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Violet Barn (Rob's Min-O-Lets)

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P.O. Box 9
Naples, New York 14512 (United States)

Phone: (585) 374-8592
Fax: (585) 374-6947
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Negative Iberiansyes
Ithaca, NY
(1 review)
December 8, 2020
In late August of this year I ordered four plants from the Violet Barn. I also ordered some books etc. I know how to care for African violets and have for years but wanted to have some newer varieties. Only three plants arrived. I called and was told the fourth was not ready but would be shipped soon. The plants that did arrive were shockingly weak, and in fact were not really rooted. One of the leaves was still diagonally cut and had the tiniest of roots. I decided, given that it was COVID, to see how they would do. They are all properly potted and being fed alongside all my other African violets. They are not growing at all. Today I decided to write to them and see if they had any advice and could propose a solution. The answer I got back was rude, curt and not at all helpful. This is a company that is fine if you re happy but does not give a while about solutions if you re not. Be aware of this if you decide to order from them. You may be very happy but you could also be S>O>L if you are not. They will do nothing to make things OK for you.
Company representative comment on December 13, 2020:
On Dec 13, 2020 9:48 AM, Violet Barn (Rob\'s Min-O-Lets) responded with:

We'd like all of our customers to be satisfied, and do our best. Would like to correct some of what was said. First, the plants you were sent were Streptocarpus, not African violets. They have very long leaves, which we must trim in order to fit in box when sent--had they indeed been too small to ship, this would not have been needed. Second, we do not backorder or ship plants separately and would neither have done this nor told you differently. In any event, we are always available to provide advice, by phone or email, if problems arise. We offered to do this most recently, but got no reply. If there is damage or problems with the order, we need to know this within a few days of receipt, not three months later, as is the case here.

Positive Pinguicula
Sitka, AK (Zone 7a)
(11 reviews)
December 4, 2020
I've placed 2 orders from Violet Barn and they're both been great!
The plants were expertly packaged and arrived in Alaska looking healthy. It's been months since my first order and I haven't lost a single plant.
Positive mrsplum
Seattle, WA
(4 reviews)
November 13, 2020
Posted on July 21, 2014, updated November 13, 2020
About 6 weeks ago, I placed an online order for 6 standard African violets with The Violet Barn. Everything I wanted was in stock and arrived on time. Great packaging and reasonable shipping. This is the second time this happy customer has ordered from Violet Barn.
On November 13th, 2020, mrsplum added the following:

Iíve placed more orders from Violet Barn in the ensuing years, and have always been very pleased. I love their variety (Iíve only ordered African violets), their packing, and their prices. I like that they sell plants and not leaves. Iíve also come to appreciate all the growing information on their websiteóitís been quite an education.
Positive cgillett
South Bend, IN
(4 reviews)
September 1, 2019
I have ordered streptocarpus plants from this company twice. Both times I received lovely plants that were very well packed and grew very well.

The selection of plants on the site has recently increased dramatically and I have just bought some kohlerias and nemantathus from them. I hope they are of the same quality as previous orders -- wonderful varieties available.

I highly recommend this company given my last two orders.
Positive mizb
Urbana, IL
(1 review)
May 10, 2018
This was the first mail-order company I ever ordered plants from, and I was extremely pleased (and likely a little spoiled) with the experience. They were shipped promptly, with tracking, and arrived in the best packaging I have seen out of everywhere I have ordered since. It was almost hard to get them out of their packaging! Not a leaf out of place, and every single plant bounced back spectacularly well from the trip.
The plants were small, as expected, but surprisingly robust. Well potted and vibrant, and the Saintpaulia started blooming within 10 days, to my suprise.
I can't speak to customer service, I did not interact directly with the merchants, but I have no complaints. Will definitely be ordering from these folks again.
Positive mgdsvegies
Asheville, NC (Zone 7a)
(4 reviews)
February 10, 2018
I love Violet Barn ó since discovering them last spring, I have become addicted to the miniature violets. I have placed three orders, and have been very pleased with all the plants Iíve recieved. Every one of Robís hybrids Iíve ordered is a stunning plant, and they also have a good selection of violets from other hybridizers. There is a wealth of great information on culture on their website as well ó very helpful if youíre a newbie like I was. And, I have have to say the freebie plant (when you leave a review on their website) is a good incentive to place an order. I noticed most of the negative comments here seem to come from people who didnít read the information on their website carefully. No, they donít ship large plants in full bloom; like other mail order vendors, they ship smaller young plants. African violets grow really fast, so within three to six months, you will have mature plants with lots of blooms. Violet Barn also does a great job of packing the plants for shipment, and they use a firm potting mix that stays put during transit. Really, you wouldnít want to send a mature plant in the mail ó the cost of packing and shipping would be prohibitive, and chances are they wouldnít arrive in one piece. I am looking forward to ordering again, although Iím too cheap to spring for the winter shipping, so Iíll wait for spring!
Negative kennedyip
San Pedro, CA
(1 review)
January 24, 2018
Three complaints:

