Customer comments and feedback
We ship out thousands of orders, and tens of thousands of plants, each year. We take pride in the fact that we send healthy, well-grown and groomed, plants. These are carefully wrapped and boxed and shipped out as soon as possible–more than 90% of orders are shipped within a matter of days of our receiving them.
We guarantee safe delivery of all orders, and healthy, properly labeled, and true-blooming plants. On occasion (about 1 in every 100 orders), we’ll have to make good on our guarantee. Sometimes, plants perish in weather that’s too hot or cold, sometimes the post office “squashes” a box and, sometimes, we’re to blame for poor packaging or clerical mistakes. In such cases, we’ll reship plants, issue a credit, or refund money as needed.
In any event, we always try to please and look for ways to improve our growing, shipping, or service.
Need to contact us? You can send us an email, or if you need an immediate answer to your question, you can contact us by phone (585-374-8592) during normal business hours (12-5 pm EST).
If you are having problems with a plant or need advice on plant care, we suggest contacting us by phone, since an informed diagnosis will require discussing the condition of the plant, your growing environment, and the like. You can also email a photo of the problem plant(s) with a description of the problem and its care and environment. We suggest using the information provided in the “plant care” pages of this site before calling us, since many answers can be found there.
Here’s a few of the unsolicited comments recently made by some of our customers. All appear precisely as written, without editing. So that the page doesn’t become too lengthy, we only reprint those received during the last 12 months.
The “compliments”: Some of our recent satisfied customers speak…
From Terry, in KS
I just shared pictures of your violets on my Facebook plants lovers group. You might be getting a lot of interest from Kansas. My plants arrived in perfect condition. I’m very pleased. March 27, 2020
From Taylor, in TX
Just wanted to reach out and let you know that my order arrived safe and sound. And I am absolutely thrilled with the care your company took into packaging them and including the page with tips and info on how to care for my new plants! Really appreciate it and will be recommending your company to all of my friends and will probably ordering some as gifts in the future! March 26, 2020
Thank you for your special effort in making my mother’s memorial service complete.
The violets are beautiful and many people commented on them. I know you went above and beyond to get them to me in time for the service and my family and I can’t thank you enough. March 2, 2020
From Kathy, in CA
Thank you so much for the amazing packing. According to the invoice, three people initialed my order before shipment. Amazing! I’ve been growing African Violets for years (yes, in the desert), and I’m always on the lookout for unusual varieties. I will be back. February 28, 2020
From Len, in OH
I wanted to reach out and let you know the shipment of 5 ferns I just received was amazing. These specimens are more than I expected at an extremely reasonable price. February 20, 2020
From Kelly, in NH
I just wanted to let you know that I am so very impressed with your products! I have a pretty big collection of orchids and tropicals and I have dealt with many online sellers! You have, far and away, the best packing system I’ve ever seen! And thank you for the brochure of the nertgs.org. And let’s not forget about the plants! Another winner!!!! Outstanding! February 13, 2020
From Anne C,
My sister sent me pictures this morning with the happiest note “best gift ever!” As always you and your staff did a terrific job and the plants are gorgeous. You made her 65th birthday very special and I am so grateful. Thank you very, very much! Wishing you all an early beautiful spring. February 13, 2020
From Jeanette, in NY
I just finished unpacking my BEAUTIFUL shipment of African Violets from you. I am stunned and delighted to silence, which is a rare condition for loquacious me. Thank you so very much for the unique and beautiful selection, Thank you for packing them so well and beautifully, they looked like a Japanese art form. I have never seen anything like it and besides Violets, I have been growing orchids and getting them shipped for 38 years.
