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Bluebird Greenhouses

Mailing Address:
4821 Jessie Drive
Apex, North Carolina 27539 (United States)

Phone: (919) 362-0530
Fax: (208) 977-3089

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26 positives
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2 negatives


Positive itsmesue
Canton, IL (Zone 5b)
(8 reviews)
July 11, 2015
Posted on August 20, 2014, updated July 11, 2015
Wow, awesome experience. I love Bluebird Greenhouses. I got my first ever order from them and the plants are wonderful.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by a gift violet. How nice!

Looking forward to ordering from Bluebird Greenhouses again!
On July 11th, 2015, itsmesue added the following:

I placed another order with Bluebird Greenhouses this year and again, I am thrilled with the plants and service from them.

My plants from last year's order are doing great and I am still very happy with them.

I have to say that after these two experiences of ordering from Bluebird Greenhouses, I will certainly order from them again. And they have become one of my favorite sellers.
Negative deepbluesea
Boston, MA
(2 reviews)
March 24, 2015
Worst customer service ever. Kept making excuses as to why she wouldn't ship, after weeks of that she ships without informing me first.
Positive czimmerman00
Elk Horn, KY
(1 review)
December 5, 2013
Posted on February 29, 2012, updated December 5, 2013
Recieved my leaves id ordered and all appear very healthy. Most had an extra leaf of each variety. And lots of extras! Wow! Will definately order again from them! Thank -you!
On December 5th, 2013, czimmerman00 added the following:

ordered some leaves again and they look great. very nice and fresh. she included 3 gift varieties . will definitely order again. thanks!
Positive Cymbelina
Prattville, AL (Zone 8a)
(6 reviews)
March 7, 2013
Just ordered from them for the first time and got four violets today. They arrived very well packed and in pretty good condition though I was a bit worried about the cold weather. Great selection and I can't wait to watch them grow and bloom!
Positive Snug_As_Bug_Rug
Sterling, VA (Zone 7a)
(4 reviews)
March 9, 2012
This was my first purchase as a customer and the excellence and quality of the African Violets I received and all the extras far exceeded my expectations. I will certainly order from them again. Happy Customer!
Positive TerryMI
Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 5b)
(11 reviews)
November 3, 2010
Posted on June 9, 2005, updated November 3, 2010
Excellent experiences with this company. Bluebird has a large selection of varieties that aren't available elsewhere. They aren't as well known for minis but I gave theirs a try and was very happy with the excellent plants I received, Perfectly grown! I ordered a strep from them and it was also very nice.
On November 3rd, 2010, TerryMI added the following:

My order from Bluebird this year is just as nice as in previous years. way to go Bluebird!
Positive emma7
Eau Claire, WI
(3 reviews)
June 12, 2010
Great experience. The website was easy to use and order from. The violets came quickly and were packaged to ensure no broken leaves. The violets they sent were well rooted and the free one even had buds. Also liked the selection of pots and saucers. Will order more from this company in the future. Thank you Bluebird Greenhouse.
Positive wanna_run_fast
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(7 reviews)
October 29, 2009
Excellent service & shipping!!! Received an email telling me 7 african violet leaves order were shipped, received beautifully packed and labeled african violet leaves. The prices were so low I was expecting 1 leaf of each, instead they sent 2 of the larger ones and 3 of the minatures PLUS 5 extra sets of leaves!!!
This is an awesome company and as soon as these root, I'm ordering more from this AAAAAAAA++++++++++ company. They are awesome!!!!!

And the message from Libby on the box was too cute!!!