(1) The customer "service" (I experienced last month) after they had taken my money was bad. I paid for the most expensive express mail and yet I was not given the tracking number (even after I had asked for it). The end result was the plants sat at the post office for two days before I even knew it had arrived. When I asked why I was not given any tracking info, they told me they did not know and they essentially disavowed any responsibility. I got the distinct feeling they did not care about how I felt about their service or attitude.

(2) One of the plants I received was so fragile, so small, so weak, put in so tiny a pot that it had little chance of survival without some major intensive nurturing.

(3) Despite their promise in the website of a gift plant (of their choosing), they never gifted it, even though I reminded them to do so.

The rest of the 11 plants I ordered were fine.
Negative Emilyhelene
Farmington, NY
(1 review)
August 26, 2017
I stumbled upon this page and I have to add my experience. I live in Rochester NY and as a houseplant collector, I was excited to learn that The Volet Barn was within 35 minutes of my home. Their website stated that they welcomed customers to visit their shop, so I was bery excited to go. As I walked in I was extremely impressed by what I saw, such beautiful plants, I saw several varieties right away that I knew I would want to purchase. . Both the owner and his wife were visible in the shop but I was not greeted. As I looked around I saw many many beautiful violets most of them with signs that said "Not for sale, do not ask." Being that I understood that most of their business was mail order I did not ask about purchasing any of the violets with those signs, however since there were several different species that I was interested in purchasing that did have those signs I did ask the owners wife a question about possibly coming back when they had more of them in stock or have propogated others. I was responded to with an eye roll and was told that they were not for sale, which I knew because of the many many signs saying so on almost every plant in the shop. I tried explaining that I was inquiring about purchasing plants in the future when they had more of the varieties I was interested in. I was treated with condesencion and it was made very clear that, although their website says otherwise, customers in fact were not welcome. It was one of the worst customer service experiences I have ever had. I love visiting local garden centers and I spend good amount of money buying new plants for my home greenhouse. I have always had good experiences with other local vendors. My advice to anyone that lives nearby The Violet Barn is do not visit there expecting to feel welcome as a customer. Be prepared to be treated as if you know nothing, even if you are a plant expert and order online if absolutely necessary to purchase from them. As for myself I will a NEVER return to, and NEVER purchase anything from that establishment, I prefer to spend my hard earned money supporting other local businesses that actually know how to treat people with kindness and care.
Positive claire25
Salisbury, MD
(15 reviews)
June 5, 2017
I love this company. Everything I receive from them is in beautiful shape when it arrives in its lovingly packed box, and I appreciate how dedicated they are with keeping their website updated. It's great to get the plant you want, when you want. Also I'd like to mention the Ma's series of African violets that are hybridized by the co-owner of the company. They are beautiful, beautiful plants.
Positive Mollymoosmom
Wolf Trap, VA
(3 reviews)
April 23, 2017
I just received an order of african violets and streps. I am very pleased with the quality of the plants and am frankly amazed at how well they are packed. Not one leaf damaged and no loose soil! I highly recommend The Violet Barn. Not only are their own hybrids beautiful, but they have the best names!
Negative jeanettie
Louisville, KY
(1 review)
January 28, 2017
The guy is just rude and a jerk. The experiences that I bought violets and their were no conflicts with the order or the violet dying I had no problem. I've ordered from him about 4 times. The first time was my fault for assuming his website connected the information from my reviews to my order. So I let that go, because it was my fault for assuming. But he was indifferent when I had to deal with him. Talking down to me like I'm supposed to know how he organizes orders on his end of the business. Now one of my plants I got for christmas died and I asked him if there was a way to replace it . It wasn't so much his solution that he offered but yet again. He talks down to you like I'm supposed to have known. Guaranteed only applies if you use the 35.00 express shipping option. And then he infers that I overpotted it and killed it. " Looks like was repotted in a 4 or 5" pot? In any event," then he begrudgingly talks about if I order again in the next year and they have a spare he'll send it to me. I wanted to tell him to F- off.
Positive cluelessnTN
Oak Ridge, TN
(5 reviews)
January 18, 2017