No other vendor comes close to the way you package your shipments, no one. I have never experienced the care you took to pack my shipment. I cannot imagine how long it took you to pack them up, but it took me 2 1/2 hours to unpack and inspect. I am so happy; I am so pleased. Worth every penny. I took pictures and am sending them to all my plant loving friends. Thank you again. Thank you so much! January 20, 2020
Eileen, in CA
Thanks so much! We received this order today and are so excited we loaded up our cart again with more plants tonight!! Thanks again for the lovely plants!! We are soooo pleased with the new pant babies!! January 30, 2020
From Casey, in KY
I just wanted to take a minute to send you guys a message. I am 100% thrilled with my package. The packaging is impeccable. Each plant appears perfect. I order a lot of plans online or on Facebook because most of my local places don’t offer the type of begonias or other plants and tropicals that I like. So with that being said, you all have the best packing and shipping I’ve seen. Most of my experiences have been good, only a couple bad experiences with shipping. But your all‘s packaging is 100% better than any other that I’ve seen. So I just wanted to send a message to say thank you it means a lot I don’t have a lot of money to spend on plants but usually extra money that I get, I do and so every penny counts. I’m glad that my money was insured with your all‘s perfect plants and packing. Thank you so much. January 16, 2020
My mom’s violets arrived at her home in Florida yesterday and she was so excited! They are perfect! Thank you so much… we look forward to many years of beauty! January 9, 2020
From Mary, in AL
I purchased five African Violets a year ago. Was concerned how my plants would look when they arrived by mail. When they arrived I as pleasantly surprised at packing of each violet which ensured that my plants were in very good condition. These plants after one year are large healthy plants that has bloomed several times. I love these plants. Now I want more. Great hobby for me. January 2, 2020
Just wanted to send a big THANK YOU! You’re website even allowed me to pay from a European bank account. I’m outside the country and have been for years. I’m in the middle of a political mess, currently unable to leave the country I’m in. My mother was very happy to receive the violets and said they were packed in an “indestructible way”. November 23, 2019
From Debby, in CA
Oh my gosh! I just received these beautiful little African Violets and they are wonderful! You packed them all so nicely and I can’t thank you enough! I have some old fashioned tea cups that they are going to be so happy in. Thank you so much! November 20, 2019
From Genevieve, in FL
Thank You! My third order and again, it arrived impeccably packed, everything in perfect condition. As it came Express Priority it arrived overnight – all the way from cold NY state to warm Florida and not a leaf out of place, every plant perky and beautiful! Totally worth the extra $ for Express. Violet Barn and these beautiful little plants have totally won my heart! November 15, 2019
From Laura, in WI
Received my new little babies – all arrived in perfect condition and healthy in spite of being delivered during our first snow of the year. Only casualty was 1 broken leaf on an otherwise thriving plant. Thank you for the care you took in packing them all in little paper blankets and then bundling the group up in a padded silver foil bag protected with bubble wrap and then set into the box. I’m excited to see how they grow and what the blooms will look like when they arrive. I see Rob’s Boolaroo arrived with a bud up and almost ready to open. November 10, 2019
From Donna, in TX
Thanks ever so much for again sending clear planters as they all match. I LOVE all the violets I received. thx also for the special free one!! All four are vigorous proven bloomers. November 7, 2019
From Marion, in CT
I just received my plants in excellent condition. They are beautiful with one blooming. Thanks so much for your careful packing. I am looking forward to seeing all of them blooming and bringing me joy. I will be ordering again and referring you to my friends. November 7, 2019
From Marielle, in Quebec
I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent service you gave us. The flowers were fantastic and received in perfect state (the packaging was excellent). You demonstrate kindness and patience toward us, our English is kind of deficient and my knowledge about flowers is very limited. You are a true professional Thank you. Hoping to re-order from Violet Barn in the near future. October 31, 2019
From Carolyn, in NC
Just wanted to thank you for both of my recent orders. Both of them were received in good shape. The first order had six broken leaves, but today’s order only had two. I think your packing of the plants is wonderful and the plants are very healthy. The plants in my first order of about a month ago have already doubled in size. Just wanted to give your workers a pat on the back!!!!! October 19, 2019
From Genevieve, in FL