Thank you Bluebird Greenhouses!!!
Neutral herhold
Fairview, PA
(1 review)
May 21, 2009
For the first time recently I ordered violets by mail from Bluebird Greenhouses. I ordered 6 violets. Received an email from them stating they were out of ONE and did I want a substitute. I responded "no substitute", just sent the other 5 I ordered. Then received an email telling me my order was shipped and I would not be charged for that one and one other. Today I received them and was quite upset. Out of 6 violets I only received 3 that I ordered and two substitutes. One of the substitutes is purple of which I have more than I need and the other I have no idea because there is no pix on their website. They didn't bother to check with me on this problem - just went ahead and shipped them. Not a good experience, so will try someone else in the future.
On May 22nd, 2009, herhold changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I emailed Bluebird about the shipping of incorrect plants to me. They were very cooperative in agreeing to mail me the two plants I should have received in the batch of 5. Apparently they mixed my order up with someone else. This is not a good thing to do, but I'm pleased they're cooperating. I also had several broken leaves on what are quite small plants. They need to wrap more carefully. Will try them again in the future, but for now I'm neutral on their business.
Positive sandpoms
Holmen, WI
(12 reviews)
May 20, 2009
Ordered the packages of 6 minis and also 6 regular size assorted variety of violets and a couple other plants that I selected. I ordered these a couple days apart. I called and they kindly combined my order for shipping. I received my plants, as ordered, along with a bonus plant gift. Each plant was marked as to what it was. The shipping was very fast, even though I just paid for regular shipping. The plants are very nice quality. At first I didn't think any had flowers yet, until I took off the very tight plastic wrap (Need really sharp scissor to get off the wrap). About half had flowers/buds, all plants looked very healthy. The mini's are super tiny and very cute. I finally found a use for some antique china teacups... adorable. The regular size ones were great too, bigger than expected.
On May 20th, 2009, sandpoms added the following:

The selection they carry is awesome! With the minis I got some with variegated leaves, they are unique and lovely. I've never seen such a variety of violets as they have on their website....hard to decide which to get. I'm glad I got the assortment that they pick to start with since it made it easy and was economical. I ordered many more violets from them today. I highly recommend them for violets, both mini and regular size.
On May 29th, 2009, sandpoms added the following:

I ordered some more mini and standard sized violets that I recieved today. They were nicely packaged, I received them quickly, and the shipping price was very low. I am VERY satisfied with the quality of these violets and the great customer service. Very healthy plants. My only complaint is it would be nice if they included a care booklet on the violets.
Positive luvblueridgemtn
(Zone 7b)
(13 reviews)
October 2, 2008
This is my first order with Bluebird Greenhouses. I am very pleased with my order. I ordered 2 African Violets and received 3. All 3 are in great shape. I was able to order some hard to find pots also. I will order from them again.
Positive divvajacko
Hinckley, OH (Zone 6a)
(40 reviews)
September 26, 2008
My order was wonderful. I ordered two chiritas and received three!!

Admittedly one of my chiritas was a bit damaged but the crown and roots were completely intact so I am already regrowing it.

I received an extra chirita in the same shipment in excellent condition as is the other chirita.

I have no complaints here as I received the extra plant as I'm sure they noticed that the one plant was not in good shape.

I would order again.
On February 11th, 2009, divvajacko added the following:

Another great shipping job by Bluebird Green houses. Big African Violets with mimimal leaf damage. If I have leaf damage I simply pot up the leaf and behold, I get another plant.

People really need to be more reasonable about shipping damage. The way things get bounced around, it's amazing that anything arrives at all.
On March 19th, 2009, divvajacko added the following:

Another great order from Bluebird's. Healthy plants that didn't even have a broken leaf. I'm placing another order.
Negative SharonW
Boise, ID
(2 reviews)
August 16, 2008
I recently ordered plants from Bluebird Nursery, mostly chiritas and streptocarpus.

The plants arrived with shipping damage. Although this could have happened in transit, it appeared to me as though the plants were damaged when they were wrapped at the nursery.

One of the streptocarpus failed to thrive and I pitched it into the trash at the end of two weeks rather than take a chance on infecting my other plants.

After several months, one of the streps and one of the chiritas finally bloomed, neither plant is what the label says that it is. I had thought so from the beginning, because of the leaves, but waited for a bloom before passing judgement.

I won't buy from them again. It just isn't worth it. I will stick with Brennan's Orchids, Lyndon Lyons, and a few ebay sellers that have excellent reputations.