New to unusual Gesneriads (plus some of their other goodies like Hoya.) Paid extra for the overnight shipping, didn't understand that meant someone would need to sign to accept. Called the company, Rob reassured me their plants are packed to survive overseas shipping. Picked up my six babies from the post office, THEY WERE PACKED TO SURVIVE A TRIP TO MARS. Emailed him all's well, received a confirmation email. Very pleased, healthy beautiful babies, I'll be ordering from them again : ))))
Positive methodan
Falls Church, VA
(3 reviews)
March 10, 2016
My order arrived yesterday. As always, the plants were remarkably well-packed. They arrived in perfect condition. Almost half were in bud. That's pretty good considering that these are small, affordable plants in pots the size of dixie cups.
Violet Barn is the best source of gesneriads I've found. There have been no unpleasant surprizes in the 2 years I've been a customer. It wins in price, selection and quality.
Neutral violetbarn
Naples, NY
(1 review)
March 10, 2016
We've never done this, but have to respond to the last review and 'fill in' the missing details. No such statement is made on our 'facebook' page (orders cannot be placed via this page). We do guarantee safe delivery in winter (her order was early March) only by EXPRESS (overnite) mail. This is stated on the first page of shopping cart (large purple box, bold capital letters), as well as a minimum of 4 other times during the ordering process. Our email confirmation of orders (should customer change their mind before we ship) and also clearly states this as well as in our 'terms and conditions' and 'shipping' pages among others. This customer chose PRIORITY (2-3 day) mail, which is $20 less costly, but also is more risky--these are perishable plants and it is winter. We ship in excess of 2,000 orders during winter months, and more than half of these customers willingly take the risk with priority mail in order to save money, most all without incident. However, it is their risk and their money to spend. If WE are to bear the risk, we will only do this when shipped by the safest means available--express mail. Yes, we don't want this customer's business--she is asking for something we cannot provide. The phone conversation was ended only after she had already made a number of threats...among them her review below and the chargeback to our account that we expect to see soon. P.S. We begin guaranteeing safe delivery via ALL means (including priority mail) to all areas, beginning April 15, for those wanting to save money on shipping and still have our guarantee.
Negative Linnie_T
Cleveland, GA
(1 review)
March 7, 2016
These violets are guaranteed on the Violet Barn Facebook page. Not true. Mine arrived dead and Rob refused to replace. Further more upon contacting Rob and explaining that I intended to dispute the sale with my credit card company he proceeded to yell in my ear "GO AHEAD, I DONT NEEDTHE BUSINESS ANY WAY". And promptly hung up the phone. I love plants but you can find yours at a local dealer or Amazon with far better results.
Positive aimeej
Albuquerque, NM
(10 reviews)
December 5, 2015
This comment is in response to the previous one. I have ordered plants from the Violet Barn for years and have grown African violets for a lot longer. The pictures are to let the buyer know what the flowers will look like WHEN they bloom. African violets are sensitive plants which take a long time to acclimate and to reach maturity and are easily damaged in shipping. To assume that you can purchase a full grown, blooming plant for the price that The Violet Barn offers is naive and unrealistic. The Violet Barn ships beautiful, young plants that will reach maturity and bloom beautifully in time. Patience is required. If you have none I would suggest you buy the plants locally and educate yourself. I have NEVER had bad luck with the plants from the Violet Barn. An I highly recommend them.
Negative xmahini
Berkeley, CA
(1 review)
December 3, 2015
Hi All:
I am a newbie in violets. Seeing that my husband ordered some violets from ebay, I ordered nearly $200 worth of African Violets from (with Express shipping) as a Christmas gift for my husband, thinking that a place run by a PhD must be the best place to order. I wrote in the order request that I need big plants in bloom or near bloom to make my husband happy, and if they have small plants, they need to contact me. No one contacted me. My husband stayed at home one day to receive the package. And we both were so disappointed. They sent us tiny little plants and I am not sure if they can be nursed to grow. One is even smaller than the 2-inch diameter of the pot, smaller than the pictures in their Term and Conditions webpage. I would rather have a few that are large enough and in bloom than 14 tiny, pathetic ones. I called them to no avail. They said that they did not have time to contact me. Liar, they must have spent hours to wrap the tiny plants for shipping because it took my husband an hour to unwrap them. My conclusion: they just want my money and are careless about my satisfaction. I feel so betrayed and cheated. If you want to see the pictures of my $200 worth of african violets from Violetbarn, let me know. I just stopped by a local nursery and for $12/each I got a full size, beautifully blooming one. All the pictures about blooming violets on their websites must be fake?