What a treat, opening a perfectly packed box and finding such exquisite plants in lovely condition! I am new at this and had never seen miniature or trailing African Violets. I am delighted. I started with six of your AVs – mini, trailing, and standard, and will be ordering more and will never buy anywhere else. The separate order of ceramic and plastic pots is also very pleasing. October 18, 2019
I am so pleased to say I received my order today of 10 beautiful, intact African violets and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve already recommended your company to the mail delivery lady! She was very interested in your violets. September 26, 2019
From Sue, in MI
All your Violets look beautiful, and I can’t wait to save enough money to order a few. I’ve been telling lots of people about you all and my sister ordered from you and got her plants several days ago. She was very pleased. I do have a question, wondering if you would suggest the best fertilizer for Violets. I see so many and would like to try something new. I have about 10 Violets, but would love to have more. September 27, 2019
From Sandra, in Ontario
Just received my violets order this afternoon and wanted to thank you for the extreme are taken in packing the little guys. Only had one small casualty – one broken leaf, but everything else was perfect. It is always such a concern when shipping fragile plants, and especially all the way to Canada, so it was such a pleasure to receive everything intact. August 23, 2019
From Barbara, in KY
I received my order today and wanted to thank you so much for the great packaging and plants not damaged. I order a lot of house plants and you are by far the best in getting my plants here safe and sound. Thank you for your time at processing my order.I have another order coming; can’t wait. August 22, 2019
From Connie, in AR
I recieved my order on August 16th. The plants arrived in perfect condition.the Episcia was in bloom currently the species violets are in bloom. I will most definitely order from you again. August 20, 2019
From Tracy, in WV
I would like to thank you for helping me through an African violet crisis last summer. I am certain you wouldn’t remember the phone call, but I had purchased three of your miniature African violets prior to leaving on vacation. They were all healthy and beautiful when I left. But when I returned, Rob’s Dodo Bird had nothing but three leaves remaining (through no fault of Violet Barn). You kindly and patiently talked me through the procedure for creating a “little spade” in an attempt to propagate what was left in hopes of saving the plant. I am happy to attach a picture of the two delicate little plants that I now have. It has taken quite a while and they have not bloomed yet, but the leaves alone make this plant special. Thank you, Rob and everyone at the Violet Barn, for the excellent service you provide and for the quality of plants you sell. July 19, 2019
You always send me such beautiful and healthy plants. Thank you so much; I sincerely appreciate it. July 2, 2019
From Barbara, in NY
I was so happy with my first order from the Violet Barn, the adorable mini violets were packed So well and looked so healthy~ I can’t wait to place my next order and am trying to plan a trip upstate to see all of Your beauties in person. July 1, 2019
From Peggy, in VA
Thank you so very much for my lovely violets. I received 3 orders this week, all from professional sellers. Yours was the most carefully wrapped of all. No damage. Plants just as pictured. You are the pros. June 16, 2019
From Debbie, in TN
Just opened my box of PLANTS!!!!?? I just have to say THANK YOU! This is the best box of PLANTS I have ever ordered!! You guys are great at packing plants. I was just speechless. The packing of each tiny plant was just amazing. Who does this these days, now how can I get them to grow?? Do u have a website that will help me with these beautiful plants. I heard they like to be put in shallow pots. Thanks for all of your CARE IN PACKING these!! Have a great week! June 7, 2019
From Carol, in WA
Thank you, Rob & staff for the lovely little sinningias. They are a new type of plant for me, but I have confidence drawing on the experience that I’ve had with Violet Barn when ordering African violets & streptocarpus in past years. Healthy plants, superior packing & great web site are recipe for success for a beginner like me! Thanks! May 26, 2019
From Michael, in NY
My order was delivered today and again I am delighted with my purchase. I ordered 50 African Violet’s last September for my wedding and they were just perfect The Violet barn will always be my go to for my plant needs. May 9, 2019
For the third time (I believe . . not sure . . maybe the fourth? . . getting older . . .), my order has arrived in EXCELLENT CONDITION. Your packing methods and people must be congratulated! Never had a bad shipment! Always love the plants! Thank you many times over – a true fan! May 6, 2019
From Terri, in PA