Positive rosewynd
Anza, CA (Zone 8b)
(3 reviews)
November 12, 2007
I ordered two plants and 3 leaves. One of the plants that I really wanted wasn't available and they let me know immediately.

And they shipped immediately. And my job sent me 75 miles away for training, so I couldn't get to the post office to pick up my box.

The box, with my new baby plants, arrived at the post office Nov. 1. And it waited..... because I couldn't GET there before they closed. Normally, my post office puts packages in a big locker and leaves a key in my box - so I CAN get stuff. But not this time..... And then they were closed on Sat.

Finally, I got them - on Nov. 5. I was so sure everything was dead and squishy.

Brought the box home, opened it up - everything looked GREAT!!

Everything still looks great! I am very, very happy and very impressed.
Positive ctgrower
Stratford, CT
(17 reviews)
October 23, 2007
Just made my first purchase from this wonderful company. Found the site very easy to navigate, ordering was a cinch, and the pictures of BOTH blossoms and plants very clear and helpful. Ordered leaves from five varieties and received three other sets for free -- very nice selections, too. Even the outside of the shipping package was delightful; Libby wrote: "Help! Let us out! We need air and water!!" Can't wait to order more in the Spring, and will be sure to tell anyone else interested in African Violets about this gem of a nursery! Thank you so much; I am a VERY satisfied customer.
On April 25th, 2008, ctgrower added the following:

Received my second order and couldn't be happier. In addition to the leaves and plant I ordered (all healthy and fresh) Libbie sent me another lovely full-sized plant -- in bud -- as a gift! I cannot help but contrast this to a purchase I made at another online African violet supplier who sent three very small plants (after six months, still not a bud on any) for $32!! For the same amount of money, I have a tray full of plants (most of the leaves gave me two or three plantlets) from Bluebird Greenhouse. I know I'm not alone in feeling that plant orders should bring us joy, excitement and positive feelings, and Bluebird Greenhouse has it down to a very fine art indeed. Thanks, Libbie!
Positive plantladylin
(Zone 1)
(7 reviews)
September 20, 2007
I have ordered from Bluebird Greenhouse 4 times this year and have been very happy with the plants I've received ... very good size and very healthy. Great communication and fast shipping.
Positive loveviolets49
Saint Cloud, MN
(3 reviews)
June 28, 2007
I have ordered twice from this company this year. I have been very pleased with both orders. The second order came today, June 27, 2007. The plants are huge, ready to bloom, and in very good shape. They are packaged very well. This company has been very easy to work with. They have also been very helpful. They are always willing to answer any questions regarding the plants and availabity. The plants arrive 2 days after they have been shipped.
Positive dispatcher1
Seymour, IN (Zone 5b)
(3 reviews)
March 29, 2007
I redeemed a gift certificate with Bluebird and received the order yesterday. Very quick delivery, great packaging, and nice size plants . They even sent a gift plant! Great company! Will be ordering from them again. Lou
Positive milliemaxwell
Marietta, GA
(3 reviews)
November 22, 2006
I placed three orders between October 10th and November 2nd. All three were shipped on Monday and arrived two days later on Wednesday. I have nothing but praise for this company on quality and packing. I will be ordering again soon.
Positive blugirl97
Jacksonville, FL
(2 reviews)
June 25, 2006
I was very happy with the quality of plants I ordered from this company. I ordered four different leaf varieties, a plant, and some pots. All came in very good shape, and packaged well. They gave me a bonus plant of one of the leaf varieties that I had ordered as well.
Positive PurplePetal
Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
(1 review)
April 22, 2006
I bought a few leaves to grow new plants. All of the leaves were in great shape and I was given two leaves for most of the ones that I ordered. There were even 2 extra plants that leaves were given as a gift. This was a great first experience with this company and I will definitely be buying again in the future.
Positive jll
Pendleton, OR
(32 reviews)
April 17, 2006
Libby well go the extra mile. the plants are nice. Emails are awnserd right away. well order again.
Positive RDT
Crossville, TN (Zone 6b)
(8 reviews)
April 9, 2006
I communicated with Jen and Libbie. I received prompt answers.
I ordered in February. I was given information that they would be delivered when it was warmer. No problem as I was aware of this.
I was sent an email when my plants were shipped (Early April). The package was well prepared, not one leaf was broken. Out of the 5 plants 4 had buds. They sent a free bonus plant.
I am very pleased with the company. Linda
Positive Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX (Zone 8a)
(2 reviews)
April 8, 2006
I went to Bluebird today and was quite pleased with their variety of plants. I bought 21 African Violets and some supplies and my experience was very positive. I asked a lot of questions and they answered them promptly. The lady showed me how to groom my plants and how to take the suckers off of my African Violets. I will definitely do business with them again.