Positive BrisbaneAnne
Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b)
(31 reviews)
September 17, 2015
I ordered 11 plants, mostly Sinningia and Streptocarpus from Violet Barn. They arrived in in perfect condition. The packaging was impressive. Plants all look healthy. I have zero complaint about the whole experience. Very happy.
Positive OakKeeper
Owensburg, IN
(1 review)
June 16, 2015
I ordered both the standard African Violet special and the mini African Violet special. I was very pleased with both orders. I received the plants the following week after ordering, which is pretty good considering I have an order in with another company and am still waiting after two weeks.
It was above 90 degrees the day they arrived. All the Violets were packaged to perfection and not one plant was damaged or over heated. The plants were all healthy and so far insect free.
I have them in my isolation room under lights and they are adjusting nicely. I have since made two orders with this company. I would certainly recommend this company.
Negative EaglesSparrow
Allentown, PA
(1 review)
May 27, 2015
Ordered 5 small plants from the Violet Garden in early May 2015. While 4 of the plants arrived in good condition, one, the Sinningia Bright Eyes - ($10.00), was OVER-packed and "mashed" due to the ridiculous over-packing.

I immediately contacted the Violet Barn, as they request when there is a problem with an order, included photographs of the damaged micro-mini and was told "that is what it should look like". The tiny plant was sopping wet when received and rotted. There was not a single healthy leaf on the plant.

I wrote back and stated this is NOT what a healthy Sinningia should look like. Again I was told that I was wrong and that I received "many, many" tiny plants in this quarter sized micro-mini.

I waited a week and the tiny plant turned into a small rotted patch of dead green. I wrote back again and not wanting to deal with another micro-mini Sinningia, asked them to replace with a mini violet I ordered and that arrived in good condition. I also included more photos of the now completely dead plant.

Again I was told, "My answer remains the same. You have a clump of MANY plants of 'Bright Eyes' with many tubers. Remove the brown leaves if you wish, but keep all else and do not discard the soil/root ball!"

As an online retailer myself, I never argue with a customer and do whatever I can to satisfy my customers. However, Violet Barn's repeated denial of the plant being a lost cause, is more than annoying.

While 4 of 5 arrived in good condition, I will never shop at Violet Barn again and will never have a good thing to say about the arrogant customer service I received.

The Sinningia Bright Eyes, is gone. The entire plant is a rolled up mass of rotted green at this point. I am NOT satisfied with it and consider this throwing $10 in the trash.

The other odd thing, I can no longer find "Sinningia Bright Eyes" on Violet Barn's website. It appears this may have been the last plant that likely should have been tossed rather than sold to an unwary customer.