I just had to write to tell you how pleased I was to get my order. It has taken me a week to do so but “better late than never”, so they say. When my (and my mother’s) plants arrived from you they were wrapped within a box that guaranteed that they weren’t going to move nor get harmed. That is an amazing setup that you use. Kudos to you!!! I purchased our 1st mini from you. It’s so adorable, if I can say that about a plant!! Your plants are very healthy too! Because of these factors, I will be switching from the only vendor I’ve purchased from, over to you from now on. May 5, 2019
From Paul, in HI
Thank you very much for your expertise in packing my order. It was a long trip from New York to Hawaii, yet not a single leaf was damaged! April 22, 2019
From Rosanne, in OH
I am so pleased with my first order from you guys! The miniatures are too cute for words – and a beautiful variety was sent in my “growers choice”! The standard will be fun to watch. And the miniature AV pots in Parisian red – perfect! Oo la la! I will review each as they acclimate and thrive. For now, thank you! April 20, 2019
From Robbie, in OH
I would like to thank you for such wonderful service and beautiful plants. The violets arrived at my neice’s in Florida and are nice healthy plants and some already have buds forming. I would certainly recommend the Violet Barn to others and truly appreciate you fantastic customer service. April 12, 2019
From Virginia, in IN
My violets arrived packed very very carefully I am so anxious for them to grow and bloom. This was my first order from you and I will order again. So excitng!!! They were my 78th
birthday present to myself. Thank you. March 30, 2019
From Anne, in MD
I’m so impressed with my first order!!! Thank you. This was a birthday gift to myself and I have to say I was beyond charmed at how well everything was packed. Whoever creates the perfect little newsprint cocoons is an artist. And my goodness-such healthy gems each plant looks as they emerged from these protective pockets. I am already planning another order as I’m beyond pleased with my first. February 14, 2019
From Sally, in CO
My order came in January to Colorado. Was I thinking when I placed this order? No!
They arrived quickly and were packaged with so much love. All arrived safely. I would and will continue to purchase through your company. Thank you so much for offering unique terrarium plants. Letting your love for plants show even in the care of packing is a complete package for me. February 7, 2019
From Justin, in OK
My plants arrived today and they are perfect! Thank you for an awesome ordering experience. I will be ordering more very soon! February 6, 2019
From Sandi, in VA
Thank you Rob, Lucy and Staff at Violet Barn. The order arrived in excellent condition as always. I appreciate how well you package the flowers and the time and thought that went into sending this and all of your orders. I cannot thank you enough for delivering beauty and joy into my life. Thank you, I always enjoy these wonderful flowers. January 25, 2019
From Jackie, in VA
I just saw the comments from Jan in NH and, as her 89 year old mother, I just want to add how delighted I was with all the violets! Several in bloom and all so healthy and ready to grow—probably due to the wonderful packaging that protected them from the winter weather. (I came back to the site to get more information on planting the miniatures in terrariums which is my “project for the day”. January 12, 2019
From Audrey, in AR
I just wanted to let you know my prayers for safe arrival of my order via USPS
priority in freezing weather were all answered. My violets, streptocarpus and begonia arrived in perfect condition. I can’t thank you enough for your excellent packaging and insulation. It made a big difference by turning a stressful day into feeling like I got out of
school early for the day. I am grateful for your care in shipping and to all the USPS drivers who kept the box moving forward. I expect many years of enjoyment for myself and my co-workers. So grateful! January 11, 2019
From Win, in AR
Today, Fri. Jan. 11th we received our order of four African Violet plants from The Violet Barn. The plants arrived with no broken leaves. They were neat, with an orderly appearance. Thanks to your employees who packaged the plants so to make the trip from New York to Arkansas, in the dead of winter, and arrive in Great Condition. We have ordered African Violets before, from The Violet Barn, and always pleased with your service. January 11, 2019
From Jan, in NH
I gave my mother a gift certificate for Christmas and she received her order yesterday. She is so pleased! I’ve been giving her gifts for over 50 years (she’s 89), and I think this may have been her favorite. I’m forwarding her message, so you can enjoy it. Thank you! January 5, 2019
…and some “constructive” criticism: Yes, we sometimes get complaints–we guarantee safe delivery on all orders and occasionally need to process a refund or send a replacement plant (our average is about 1 in every 100 orders). We haven’t printed these. These are the more specific complaints/comments that customers have made–we reprint them so that we have a chance to explain, improve our work and, perhaps, avoid similar problems in the future…..
