solace, where possible, from gardening.

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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