This leaves a bad taste in my mouth. One bad apple can spoil the bushel and that is exactly how I feel about this situation.

I would like to add that I have been practicing bonsai for 40+ years - even before it became a "popular" pastime - and have over 150 plants growing at any given time. I know the difference between "healthy" and "rotted".
Positive sss56
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
(8 reviews)
May 1, 2015
This was my first purchase from Violet Barn and I was very pleased. I ordered 17 Streptocarpus and 1 Kohleria. Everything was received quickly and came very well packaged. Plants look very healthy and several had blooms. I will definitely order from the Violet Barn again.
Positive deepbluesea
Boston, MA
(2 reviews)
March 24, 2015
Ordered over 20 plants totaling about 160 from them. All plants packaged beautifully and individually wrapped. Every plant felt like a Christmas presents! =D Everyone of them came in prefect shape, not a single bent leaf! This is shipped in MARCH! I will definitely buy from them again!
Positive markrs
San Carlos, CA (Zone 10a)
(10 reviews)
December 26, 2014
I had a very positive experience with the Violet Barn, even though there was one small understandable mistake. I ordered 7 Petrocosmeas. I received 6 beautiful Petrocosmeas and one Begonia. It was clear the Begonia was an honest mistake--it had a name similar to one of the Petrocosmeas. Oh well. I emailed the Violet Barn, and literally within minutes Rob explained and corrected the problem, refunding some of my money. The net result is that I received 6 Petrocosmeas and 1 free Begonia--also a cool species that I did not have.

I received the Petrocosmeas (and Begonia) beautifully packed and in perfect condition, in December.

The Violet Barn's plants are beautiful, their prices low, and their attitude and service exceptional. They are an outstanding company that deserves our business.

Negative lengle
Kansas City, MO
(1 review)
October 17, 2014
I was a first time buyer a couple of weeks ago. I ordered (2) violets.
packaging was nice...plants and root system were very small. For the price I was disappointed and surprised. One plant looked fine, one not so much. After 2 weeks I have lost 1. I contacted the not so friendly Rob at the Violet Barn. Only answer was I had to do something wrong. First No Perlite (yes I did) 2nd pot too big (plant in same pot came in) 3rd I over watered. (I had only watered 1 time, putting 1/2" water in the bottom of my pot in a pot) I asked he replace and will not.. he will give me a free plant on my next order.
I think not... why would I re-order from a company that will not back his products... and only places blame. sounds like many has had good luck.. but if you are one that does not.. don't expect any service.. only attitude.
Positive itsmesue
Canton, IL (Zone 5b)
(8 reviews)
August 18, 2014
My order arrived today. The violets were nice plants.

The Hoyas are smaller than I had thought they would be, but that is ok, as long as they do grow larger and are not stunted.

One of the Hoyas had lost most of it's leaves and is looking rather puny and not so great. I will contact Rob's if it dies and will see how well they are about replacing it if it dies.
Positive krauskg
Peacham, VT (Zone 4b)
(2 reviews)
August 11, 2014
Posted on October 11, 2009, updated August 11, 2014
In December, 2008, I ordered a collection of ten streptocarpus, their choice. The plants were quite small, but nicely packed. They sat in three-inch pots in my cool greenhouse all winter, not growing, not dying. Then they took off in the late-winter sun and warmth, and from May on they have been blooming like mad, and look picture perfect. Cultural instructions were excellent.
On August 11th, 2014, krauskg added the following:

