Qdaffs was created to bring hard-to-find and sought-after daffodils, new and old, to the U.S. market. Our eCommerce catalog represents generations of narcissus husbandry, ingenuity and expertise. Rare, historic, species, miniature and show-winning daffodil bulbs across all divisions are the spring blooming stars of our list.
Whether you are a collector, superintendent, landscape designer, breeder, researcher or home gardener we are growing and shipping daffodils with you in mind.
The quality of the bulbs we offer is second to none: they are hand planted, dug, graded and packed in the Netherlands by experienced hands. We unconditionally guarantee our bulbs to be top-size, healthy and true to name.
The selection we offer is unparalleled: historics disappeared from the commercial trade, true species, new introductions and time proven favorites. This year there are about 500 narcissus cultivars grown in the Netherlands for the commercial bulb trade. 90% of the 250 varieties Qdaffs offers this season are propagated outside of that market.
We are pleasantly surprised by the number of our customers who know exactly what they are looking for. For the rest of us a list of this size is a bit overwhelming - we have aimed to make it accurate in detail and meaningful in categorization and representation. Accurate photography is an ongoing mission - please excuse our current voids.
The daffodil world has a resource that makes other horticultural groups envious: Daffseek. If you haven’t heard of Daffseek you may soon find yourself a heavy user.
This fall, start a new love affair, start a tradition, fill the ranks, reunite with an old friend in your garden.
Ordering with Qdaffs.
- Ordering ends July 4, 2021.
- $40 Minimum Order exclusive of shipping.
- Pay at checkout or receive an eInvoice August 15th.
- Expect delivery the first week of October via UPS.
- Quality and mis-pack claims honored until November 10.
- All bulbs guaranteed to be of flowering size, USDA approved, healthy and true to name.
An aerial view of the daffodil nursery in the North Holland. This photo is from the 2005 crop, taken from the top of a wind turbine before the advent of drone photography.
Read our recent interview with Carlos van der Veek here.
For The South
Being Hoosiers and Hollanders we were fortunate to receive some kind and expert help in selecting this sublist of trialed Southern performers. “Southern Zone limits” shown on the bulb’s Specifics table are USDA zones meant to be conservative ( errors towards the cooler side). Asterisks indicate that there is no trial data for the cultivar, just a best guess or overheard rumor. Due to cooler nights and drier climates in the American Southwest you may consider those listed 8b to translate to your zone 10b.
Daffodils have been associated with the Southern homestead garden for so long it is tempting to use the title “Heritage”.
Swaths of Southern daffodils in the spring are one of the great horticultural celebrations of America.
We offer the largest selection of the smallest. For the rockery, the bench or the cottage garden miniature daffodils punch above their weight.
Their regal presence brings sparkle and interest to any corner of the garden after the snowdrops have melted.
“Every year new forms become available, extending the already lengthy daffodil season.The season begins with me before Christmas , with a little white petticoat, and lasts well through April. Of all the little bulbs, the flowers of these miniatures are the most endearingly diminutive, the most daintily perfect in proportion, and the most delicate in color. When they are in bloom I feel as if I could not stop looking at them for a moment, and when they are gone I am almost ashamed of the sharpness of my regret.”
Elizabeth Lawrence, The Little Bulbs, 1957.
Having access to good stocks of species and naturally occuring intersectional subspecies is crucial to daffodil breeding. We source as many species as possible to support your breeding program, for naturalizing or for reference. Plus we just like the natural spirit and form of species in the garden.
For the Bench
When Daffodillians get together in the spring there is craft, comradery and competition. We are proud to offer a number of bench ready daffodils. While any cultivar may be entered, and win, in any daffodil show, these are proven competitors and novel varieties that have that certain something needed to show well.
“The ideal exhibition cultivar is one which grows well, multiplies readily, and consistently produces a very high percentage of well formed blooms.”ADS Handbook for Growing, Exhibiting and Judging Daffodils. Chapter 7 - 1.
We agree wholeheartedly.
Our nursery has many daffodils that have been continually dug and replanted since the 19th century. These older cultivars show a hybridiser's hand that is straightforward, friendly and elegant in style. We try to offer at least 50% historics.
These pre-quarantine daffodils excell in the landscape and in gardens but in the commercial trade they have been crowded out by bigger, louder and frillier newer introductions. They are a living link to the past in your garden.
Many of the old boys are identifiable by their “star shaped” flowers and smaller cups. Once you have some you will be looking out of the corner of your eye for that sharp shape in every roadside ditch and open field you pass in the spring.
Along with pink Cadillacs, pink grapefruit, and Pink Floyd, Pink-Cupped daffodils are a 20th century invention. Pink Cupped Narcissus are versatile, working equally well in the border, in pots and for competition. Among the most charming of all.
Pink cups have the reputation to be more susceptible to water damage than the average daffodil. If this is true, giving them a home in a well drained place or in soil that is short on organic material and long on sand and gravel should help with their longevity. The pink color of the cup can be variable from place to place, from season to season. Anecdotally we are convinced that cool temperatures from when the bud of a pink cup breaks the ground until it opens helps develop an intense crustacean color. Afternoon shade may prove beneficial.
Bulbocodiums are winter bloomers that are almost always approved as miniatures. Underused in the garden and rockery, they are ephemeral and long blooming, providing a continuum after the snowdrops, winter aconite and crocus have melted. If you are ga-ga for galanthus you will find charm in these narcissus.