From Laura, in TX
I have ordered from you twice, the first order was beautiful strong plants, most of which were in some stage of bloom. My most recent order was 5 plants, all of which were quite small, actually probably a year from blooming and some so small they did not make the trip well and I am still trying to revive them. I don’t know what you do in this scenario, but someone who pays over $10 per plant should receive a strong, medium sized and healthy plant. Please advise on what if anything you can do to remedy the situation. August 2, 2019 Our reply: Sorry for your disappointment. Two of plants ordered were miniature, so should be small. Others were standard size. They were smaller than what we normally ship, as all of the standards ordered were either the last in stock or nearly so (had none larger to ship). All will grow and bloom FAR in advance of a year–under our conditions probably within 6-8 weeks.
This is my first time ordering from you and I can’t say it has been pleasant. One order after placed came back saying 2 of the plants are no longer available. Now an order I thought had gone through came back as cancelled because I ordered a plant and a pot. I ordered a magazine which said it had a free plant with it. Not sure what I am getting. Must say I’m disappointed. June 9, 2019 Our reply: Glazed pots must be ordered and shipped separately from plants (they would crush plants in box). This is stated on website. Paypal creates issues since it takes you off of site for payment, in which time it removes the last of an item from inventory. This is an issue with Paypal, and will not occur if you are ordering using a credit card on our site. Paypal also prevents us from adding the additional shipping for the glazed pots to the order. A free plant is added to plant order when AVSA membership is purchased from site. Since we did not want so send such a small partial order, issue a refund to you paypal account for items not shipped or send you what you did not want, and could not adjust shipping for what was ordered, we cancelled the order. You may reorder if you wish (separately for pots and plants).
From Mary Ann,
Have received the 2 plants ordered from you. I am disappointed and surprised to see that the leaves on the streptocarpus, Bristol’s white lily, were damaged. One of the leaves were trimmed at the end (due to what looked like damaged) and the other leaf had splits on its sides. The Irish Flirt violet was very small, and had no flower buds. I am very surprised and disappointed in the quality of your plants. For what I paid for these plants, I would have thought I would have gotten nicer plants, especially without damage to them. Our reply: The leaves on the streptocarpus were intentionally trimmed. We need to do this to properly pack the plants–strep leaves can be long and they need to fit properly in the box. As for the Irish Flirt, it is a young plant. It is healthy and will bloom. We had many of this variety in bloom a few weeks ago, but sold them all and now have only younger plants to ship. We cannot promise all plants will be sent in bloom all the time.
From Daniela, in NJ
I kept an eye out for the postman to make sure that when he dropped it off I would bring it right in. I believe the plants you sent were too immature for shipping. Well, they all died. I have grown plants for many years, this has never happened to me. February 4, 2019 Our reply: Sorry this occured. Looking at your order, the plants shipped were more than mature enough to ship (two were miniatures, both about to bloom). The issue was the weather–it is very cold here and in NJ when shipped. This is why we can only guarantee safe arrival via Express mail in winter (you chose priority mail). This is stated on every page of our shopping cart, as well as in our order confirmation. In particular, see the “priority or express mail?” page for a full explanation.
From Cindy, in IL
Be very careful when ordering in the winter. Their website isn’t the greatest and when I clicked on shipping it gave choices. I picked most economical and lost 3 out of five plants to cold damage. They should only offer express shipping. January 24, 2019 Our reply: It is not our decision to make, nor money to spend! We do recommend Express shipping on EVERY page of our site, prominently highlighted and displayed on the home page, and on multiple places on the checkout page. Then remind customers again in their order confirmation. Many customers choose priority mail without problems, but it IS riskier–again, not our decision to make or money to spend.