Just received 26 streps from this seller and was NOT disappointed with the quality of products sent. When I have received "starter plants" of streps from other companies, I usually recieved a rooted leaf with the starting of a small plant. The plants here were huge in comparison and extremely healthy.
The seller (Helen) was not only obliging and helpful, but also honest and friendly. Am bidding on her plants up for auction on ebay as I am writing this.
I honestly highly recommend her to anyone interested in gesneriads.
I have won several plants from Helen on eBay in the last couple of years. I have always found her to be very responsive to my questions and helpful. I will not hesitate in buying more plants from her in the future. She always sends nice sized plants and does a excellent job of packing. Have no fear in buying plants from this seller.
I have been away the past 3 weeks so just received the message about Violets4You otherwise I would have responded sooner. Just wanted to say that I have bought streptocarpus plants from Violets4You both this year and last. Never had any problems what so ever. The plants are always good sized healthy individuals and arrive safe and sound because they are so well packaged. I will continue to buy more from them without hesitation.
On Oct 13, 2007, Bowieboy St. John's Canada wrote:
I purchased several AVs from this company through eBay, and Helen was extremely obliging in every way, even to the point of unpacking a parcel to add another plant I wanted. The plants arrived in excellent condition, very well-packaged, and are thriving now. I plan to do business with Helen again, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a positive experience with online shopping.
I have ordered from Helen in the past and I have always been extremely happy with her plants. She sends exactly what she says, if there is a pic of the plant you can rest assured that is what you will get. Her plants always are very healthy, the leaves and flowers of her plants are rich in color and arrive in excellent condition because she takes the time to pack them correctly. I have never had a broken leaf or potting mix dumped out of the pot.
There is usually several people bidding on her plants and if you are lucky enough to win the bid you wont be sorry. As long as she sells plants I will certainly buy from her.
If Dave's Garden had a higher rating than Positive, Violets4You would deserve it. I have been purchasing plants, rhizomes, bulbs, tubers and seeds of all varieties for several years through eBay and its website. Everything arrives in excellent condition, well-grown and expertly packed in a timely manner. Indeed, there are usually 'extra' plant materials tucked into the box. It has been, and will be, a pleasure doing business with Violets4You. Thank you so much for the great plants!
I have been buying plants from Helen for ~ 1 1/2 years - both on E-Bay & at A.V. shows. Her plants have always been healthy, the shipping quick, & the packaging excellent. Also, she has always been very helpful & courteous in our E-mails & in person. I will continue to purchase her beautiful plants.
This seller has rare violets. I had been searching for a violet for 2 years and lost out after bidding $70.00. I was so thankful to find Jeanne Paul Pardis and for only $7.95. I have bought from this seller several times in the past and would highly reccomend them. I love their violets. Thanks!
On Oct 3, 2007, plantfancier101 Spring Hill, FL wrote:
I have received plants from Violets4You numerous times and have always been extremely pleased with quality and service. I've bought plants, rhizomes, stolons, leaves and I've never been unhappy with anything! I'm sure I will be back yet again and again!
On Oct 3, 2007, violetchick051 Plainfield, NJ wrote:
Hi, I have bought from Helen before. I am in the US as well. Her plants are excellent and it came in great condition and is now growing fabulously. Since I was new to purchasing from Canada, she was more than patient with me when I contacted her asking where the plant was. She explained to me just how long the shipping would take from Canada to the US. She was pleasant, extremely courteous and very helpful. She happens to be a wonderful person to work with and an all around nice person to be in contact with as well. Helen has been wonderful and I hope to purchase more African violets from her in the future.
I have reached a point where I wonít buy anywhere else. Violets4You has repeatedly shipped healthy, strong, perfectly packed plants with no damage and in perfect condition even at the hottest times of the year. All communication has always been polite and informative.
It is a shame when one of the few GOOD SELLERS on Ebay is slandered for no other reason then jealousy or stupidity. If you donít know how to deal with Ebay do us all a favor and stay off.
Thanks again Violets4You for making Ebay a positive experience for me. Now please excuse me I have to go place a bid on one of your auctions!
Over the past two years I have purchased many african violets from this seller on e-bay. The plants were all beautiful, sent quickly, and well-packed. I was happy with every transaction I made. I have exchanged e-mails with Helen. She has always been concerned that her plants arrived safely and that I was pleased after receiving them. I find the negative comments strange here. They do not represent the experiences I had with this company. But everyone is entitled to their opinion. I guess I judge plant sellers a little differently than most. I am only critical of a company that makes no attempt to correct an error or to deal with a problem in a timely manner. Mistakes do happen, plants do die during shipping. But if a vendor is sincere in correcting a bad situation, I consider that a positive experience. All my experiences with Helen have been great--not a single complaint--not a single negative transaction.
I have purchased from this company several times. Each time my purchases arrived in excellent condtion and in a timely manner. In fact the Episcias are still happily growing and flowering in my home. Any questions I had to ask were answered very quickly and were a great help. I being a beginner with Episcias appreciated all the help and advice I was given. I will definitely buy from this company again. Thank you again.