I received another six streps in April, again small plants but all of them are now blooming beautifully.
Demand must really outstrip supply, because many cultivars disappear from their website for a while, only to resurface. I can understand the demand; the plants they send are wonderful.
Positive Ever_Blooming
Camden, ME
(4 reviews)
February 19, 2014
Wow!! I can't believe how beautifully packaged the plants were, and how high the quality. I would have to guess this is a labor of love. I ordered 13 miniature plants, including Sinningias, Euonymus japonicus, Hedera and mini violets. The box was very carefully packed in layers of insulation, the soil was kept in the pots with an ingenious plastic arrangement, and the small pots were then stabilized within a paper tube. These plants arrived in perfect condition in mid-winter here in (very cold and snowy) Maine. I am extremely impressed, and grateful for the beautiful plants.
Positive dlprost
Williamsburg, PA
(2 reviews)
December 27, 2013
Just received my second plant order from Robs since fall. Great service, super fast shipping, and beautiful plants that were carefully packaged. The ones I bought in the fall are all in bloom, warming up the Pennsylvania winter. My favorite plant is strep Bristols Nightfall. I will certainly be back for more.
Positive jglaze
Hillsboro, OH
(4 reviews)
August 16, 2013
Placed an order on Monday, late in the day. The order arrived on Thursday morning. Packaging was extremely well done - each plant had a plastic collar rubber-banded to the pot to contain the soil and had a plastic identification stake included, then wrapped in paper and stapled at either end. The plants were surrounded by insulation and placed inside a cardboard box with air pillows protecting them from all sides. Accompanying the shipment were full instructions on unpacking and care, along with a packing slip. The plants were well rooted and ready to thrive. Excellent!
Positive trackinsand
mid central, FL (Zone 9a)
(47 reviews)
July 16, 2013
very happy with my one small purchase! packaged well and shipped quickly. plant is healthy.
Positive Toni05
Brookfield, IL
(61 reviews)
July 1, 2013
Posted on May 22, 2008, updated July 1, 2013
Received 5 African Violets today. . All five are good-sized, very healthy, and pest-free.
Price per plant is quite reasonable, as is shipping cost.
I talked to the owner, (I think he was the owner) who was very pleasant and helpful.
Soon after our conversation, a confirmation email was sent, letting me know all 5 Av's were available.
Plants were well-packaged, held together with plastic and rubber bands, tucked between newspaper. Foil was lined inside the box for safe-keeping.
Considering the order was phoned in a few days ago, shipping was extremely fast. Toni

On July 1st, 2013, Toni05 added the following:

Rob's, sorry for the delay.

Received four, healthy, S. African Violets.

1. Gemcraft Pink Pearl
2. Frozen in Time
3. Chicago Flair
4. Jolly Jubilee

African Violets, are healthy, highly variegated. Foliage is without tears.

Each plant, securely wrapped, and fast-shipping.

The only con, shipping is a tad costly.

However, your violets are gorgeous. Thanks, Toni
Positive DGRich53
Janeville, WI
(10 reviews)
January 16, 2013
Wow! These people are awesome!

3 baby Gloxiniaís arrived in perfect condition and only a week from my order in the middle of winter Wisconsin style.

My annual January pick-me-up was everything I had hoped so many in the past would have been. They should write a book on how to do retail plant mail order RIGHT.

And I know a number of companies who should read every word, twice.
Positive DenisBronxite
Jamaica, NY
(8 reviews)
December 4, 2012
I've been mail-ordering plants, seeds, supplies, etc., for decades now (I'm 70) and I've never seen any better service than Violet Barn's. The packaging is a joy to behold, so that not a bit of potting medium was disturbed in transit, and all seven of my African violets were in flawless condition. This nursery is sure doing its part to make life happier for us horticulturists.
Positive jimlu
Wiseman, AR
(1 review)
November 8, 2012
The Violet Barn was my first experience in ordering African violets online.I ordered the 10 violet multipack . My wife got tired of the many blue African violets I have running around in the house.They arrived well within the promised time frame in very good condition.Extreme care was taken in growing these beauties.I could tell by the size of the root systems.They were bug free and had some sturdy leaves. They were well packed.No dirt was evident on the bottom of the shipping box and the soil was even moist. I cannot wait until they bloom and get big.I can then start some white,pink and red African violets and put them all over the house!
Positive bluecolumbine
Milwaukee, WI
(5 reviews)
September 27, 2012
Good quality and variety of plants for a reasonable price! I ordered last spring and the plants are all healthy and doing well.
Something to be aware of: Rob seems to be the kind of person who is very curt and to the point, not the sort to go out of his way to be particularly friendly. Maybe it's because he's very busy with the business, or maybe that's just his personality. It's not really a big deal since you don't really have to interact with him much if you're ordering online, but if you do contact them personally be prepared for it.
Positive VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a)
(7 reviews)
April 6, 2012
Posted on June 1, 2009, updated April 6, 2012
I was hesitant to write this review, but I have relied on Garden Watchdog in the past, so I wanted to weigh in on my experience with Rob's Violets. I have to give him a neutral. I phoned in my order, and spoke directly with Rob. As the customer, I just didn't feel important. Customer service and the way you treat people, both in person or over the phone/on-line is very important to me. I felt he was condescending and short over the phone, and again when I emailed to inquire about the order a week later. My order was received, and he does an outstanding packing job... much care and time is put in to packaging the plants for mailing. I only ordered two plants, and while small, they appear healthy, and I don't expect to have any trouble with them.
On April 6th, 2012, VA_Wild_Rose changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

