Welcome to Croft 16
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.
Two pieces of good news: a) through more directed research, we have been able to identify a few of our more problematic, hitherto un-named stocks, so we are now planning to include some of these in our 2023 list; 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
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.
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.