HELEN IS AGREAT LADY AND BUSINESS PERSON. I DON;T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYBODY WOULD BE UNHAPPY WITH THIS BUSINESS. MY PLANTS WERE PERFECT AND SHIPPING WAS FAST , AS WELL AS GREAT SERVICE ON EBAY. TRY THEM THEY ARE THE BEST!! IN MY BOOK AAA+++
I bought a couple of plants from this seller (first time) and didn't have a problem. The shipping was fast and the plants were packed really well (great job). The plants were very healthy - sometimes they go into shock being transported and different climate as well - but these ones didn't. Excellant seller. Excellant plants. Very satisfied.
Hey Dave plants are doing great - thanks so much - hope to buy more next summer.
On Oct 2, 2007, thomas304 falmouth cornwall United Kingdom wrote:
hi i'm new to voilets 4 you and i selected cape primroses and they where delivered when they said and they are blossomed andsome lovely plants i cant understand how people can be so nastsy when people are trying to make a living to survive in this world i hope they sort it out soon Best to you all from a satisfied customer.
I love this vendor. I bought several AVs from her; they arrived at my doorstep in mint condition from Canada to the USA within 2 days. I received the blooming plants during the hottest part of the summer and not a single leaf was lost. Her packaging was perfect. I did ask several questions about the AVs and received her response quickly as well as some excellent handling advice. Highly recommend this seller. Will be back in the Spring for more beautiful plants.
I have ordered from Violets4you at least half a dozen times and I have always had the best experiences with them. The plants were always shipped very quickly and packaged very well. Helen also gave me advice on how to care for my new violets, as I was new to growing them and even gave me a few free leaf cuttings to try my hand at starting my own. I have to say that my violets are now HUGE and no one comes over with out commenting on how beautiful they are. Thank you Helen!
I purchased african violets from Violets4you and I must say that they were some of the nicest violets I have purchased this year. They were strong, healtly and beautiful. Helen made sure that she notified me when the plants were being shipped and when to expect them. I am very pleased and intend to do business with this seller again. Thank You Violets4you!!
I have purchased Kohleria, Streps, Episcia, and AV leaves from this seller several times. The quality of the plants is stellar, they're packed very carefully, and I've been thrilled with everything I've purchased, both the quality of the plant and the quality of the service. I will definitely purchase again.
On Oct 2, 2007, variegatednancy Montreal Canada wrote:
I have never met the owner of violets4you but I have ordered from this commercial quite a few times.
Plants and leaves received from this seller have always been in excellent condition when they arrived. Much care was taken with packing and the plants themselves always thrive.
I'm not sure why this seller is receiving such feedback that, in my case, is completely unwarrented.
I have often received packages from the big violet commercials and have sometimes been disappointed with their choices, or the packaging or other aspects of my dealings with them. This has never been the case with this lady.
I believe this seller must be an excellent grower since plants I have received have been in such great health and vitality. I don't think the difficulty some growers have had with this commercial is the norm and I will certainly continue to buy from this seller. Her plants and her advice to my questions have encourged me to continue to buy from her.
On Oct 2, 2007, LynnCollectynn Beaconsfield Canada wrote:
I just started collecting African violets this spring and it was my very good fortune to come across Violets4You on Ebay! The pictures in the listings were so enticing, unlike anything I had even seen retail and I placed my first order, using both the auctions and also Buy it Now. I was a bit worried about the shipping of live plants but I was about to discover how uncredibly careful and expert Helen is at packing these fragile little plants; every single one was prepared and packed with the utmost care! There hasn't been any damage whatsoever. What's more, every plant has not only survived but has flourished, many in bud on arrival.
I've had several fairly large shipments from Violets4You and they have always arrived the day after they were shipped..... and we're in another province!
Being a novice, I also had occasions when I asked Helen for a bit of advice. She not only answered me quickly and graciously but offered a wealth of information which I certainly appreciate. Such a generous lady!
I now have a whole indoor garden of healthy, happy AVs that are producing incredible blooms thanks to Helen's terrific plants, superb packing and shipping, and expert advice. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend her (and I have!) I wish every vendor on Ebay was the same high calibre as Violets4You!
I'll be back in the spring!!
On Oct 2, 2007, Franlow London United Kingdom wrote:
I have had Five seperate orders from this fab company & I'll definately be back for more. I live in England. Helen & co have bent over backwards to accomadate me, answering numerous questions & providing wonderful information. Please do not be put off by the rubbish I have just read. In all the shipments I have received, only 1 plant had 1 broken leaf - now a cutting! All the others were immaculate. I have used both auction & buy it now with no problems at all. I would go so far as to say, this is the best eBay shop I have ever found. I'll be back in the Spring BTW :)
I just recently ordered quite a few AV leaves from this seller on Ebay and she was absolutely wonderful! The leaves were shipped in a box with styrofoam, and each leaf was individually wrapped. Alot of care was put into packing and sending the leaves as each tip is gently wrapped up. I received the package within the week......one tip had started to rot, but I promptly snipped it off, and it is still doing well.
I also ordered 5 kohleria rhizomes from her, and like she said they were each in individually, well-labeled zip lock baggies. So far, all of those but one have sprouted. Shipping was free for this......I think postage may have cost her around 2 dollars.
All in all, I was extremely satisfied with my two orders, and will definitely order again from her in the new year. The shippings fees are justified. I have never had a problem with communication......I emailed her a few times about the kohleria rhizomes as I was unsure how to root them, but she fully explained it to me, and they have been a success.
I definitely recommend this seller.......I know there are only a few places in Canada to get decent gesneriads, named AV's, and such, and it would be terrible to see this person get slandered by one person who had a bad experience.