On January 31st, 2007, Plantcrazii added the following:

I went to Bluebird's Greenhouse on Jan 26, 2007 and had a really great time. Jennifer showed me a lot of the new African violets and streptocarpuses and I bought a couple of hanging baskets with episcias in them and I also got many mini African Violets and several streptocarpuses. She gave me some cuttings and also answered any questions that I had. I really did enjoy my visit to Bluebird's and I can hardly wait to go again. I have nothing but positive things to say about them. And they have the cheapest price on their 4 inch pots than anywhere else, even online.
Positive Spider07
Lilburn, GA
(13 reviews)
March 2, 2006
I am extremely happy with my plants. They arrived in great condition and look beautiful. I also received a Streptocarpus gift and I loved it!

Will be coming back for more!
On June 20th, 2008, Spider07 added the following:

Received another order from them yesterday.

The plats look wonderful and i got a lovely gift.

All streps look very healthy and strong.

Great job Libby!
Neutral Chris_Lorry
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b)
(7 reviews)
February 10, 2006
I have gotten some wonderful plants from this company.
My only issue is that I often get substitutions. They are often out of stock on certain varieties and sometimes the plants are too wet.
All have survived nicely though.
Positive rylaff
Niceville, FL (Zone 8b)
(18 reviews)
November 4, 2005
I ordered several items from this company. Six plants, some wick and several pots. They arrived promptly and shipping was very cheap.The plants were much bigger than I anticipated. I will definately buy from them again.
Neutral Allison_FL
Dunedin, FL (Zone 10b)
(16 reviews)
October 21, 2005
I have placed several orders from this wonderful company ! Plants are nice size and packaged with care. My Streptocarpus was also in a 4 " pot blooming with buds :))
Supplies are excellent too ! I have bought many, trialers, mini's, Standards, plants leaves, Streps everything was perfect ! Each order came with a free gift too ! Thank you Libby ! Blirbird green house has the easiest ordering system.
Plain and simple to order and pay makes shopping fun with Blue Bird Greenhouse :)) I am always looking forward to my next order ! Allison ~ Florida
On January 27th, 2006, Violet_Treasure changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:

I am sorry to say I must change my feedback. I have ordered a lot before and got miss-labeled plants and just let it fly.
But my last order from Dec/Jan. Plants were soken wet and pour quality.
But I still ordered a Miniature Special of six sense a friend got it.
Not only was one marked Baby Tears , and this is a standard, three other of the plants were same plants I paid full price for two weeks before. They were all soaked wet heavy , pour condition which is Lethal to African violets.
>>> I wrote and got this reply >>

Thanks for letting me know about Baby Tears! She is one I picked up earlier
this year at the AVSA convention and it must have been mismarked at that
time. If I cannot find a name I will have to Keep it for retail or
collection sales (where folks are not concerned about names).

Watering in the winter is tricky...our days yoyo from sunny and warm to dark
and cold and that makes it difficult to regulate. I do know our plants are
not at their best but this is not our shipping season and this should be our
time to grow for spring orders.

Thanks for the feedback.