I have just received an order I placed with them last week, and I am much more satisfied with the service I received! I placed this order on-line, and received written confirmation by email on my order status throughout the process. Since my order was placed just before the cut-off date for the change from winter shipping to spring/summer shipping (April 15th), I was not guaranteed live arrival since I did not choose Express shipping. I was confident that with this spring's early mild temps, that my order would be OK with just Priority mail. The order was received in superb condition! Packed with extreme care and well insulated, there was no worry that the plants inside were in great condition. I ordered four plants this time... Three Streptocarpus and one Episcia, and they are all very nice. One plant is in bloom, and one has nice buds on it! I am very happy with my order, and very happy with customer service. I would recommend the Violet Barn and would order from them again. They provide extensive information on their website, and in the orders. Thank you!
Positive AS
(Zone 7a)
(46 reviews)
March 9, 2012
Posted on November 11, 2011, updated March 9, 2012
Posted on November 11, 2011, updated November 11, 2011
I ordered named varieties and received small but well-rooted and healthy starter plants. The spreading African violets had a handful of small leaves and the streptocarpus had at least two leaves, with several smaller leaves starting on one plant.
The plants arrived in good condition. Packaging was careful and well done. They even included a piece of insulation around the plants against the cold weather we've been getting.

It'll be months before they bloom, but provided they are true to name, I'm satisfied.
On November 11th, 2011, AS added the following:

btw, the information the Violet Barn includes with the plants is exceptional, and includes instructions for just about every aspect of growing them. They even included instructions on propagation from leaves (made me think very highly of this company, since most companies would rather you just bought more plants from them).
On March 9th, 2012, AS added the following:

Everything has done very well, and outgrew their little pots after a few months. Only one plant has bloomed so far (was true to name), but that's fine - I'd rather they put their energy into growth and not flowers at first.
Positive LittleVi
Topsham, ME
(3 reviews)
July 17, 2011
I received my first order of 3 miniature African Violets a few weeks ago. I was so impressed that I have already ordered and received 2 more miniature violets. I have ordered many plants, shrubs, and small trees online. Violet Barn out does all the others with their packaging and shipping times! The weather has been unusually hot, yet the violets were completely undamaged. Leaves, blossoms, and buds were perfect. The soil in the pots was still damp. I am already planning my next order. Highly recommended.
Positive SeniorGardening
Sullivan, IN
(14 reviews)
May 15, 2011
I received my first order from The Violet Barn this week. I'd ordered two gloxinia plants. While quite small, both plants arrived in good condition due to some exceptionally good packing. I'm not aware of any other online suppliers of gloxinia plants in the U.S., so I'm thrilled that The Violet Barn has turned out to be a good vendor.

And...I'm a fairly serious and hard-to-satisfy gloxinia grower. See:
Positive kenottonson
Derry, NH
(1 review)
April 5, 2011
Made an online order, but then decided to drive 7 hours to pick it up...glad I did. Stayed at the guest house which the owners rent to out-of-town visitors. Nice operation, clean; neat and orderly; I bought double my original order because I kept seeing things I had to have! Plants were packed nicely for travel (in February) and are all thriving. The variety of offerings is outstanding; a boon for the collector. This is a great small business whose owners are passionate about what they do.

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