I was not Happy with her reply so I sent out another email;
Dear Libby,
Thank you for your reply to my email. I must tell you however that I am more than just a little disappointed in the response.
I understand all that you have said, but must interject that it would have been preferable to me to be given the option to wait until the plants had dried out just a bit to be shipped. This would have ensured that you had a happy (and repeat) customer. If my order were a small one, perhaps I wouldnít be so concerned but I spent over $100 ( just Dec./an.)on this order alone, and for someone on a restricted disability income, that constitutes a large chunk for me.
Some of the plants were just completely soggy. As you know, this is a death sentence for AV's.

I donít place my orders lightly, and consider very carefully the sources I order from based on several factors. Quality, health, variety and most importantly, customer service. At the moment, I am feeling that you are not concerned with the overall poor quality in which my plants arrived.

As an avid grower of gesneriads and someone who is disabled, I do the majority of my gesneriad shopping via the internet. I rely on companies like yours to be of the highest quality. Unfortunately the violets I received just donít represent the quality that I have received from Bluebirds in the past orders. I am not sure the remnants of the violets will even be salvageable. I also need to know that the plants are labeled correctly.

I know for a fact that based on my word of mouth recommendation that two of my friends placed orders with you in the last few weeks, because I told them that yours was a reputable high quality company Ė one personís violets were so wet that it took an entire day of wicking the water off to resurrect the plants. Please renew my faith that this is the case by sending replacements or offering me a store credit for the misnamed variety, and the violets that were so wet that they were crown rotted.

Below is a list of the ones Iíd like to be credited or have reshipped to me.
1. Mis-labeled Miniature " Baby Tear" also soggy wet pour condition
Other five mini's poor condtion dull unhealthy foliage heavy soggy soil.
>>>Note my last order of Miniatures were the same >

Libby, I know you and your company care very much about customer service and I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can continue to place orders with you in the future.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Allison Turner
This letter was sent twice to Libbie with no answer.
So I feel my feedback needs to change to neg. and I won't be ordering anymore .

On February 4th, 2006, Violet_Treasure changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Refund was given for last order . Thank you.
Positive AnjC
Clyde, NY (Zone 5a)
(3 reviews)
May 15, 2005
Placed my first order for 6 african violets with this company in March, before their shipping season started for the North. Communication was good, with prompt confirmation and an update on shipping status. The order was not billed to my credit card until it was shipped. The shipment was extremely well packed: individual 4" pots were bagged and taped in plastic to minimize moisture/soil loss, and the entire plant was wrapped securely in newspaper and cushioned in styro peanuts. Plants were large, healthy, and in bud, with minimal shipping stress. The company even included a bonus plant--in the same color range as the rest of my order! Prices were reasonable, compared with Ebay and other vendors of named varieties. I would happily deal with THIS company again.
Positive PlantMomto3
Nevada, MO (Zone 6a)
(24 reviews)
April 16, 2005
For the second time, I ordered plants and leaves from Bluebird. Again, I was very pleased with my order. The violet plants are large compared to the size I usually receive from other vendors. The leaves were very fresh and look great. As an added bonus, I have received gift plant and/or leaves with each of my orders. Packing was great and the notes on the outside of the box indicating that lives plants were in the box and wanted out please caused my postman to stop me as I was driving to hand-deliver them to me! (I have a great postman!) Anyway, I would highly recommend Bluebird as a wonderful vendor for African Violets.
On July 27th, 2006, PlantMomto3 added the following:

Great again!

Very nice-sized, healthy plants. Many in bud. I ordered one leaf of a variety and it was upgraded to a plant! This in addition to a gift plant.

The plants were well packaged and there was not a single leaf broken. Wonderful vendor!
On July 27th, 2006, PlantMomto3 added the following:

Great again!

Very nice-sized, healthy plants. Many in bud. I ordered one leaf of a variety and it was upgraded to a plant! This in addition to a gift plant.

The plants were well packaged and there was not a single leaf broken. Wonderful vendor!
Positive EPPaar
Savannah, GA
(2 reviews)
May 7, 2004
I recently ordered some African Violet supplies through this company. The order arrived promptly (within a week) and complete. I look forward to dealing with them again in the near future.

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